Philosophy 421

PHIL 421: Topics in Philosophy

Prerequisite: Six hours of philosophy and junior or senior standing

Credit Hours: (3)

This course is an in-depth examination of a particular problem, theme, or issue of interest to contemporary philosophers. Recent topics have included The Future of Philosophy, Feminism, Language and Power, and Philosophical Issues of War and Peace. This course may be taken up to three times with a different topic each time.


Detailed Description of the Content of the Course

This course will investigate a philosophical problem of current interest with intensity and involvement. This will be an "in depth" study and should offer opportunity to create expertise in dealing with problematic issues. It may also create the opportunity to make philosophy practically applicable. Each time this course is offered a detailed description of the course content will be submitted to the department curriculum committee.


Detailed Description of the Conduct of the Course

The conduct of the course may vary with the particular instructor and topic. In general the seminar/discussion method will be used.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

This course will offer the advanced student an opportunity to focus on a particular issue of interest to contemporary philosophers. Students should:

1. Gain specialized knowledge of the particular problem or issue being studied and a familiarity with various positions on the issue.
2. Gain experience in conducting philosophical research.
3. Gain experience in writing philosophical essays.
4. Sharpen critical thinking skills.
5. Sharpen critical reading skills.


Assessment Measures

Assessment measures will vary with different instructors. In general, students will be assessed on the basis of class participation, essay exams, and term papers.


Other Course Information

This course fulfills a core requirement for majors with a concentration in philosophy and may be used as a department elective for all Philosophy and Religious Studies majors.


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

July 1991 None Charles D. Taylor
May 1994 Course information clarified Kim J. Kipling
May 1995 Catalog entry revised Kim J. Kipling
January 27, 1997 Course title change Approved by VPAA
April 17, 1998 Reviewed Kim Kipling
September 18, 2001 Reviewed Kim Kipling