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Philosophy

Learning Outcomes

Philosophy Major Learning Outcomes

 

History of Philosophy

Students should be able to

  1. describe the major themes of at least two of the areas of the history of philosophy (as stipulated in the major requirements).
  2. describe and examine the central position of at least one of the philosophers associated with these areas.

Ethics

Students should be able to

  1. describe the significant ethical theories, including the rational justification of those theories.
  2. analyze particular moral problems by applying the principles of those ethical theories that are of both historical and contemporary significance.

Perennial Issues (e.g., metaphysics, Philosophy of God)

Students should be able to

  1. describe accurately the nature of the problems associated with that field.
  2. examine critically the major arguments/positions of the field.
  3. develop and defend a position on a major argument/position.

 

Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes
Philosophy Department

Revised Spring, 05 (editorial revisions Spring, 07)

Following are the learning objective for the Core Curriculum component of the philosophy department curriculum, broken into the three categories of logic, ethics and philosophy (not logic or ethics). The department understands the following lists disjunctively; that is, different courses may focus on a selected subset of the following.

Logic

Students should be able to:

  1. identify arguments in ordinary language, distinguish premises from conclusions, differentiate deductive arguments from inductive arguments and construct arguments of their own;
  2. evaluate deductive arguments in terms of validity and soundness, and inductive arguments in terms of strength and cogency;
  3. detect mistakes in reasons, including both formal and informal fallacies;
  4. translate sentences from ordinary language into standard form categorical propositions;
  5. translate ordinary language arguments into standard form categorical syllogisms, and evaluate immediate inferences, and syllogisms using the traditional square of opposition and Venn diagrams;
  6. translate ordinary language sentences into the symbolic notation of propositional logic and evaluate arguments; and expressed in the notation through truth tables and natural deduction techniques.

Ethics

Students should be able to:

  1. describe one or more significant ethical theories, including the rational justification of those theories.
  2. analyze particular moral problems by applying the principles of those ethical theories that are of both historical and contemporary significance.
  3. identify the ethical principles that are important for their own activities, and examine those principles in light of the views encountered in the course.

Philosophy

Students should be able to:

  1. describe significant aspects of one or more of the major epistemological traditions.
  2. describe and analyze important views of human nature; this may include different traditions such as Hinduism or Marxism, accounts of the mind/body relation, or views about personal identity, and/or post-mortem survival.
  3. describe and analyze different positions regarding free will.