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PHIL 100 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (C-ID PHIL 100)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: An introductory course in the examination of some of the classical philosophical problems in the areas of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and social and political philosophy. Selected philosophers of the respective areas are examined, analyzed, compared, and contrasted. The aim of this course is to study the ideas and theories of these areas, think critically, and observe the relevancy of these ideas in everyday life. A multicultural perspective is also integrated. Transfer: CSU: C2, UC. (IGETC: 3B)

PHIL 103 CRITICAL THINKING

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: A general overview of the principles and methods of reasoning skills is examined. Methods and techniques are introduced to identify arguments from various types of discourse. Students develop the skills to analyze the structure of an argument, types of argument; informal fallacies and evaluation of arguments. Some formal logic is introduced to facilitate understanding of logical reasoning. Students develop skills of constructing valid/sound argument in argumentative essays. Transfer: CSU: A3, UC.

PHIL 160 HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: An introduction to the history of Western philosophy from pre-Socratic to Renaissance. Selections from representative philosophers and/or schools - pre-Socratic, Plato, Aristotle, philosophy of the Roman world, and Christian and early rationalist thought - are studied. Analysis and evaluation of attempts to resolve fundamental metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical questions is also included. Transfer: CSU: C2, UC. (IGETC: 3B)

PHIL 190 CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: A general survey of the philosophical developments in the 19th and 20th centuries and their ramifications on social, political, moral, and religious movements. Traditions of Idealism, existentialism, Marxism, logical positivism, pragmatism, utilitarianism, and linguistic analysis are examined. Transfer: CSU: C2, UC. (IGETC: 3B)

PHIL 200 INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC (C-ID PHIL 110)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This is an introductory course in the study of formal logic which includes the following: argument and types of arguments; language: meaning and definition; informal fallacies;syllogism; propositional logic; predicate logic; and induction. Also included is the critical study of the conditions of meaningful statements, analysis, and evaluation of arguments, skills in performing logical deduction and constructing logical proofs. Transfer: CSU: A3, UC.

PHIL 240 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (C-ID PHIL 120)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course discusses the major ethical principles and theories in the world. How these principles apply to one's ethical decision making and moral responsibility is examined. Classical and contemporary deontological and teleological theories and existential theory and others are studied. Contemporary ethical issues, abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, feminism, and terrorism are also examined. Transfer: CSU: C2, UC. (IGETC: 3B)

PHIL 300 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: An introduction to the study of great world religions; their religious and spiritual teachings; their rituals and literatures; their impact on the respective world views and culture; and finally their influence on the meaningfulness of human existence and their meaning in relation to the Transcendent. Transfer: CSU: C2, UC. (IGETC: 3B)

PHIL 320 ASIAN PHILOSOPHY

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Students are provided a general survey of the philosophical development in India, China, and Japan. Major philosophical theories of these countries are examined and evaluated. The philosophical impact on Asian perspective of purpose and meaningfulness of existence, human destiny and their respective ethical, metaphysical and spiritual theories are examined and discussed. Transfer: CSU: C2, UC. (IGETC: 3B)

PHIL 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units (Grade Option) 0.5-3; Class Hours: By Arrangement; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer: CSU.

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