PHI 100 Syllabus


Division:  Arts and Sciences                                                                                                         Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Liberal Arts, Science, and Business transfer programs


Course Number & Title:  PHI 100, Introduction to Philosophy


Credit Hours:  3       Hours/Wk Lecture:  3      Hours/Wk Lab:  N/A  Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description:  Presents an introduction to philosophical problems and perspectives with emphasis on the systematic questioning of basic assumptions about meaning, knowledge, reality, and values.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:  Students will develop critical thinking skills and will understand the sources and justification of moral/ethical systems.  This course is intended for students planning to transfer to bachelor degree programs.


III.           Required background:  MTE 3, ENF 3

IV.          Course Content:


A.               Major Areas of Philosophy

B.               The nature of philosophy

C.               Understanding argument

D.               Concept of God and Religious Experience

E.               The nature of knowledge

F.                The concept of reality

G.               The nature of the mind

H.               Ethics

I.                  Society and Justice

J.                Current Issues


V.           Learner Outcomes

VI.          Evaluation


As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:


A.   Identify and elucidate major issues/questions that make up the content of philosophy, including

1.    The basic elements of logical/critical thinking

2.    Major epistemological theories

3.    The nature and limit(s) of science and the scientific method

4.    the meaning of “religion” and its various manifestations, especially western theism

5.    the sources and justifications of moral/ethical systems

6.    contemporary themes in philosophy

B.   Understand and use the methods/standards of critical reasoning employed by philosophers in analyzing and evaluating philosophical problems.  Such standards include universality, consistency and simplicity.

C.   Explain the social impact and influence of philosophical ideas.

D.   Articulate a reasoned defense of a philosophical position.

Students will be evaluated on some combination of class participation, written assignments, tests, and a final exam.


Students must complete at least one sustained writing assignment which requires library research.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Scientific Reasoning