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The following Philosophy courses are offered:

PHIL 300     Introduction to Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
In this course, students will apply the critical thinking techniques of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis to areas of philosophical inquiry including meta-philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, and existentialism. Students will practice distinguishing fact from opinion, employing inductive and deductive reasoning, identifying logical errors and fallacies, and developing oral and written arguments to support their own philosophical perspectives or challenge the perspectives of others.  The quality and quantity of the course’s required writing will reflect the standards of a second semester composition course. (C-ID PHIL 100) 

PHIL 304     Introduction to Eastern Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an introduction to the philosophical traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, focusing on the metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of these traditions. This course fulfills Folsom Lake College’s Ethnic/Multicultural requirement for the Associates Degree.  

PHIL 310     Introduction to Ethics    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces the student to classical and contemporary ethical theories and their application to a variety of contemporary moral issues such as capital punishment, animal rights, affirmative action, abortion, euthanasia, torture, and same-sex marriage. (C-ID PHIL 120) 

PHIL 320     Logic and Critical Reasoning    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an introduction to basic principles of logic and critical thinking used in the analysis of argument, including deduction, induction, and fallacy recognition. Emphasis is placed on developing analytical skills and applying principles of sound reasoning to the arguments encountered in life. Argumentative topics from academic fields and textbooks, the electronic and print media, advertisements, politics and ethics may be considered. The quality and quantity of required writing in this course will reflect the standards of a second semester college-level composition course. 

PHIL 328     Critical Reasoning and Composition    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3; IGETC Area 1B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides instruction in critical thinking, including traditional logic, and advanced composition.  A series of writing assignments focus on increasing the sophistication of students’ argumentative writing skills.  Theoretical models of critical thinking and composition will be applied to academic fields and textbooks, electronic and print media, advertisements, ethics, politics, and multi-cultural issues. Essays will be evaluated for their quality in both critical thinking and composition.
  
PHIL 330     History of Classical Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is a survey of the origin and development of Western Philosophy from the period of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and continuing through the Middle Ages.  This course is especially recommended for all philosophy, history and humanities majors. 

PHIL 331     History of Modern Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is a survey of the development of Western Philosophy from the period of the Renaissance through the period of modern Europe and America.  It is especially recommended for all philosophy, history and humanities majors. 

PHIL 338     Contemporary Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is recommended for students interested in an introduction to philosophy with a focus on existential concerns such as alienation, authenticity, and anxiety. It also examines the philosophy of mind and language, including the structure of consciousness and the meaning of “meaning” and language. 

PHIL 350     Philosophy of Religion    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is a historical and topical survey of the questions, problems, and theories philosophers have developed in attempts to understand religion as a fundamental impulse within human experience and as a major cultural force.  Rather than survey the different religions, this course considers the basic philosophical beliefs and concepts that seem auxiliary to religion.  Topics include the possibility of religious knowledge, faith versus reason, theistic arguments, conceptions of God, religious language, atheism, agnosticism, mysticism, the problem of evil, immortality, the challenge of science, and religion’s influence on ethics and politics. 

PHIL 352     Introduction to World Religions    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course will introduce students to the major world religious traditions, including indigenous sacred ways, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Students will study the practices and beliefs of each tradition and will read selected material from the sacred writings of each tradition. Also, the influence of these religions on contemporary issues in the United States including ethnicity, ethnocentrism, racism, ageism, class differences, and sexual orientation is considered. This course fulfills Folsom Lake College’s Ethnic/Multicultural requirement for the Associates Degree. 

PHIL 356     Introduction to the Bible    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
In this course, students survey the literary, historical, ethical, theological and philosophical themes of the Bible.  Students will read extensive passages from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures with special focus on textual analysis and literary criticism. Topics from the Hebrew scriptures include the development of monotheism, the social justice tradition of the Prophets, the wisdom and poetic writings, and the scope and emphasis of extra-canonical works. Topics from the New Testament scriptures include the investigation of the Gospels and the “Jesus Problem” and the examination of the early development of the Christian Church. 

PHIL 358     Our Mothers’ Legacy: Spiritual and Religious Traditions of Women    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces students to ancient feminine forms of divinity and women’s roles as spiritual visionaries, priestesses, shamans, and religious practitioners through the ages. In addition, the course examines cultures in which women have retained their spiritual authority and those in which women who have been oppressed are reclaiming their spiritual power. This course fulfills Folsom Lake College’s Ethnic/Multicultural requirement for the Associates Degree. 

PHIL 360     Social/Political Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 3B; IGETC Area 4G
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is a historical and topical survey of significant themes of social/political philosophy from Plato to the present. Topics may include freedom, government, justice, law, rights, punishment, war, authority, and the state.  

PHIL 495     Independent Studies in Philosophy    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 3 hours LAB 

PHIL 499     Experimental Offering in Philosophy    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

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