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The following Philosophy courses are offered:

PHIL 300    
Introduction to Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101, ESLR 320, and ESLW 320
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); AA/AS Area I;
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 of the course's required writing will reflect the standards of a college-level writing course. (C-ID PHIL 100)

PHIL 304

Introduction to Asian 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 provides an introduction to the philosophical and religious traditions of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism focusing on the metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of these traditions.

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
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320; and ENGWR 101.
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 good reasoning with an emphasis on deductive logic. It examines the functions of language, the nature of arguments, common fallacies committed in communication, definitions, the logic of categorical statements, sentential logic, and types of inductive reasoning. Emphasis is placed on developing analytical skills and applying principles of valid reasoning to the arguments encountered in everyday life.

PHIL 325

Symbolic Logic    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320; and ENGWR 101.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to the concepts and principles of propositional and predicate logic. It includes a study of the syntax and semantics of symbolic logic, truth tables, methods of formal proof for validity and invalidity, natural deduction, and the logic of relations and identity. This course is recommended for students of the sciences, computer programming, mathematics, and philosophy. (C-ID PHIL 210)

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 (between 6,000-8,000 words total) 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
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320;
and ENGWR 101.
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 ancient Greeks to the Hellenistic period. The views of pre-Socratic thinkers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are emphasized. This course is especially recommended for all philosophy, history and humanities majors.

PHIL 331

History of Modern Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320;
and ENGWR 101.
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 modern philosophy, from the Renaissance to Romanticism. The works of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant receive special attention.
(C-ID PHIL 140)

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 an introduction to traditional philosophical problems connected with religious belief. Issues to be discussed are the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, the nature of religious language, the possibility of religious knowledge, the existence of miracles, religious experience, and mysticism. The rationality of religious belief will also be examined.

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 traditions, 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 Associate 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 Christian scriptures include the investigation of the Gospels and the "Jesus Problem" and the examination of the early development of the Christian Church.

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 D; IGETC Area 3B; IGETC Area 4
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: 54-162 hours LAB

PHIL 499

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

Updated 6/02/16

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