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DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS Department of Philosophy COURSE SYLLABUS COLLEGE: College of Liberal Arts DEPARTMENT: Philosophy

COURSE CODE: PHILPRO COURSE TITLE: Philosophical Problems CLASS DAYS AND CLASS TIME: __________ ROOM: __________ COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is an in-depth study of various philosophical problems. It will touch on the major branches of philosophy and in so doing delve into the major philosophical problems of each branch of philosophy thereby exposing and giving the serious student of philosophy an opportunity to experience the different aspects and methods found in the variety of philosophical problems including solutions offered by different philosophers.

LEARNING OUTCOME On completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to do the following: ELGA Critical and Creative Knowledge Producer Socially Responsible and Collaborative Citizen Competent Professional Diversity-sensitive Communicator Morally Principled and Faith-inspired Leader LEARNING OUTCOME LO1: Realize the value of critical and analytical thinking thru philosophical problems LO2: Appreciate the value of intellectual discourse. LO3: Become familiar with the different philosophical problems and the various perspectives of the problems and the different methods philosophers offered to solve them LO4: Appreciate the various viewpoints and orientations through application to real life situations and the consequences of the problems applications. LO5: Develop a sincere understanding of intellectual integrity.

FINAL COURSE OUTPUT LEARNING OUTCOME LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 REQUIRED OUTPUT Paper Proposal Paper Proposal Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam, Paper Proposal Paper Proposal DUE DATE

RUBRIC FOR ASSESSMENT OF ESSAY-TYPE REQUIREMENTS

CRITERIA 1. Grammar and Spelling

EXEMPLARY 4.0 No spelling and grammatical errors

SATISFACTORY 3.0 3.5 Spelling and grammar is mostly correct

DEVELOPING 2.0 2.5 Spelling and grammatical errors are frequent

BEGINNING 1.0 1.5 Spelling and grammatical errors are found in almost every sentence Authors intended meaning is impossible to understand Ideas presented are not defended Sequence of ideas is awkward and confusing AVERAGE:

RATING

2. Exposition of Ideas

Authors intended meaning is readily and easily understood Ideas presented are cogently and clearly defended Sequence of ideas is fluid and easy to follow

Authors intended meaning is generally easy to understand

Authors intended meaning is difficult to understand

3. Development of Ideas

Ideas presented are satisfactorily defended Sequence of ideas is generally smooth

Ideas presented are weakly and incoherently defended Sequence of ideas is jumpy

4. Organization

GRADING SYSTEM Comprehensive Exam Paper Proposal Journal Article Review Apprenticeship

40% 40% 10 10 ==== 100%

Comprehensive Exam The student will take a written comprehensive exam in three areas. He or she has the option to take an exam on either one history course and two major courses or two major courses and one elective. He needs to get a passing grade in all three exams to get 40 points. If he or she gets a failing grade in any of these exams he or she gets 0. Paper Proposal Three readers would be assigned for each paper. The three must confer with each other regarding the merits of the paper and agree on conditions for it to be approved. Approval comes from the readers. This process will be done blindly. The students are allowed to consult faculty members on his or her own as the writing is being done but the final approval is announced by the faculty in charge. If his or her proposal is approved he or she gets 40 points, if not he or she gets 0. Apprenticeship As part of the PHLPRO program the students will be under the tutelage of a lecturer who is an expert in his or her are of interest. As part of the PHLPRO program the students will be under the tutelage of a lecturer who is an expert in his or her area of interest. The lecturer has the discretion of setting his or her grading system for this requirement.

Journal Article Review Guidelines for this will be discussed in class. RATING SYSTEM

POINTS 97-100 93-96 89-92 85-88

FINAL GRADE 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.0

80-84 75-79 70-74 Below 70

LEARNING PLAN LEARNING OUTCOME LO1 LO3 LO4 TOPIC Orientation to the program WEEK 1 2 Problems in Metaphysics and Metaethics Problems in Feminist and Postmodern Philosophy 3 Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts LEARNING ACTIVITIES

LO1 LO3 LO4 LO3 LO4 LO3 LO4 LO3 LO4 LO3 LO4 LO1 LO3 LO1 LO3 LO2 LO5 LO5

Problems in the Philosophy of Myth and Eastern Philosophy Problems in the Philosophy of Mind and Language Problems in Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Life Problems in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art Written Comprehensive Examination Logic and Argument for Writing Structure of a Philosophical Essay Research and Writing Break

Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts Lectures, discussions, close reading of texts

8 9 10 11 12

Research and Writing Break LO5 Submission of Paper Proposal 13

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION Several teaching methods shall be employed throughout the course including lecture, close reading of texts, and enrichment lectures outside class. A number of exercises in philosophical reasoning will also be done inside the classroom. CLASSROOM POLICIES

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All guidelines stipulated in the handbook regarding plagiarism, cheating, student discipline, etc. will be implemented. Students are required to attend all the seminars on time. Attendance will be checked regularly.

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A student who exceeds the allowed number of absences, which includes the accumulation of tardiness, will get a final grade of 0.0.

Late submissions are not allowed. Unless specified, requirements must be submitted during class hours of the specified date. Requirements that will be submitted late shall only be considered for acceptance in extremely extenuating circumstances, which also depends on the discretion of the lecturer.

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There will be no make up for the comprehensive exam. The lecturer has the discretion to modify the course requirements depending on the performance of students and the class.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS Each student is required to submit a 3x5 index card with full contact details and a 2x2 recent ID picture. SUGGESTED REFERENCE MATERIALS: To be provided by the lecturers.