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Graduate Philosophy Courses

Courses Offered Graduate Philosophy (PHIL)





5100 Practicum in Teaching Philosophy. (1-0) This course orients Instructional Assistants to the principles of teaching philosophy responsibly. Topics include grades, evaluation of written work, classroom management, academic values, and teaching style. This course is required for all new Instructional Assistants in Philosophy. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable with different emphasis. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

5301 Applied Philosophy. (3-0) Practical application of methods and teaching of philosophy to such major areas of human experience as religion, science, morality, politics, art, or literature. The study of one or more of these areas will demonstrate how philosophy contributes to the identification of issues as well as their resolution. Repeatable twice for credit with different emphases.

5302 Dialogue. (3-0) Study of literature about the nature, purpose, and significance of dialogue along with active participation in the dialogues of the Department of Philosophy’s Dialogue Series. Repeatable twice for credit with different emphases.

5303 Philosophy of Technology. (3-0) Study of philosophical and ethical dimensions of technology including the nature of technology and technological progress, the relation of humans to the technological environment, whether technology is value-laden, and the social character of technology.

5322 Professional Ethics. (3-0) Study of major topics in business and professional ethics, including what a profession is, whether it differs from business, and what is involved with moral education, social responsibilities, and ethical standards of professional and business people. May be repeated for credit.

5323 Environmental Ethics. (3-0) Study of ethical issues associated with the environment including the nature, use, preservation, and restoration of the environment.

5324 Meaning of Life. (3-0) Investigation of major theories of the meaning of life in Western and Eastern philosophies.

5325 Philosophy of Sex and Love. (3-0) Critical examination of major philosophical theories on sex and love from ancient to modern times.

5326 Philosophy and Sport. (3-0) An examination of the philosophical issues that arise in sport. Topics include the social significance of sport, amateurism, the ethics of competition, the meaning of violence within sports, and other related issues.

5327 Medical Ethics and Bio-ethics. (3-0) Study of ethical issues, dilemmas, codes of conduct, and social responsibilities of health care professionals and bio-researchers.

5351 Philosophy of Education. (3-0) Study of major philosophical theories on nature, value, and purpose of education.

5355 Philosophical Theory of Science. (3-0) An examination of some of the fundamental concepts of science, including relevant evidence, induction, explanation, and commitments when accepting a scientific theory.

5388 Problems in Philosophy. (3-0) Independent study open to students on individual or small group basis. Repeatable twice for credit with different emphases.

5395 Internship in Applied Philosophy. (3-0) Structured practical experience in applied philosophy at a private or public setting. Supervision will be provided both by a member of the graduate faculty and by a key individual at the workplace. Permission of instructor required. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.

5399A Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis on PHIL 5399B.

5399B Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollment. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.