CCPS Philosophy Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

200 Level Courses:
PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 206: Eastern Religions and Philosophies
PHIL 210: Values Analysis
PHIL 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
PHIL 320: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 371: Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
PHIL 490: A-Z Selected Topics


PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking. 3 hours.
This course is to help students learn to think clearly, concisely and analytically, through a familiarity with the reasoning methods of logic in terms of learning how to define terms, formulate arguments, and analyze statements critically and objectively. The course will deal with the language of logic and the methods of deductive and inductive reasoning.

PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy. 3 hours.
A comparative and critical study of the major philosophic positions with a view to developing the analytic, synthetic, and speculative dimensions of philosophical method.

PHIL 206: Eastern Religions and Philosophies. 3 hours.
An introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Specifically, the course focuses on the systems of value that emerge from these traditions, and where appropriate, compares and contrasts them with the value systems of Western traditions. The conceptual framework guiding this examination incorporates the tradition's overall world view, conception of God or ultimate reality, its understanding of the origin, nature, and destiny of the cosmos and of human beings, diagnosis of the human condition, and prescription for attaining the ultimate goal or purpose of human life. Same as RELG 206.

PHIL 210: Values Analysis. 3 hours.
Analysis is a writing-intensive course that uses both formal and informal writing as the primary medium in which students explore, reflect and draw conclusions regarding values questions. Some of the topics that will be covered in the course are relativism, subjectivism, religion and morality, environmental ethics, issues in business and medical ethics, utilitarianism and consequentialism, Kantian moral theory and issues in political theory. Same as GLST 210.

PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care. 3 hours.
This course explores the ethical dilemmas confronting contemporary medicine. It both inquires into a broad range of topics (abortion, euthanasia, health care costs, organ transplantation, etc.) and provides a thorough study of ethical theories that may be applied to address the dilemmas of modern medicine. Same as RELG 305

PHIL 320: Environmental Ethics. 3 hours.
This course seeks to develop a better understanding of both the factual and ethical dimensions of our current and possible future environments. Explores several contemporary approaches in environmental ethics (including: deep ecology; ecofeminism; animal rights; market efficiencies; the loss of biodiversity and responses from deontological, utilitarian, and virtue ethics, etc.) and representative theoretical problems (e.g., Aldo Leopold's "land ethic" vs. natural rights views, ecological holism vs. moral atomism, market efficiency vs. moral obligations, etc.) Using a case-study approach, students then learn to apply different ethical frameworks to several ethical choices occasioned by human interaction with the natural order. Same as ENVR 320 .

PHIL 371: Contemporary Moral Issues. 3 hours.
Study of some of the major ethical problems confronting American society today; medical issues including abortion and the question of death, crime and punishment; women's rights; the value of a business society; the problems of race. Attention will be given to several philosophical perspectives but primary emphasis will be on discussing the values involved in various ways of resolving actual moral issues.

PHIL 290, PHIL 390, PHIL 490: A-Z Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.