Online Class: Philosophy 101

The aim of this online course to introduce the student to the basics of philosophy and to provide a better appreciation and awareness of philosophy in a historical and, more importantly, personal context.

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  • 13
    Lessons
  • 28
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 1,967
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 12
    Hours
    average time
  • 1.2
    CEUs
 
 

Course Description

Philosophy is a mystifying, confounding, and wondrous discipline that affects virtually every aspect of human existence. While it attempts to consider the big issues of our lives, including our very existence, the nature of the world, whether or not knowledge is possible, what actions and thoughts are considered to be ethical, and more, philosophy--in one way or another--strives to place things in a meaningful context.
 
While often considered the purview of humorless old men that spend their lives in ivy-covered towers, philosophy is actually an integral part of the human experience. Indeed, it is often noted that most everyone engages in some sort of philosophy--whether they realize it or not. It is the aim of this course to introduce the student to the basics of philosophy and to provide a better appreciation and awareness of philosophy in a historical and, more importantly, personal context.
 
This course provides a brief overview of the academic discipline known as philosophy, a succinct history of philosophy from Ancient Greece to our modern day, a lexicon of philosophical terms and concepts, as well as an examination of the sub-disciplines of philosophy and several of the major philosophies that have shaped our world since the times of the pre-Socratic philosophers.
Philosophy Is Everywhere!

There is a feeling in modern popular culture that philosophy is a discipline of purely historical value or, if it is still in practice today, it is only engaged in by those with multiple graduate degrees on university campuses or various academic think tanks around the world. While there may be some truth to both of these views, the fact is that philosophy is much more common and pervasive than that.

The fact is, most people deal with philosophical issues every day, whether or not they recognize them as such. For example, most have an idea of what makes actions right or wrong, what types of things (or people) they find attractive, the value of learning, whether or not there is a God or ultimate authority in the universe, and so forth. Granted, most will not deem their thoughts on these issues as "doing philosophy", but these issues (and many others) are more than tangential parts of most human beings' lives.

A great deal of popular culture is built on philosophical observations and famous quotations from the philosophers of the near and distant past. "The unexamined life is not worth living" (Socrates/Plato), "God is dead" (Nietzsche), "What goes around comes around" (an American summation of the Buddhist concept of karma), "finding my soul mate" (Plato), and many others.

While this type of popular usage is fine, it is not true philosophy, but an altered, shorthand version. Thus, this course will periodically use some of these references as a springboard to the more refined concepts that birthed them.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: What is Philosophy?

This lesson will present a working definition for philosophy that will be used throughout this course, as well as the major sub-disciplines within the field of philosophy. Additional lesson topics: What is Philosophy?; The Philosopher Song PG-13 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B : Introduction Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: Philosophy Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: What Is Philosophy?

Lesson 2: Coming to Terms: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part I

A proper understanding of philosophy requires at least a basic familiarity with some of the most commonly-used words and phrases in the philosophical lexicon. Additional lesson topics: Philosophy Dictionary; Philosophical Terms 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Coming to Terms: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part I

Lesson 3: A Manner of Speaking: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part II

In the continuing study of the terms and concepts central to the study of philosophy, this section completes the glossary of terms for this introductory course. Additional lesson topics: Philosophy of Mind 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: A Manner of Speaking: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part II

Lesson 4: Metaphysics

From a purely linguistic standpoint, metaphysics is a combination of two root words: meta (meaning "more than") and physics (which refers to the physical world that surrounds us). Additional lesson topics: Metaphysics; Metaphysics in Philosophy; Aristotle 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: Metaphysics

Lesson 5: Epistemology

The major concepts and issues related to epistemology will be presented briefly in the following sections of this lesson Additional lesson topics: Epistemology; Epistemology in Philosophy 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: Epistemology

Lesson 6: Philosophy of Mind

In this lesson, the basic concepts and schools of thought related to philosophy of mind will be presented. Additional lesson topics: Leibniz's Philosophy of the Mind; Functionalism 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Philosophy of Mind

Lesson 7: Philosophy of Religion

This lesson will briefly touch on these questions within the philosophy of religion. Additional lesson topics: Philosophy of Religion; Pascal's Wager; Does God Exist? 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video A
  • Lesson 7 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Lesson discussions: God
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Philosophy of Religion

Lesson 8: Ethics, Part I

This lesson will discuss the basic nature of ethics, including the specialized concepts unique to the field. Additional lesson topics: Ethics; What is ethics? 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video A
  • Lesson 8 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Ethics, Part I

Lesson 9: Ethics, Part II

A continuation of our consideration of ethics, this lesson provides a brief overview of some of the major ethical schools of thought within philosophy. Additional lesson topics: Utilitarianism; Stoicism; Cynicism Video 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video A
  • Lesson 9 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Ethics, Part II

Lesson 10: Logic

This lesson will discuss the basic concepts of classical logic and touch briefly on the more recent development of symbolic logic. Additional lesson topics: Aristotle; Fallacies 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video A
  • Lesson 10 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: Logic

Lesson 11: Social & Political Philosophy

This lesson concentrates on the philosophical sub-discipline of political and social philosophy and the issues related to it. Additional lesson topics: Karl Marx; Jean-Jacques Rousseau 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video A
  • Lesson 11 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Social & Political Philosophy

Lesson 12: Unsolved Problems & Paradoxes in Philosophy

This lesson delves into some of the more entertaining mental conundrums that pervade philosophy, but is by no means exhaustive. Additional lesson topics: Molyneux's Problem; Sorites Paradox 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video A
  • Lesson 12 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12: Unsolved Problems & Paradoxes in Philosophy

Lesson 13: An Overview of the Great Philosophers

This lesson provides a brief overview of the major philosophers throughout history. Additional lesson topics: John Stuart Mill; David Hume; René Descartes 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video A
  • Lesson 13 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Lesson discussions: Favorite Philosopher; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 13: An Overview of the Great Philosophers
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
495
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what philosophy is.
  • Describe the philosophical lexicon.
  • Summarize metaphysics.
  • Summarize epistemology.
  • Describe philosophy of mind.
  • Describe philosophy of religion.
  • Summarize ethics in relation to philosophy.
  • Describe logic and how it is used in philosophy.
  • Summarize social and political philosophy.
  • Identify unsolved problems and paradoxes in philosophy.
  • Summarize the works of the great philosophers.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Philosophy 101
Course Number: 7550466
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (1,478 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Student Testimonials

  • "Great experience with you." -- Yasar S.
  • "Good instructor. I enjoyed the course!" -- Carlos C.
  • "Every part of the course added to my knowledge and understanding of philosophy." -- Adam B.
  • "Instructor was great; responded quickly, very fair, enjoyable to work with. also enjoyed the way it was broken down by categories - logic, ethics, religion, social and political, etc.; I thought the terms and definitions were excellent." -- Mark D.
  • "I will be taking Greek Mythology with this same Instructor next." -- Robert K.
  • "This is my first philosophy course. No previous experience. Found the content excellent. Easy to follow and understand. Feedback always encouraging which was a great help. Really enjoyed it all. I am converted. I thought philosophy was intense and difficult but I found it interesting, easy to follow. I realize I have only made a small start but it was every encouraging. Will go further with this subject." -- Frankie S.
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