Course Syllabus


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.
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Accredited CEUs
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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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
An Introduction 5 points
Lesson 1: What Is Philosophy? 9 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 2: Coming to Terms: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part I 9 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 3: A Manner of Speaking: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part II 9 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 4: Metaphysics 9 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 5: Epistemology 7 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 6: Philosophy of Mind 9 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 7: Philosophy of Religion 9 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 8: Ethics, Part I 6 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 9: Ethics, Part II 10 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 10: Logic 10 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 11: Social & Political Philosophy 9 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 12: Unsolved Problems & Paradoxes in Philosophy 9 points
Lesson 13 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 13: An Overview of the Great Philosophers 9 points
The Final Exam 51 points
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