BA Philosophy 11 Online

Course Info
Course Title: 
BA Philosophy 11 Online
Grade Level: 
11
Course Format: 
Online
Teacher(s): 
G Porro
Course Description
Description: 

Introduction to Philosophy: The Big Picture

Course Description:
This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2500
years. Along the way, you’ll run into some very strange characters. For
example, you’ll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and
dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You’ll read about another man
who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd
behavior, these and other philosophers of the Western world are among the most
brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you read about them, you’ll
see where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western civilization came from.
You’ll also get a chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great
thinkers pondered. At the end, you’ll have a better understanding of yourself
and the world around you, from atoms to outer space and everything in between.

Pre-requisites: 
None
No. Exams: 
2
Proctored Exams: 
No
Resources: 

FVDES Website and external web links.

No. Modules: 
8
Course Modules: 

Unit 1: The World of Wonder
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Define philosophy.

* Describe what philosophers study.

* Identify questions that philosophers ask.

* Explain what it means to do philosophy.

* State what philosophy can do for you.

Unit 2: From Mythology to Philosophy
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Explain why myth has been called the “cradle of philosophy.”

* Describe how Western philosophy first began in ancient Greece.

* List some of the questions that the earliest philosophers pondered.

* Identify pre-Socratic philosophers and state how they answered the questions.

* Explain how the earliest philosophers laid the foundations for science.

Unit 3: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Give an overview of the classical period of ancient Greece.

* Describe Socrates’ life and the Socratic method.

* Outline the events of Plato’s life and his main ideas.

* Summarize Aristotle’s life and his major contributions.

Unit 4: Hellenistic Philosophy: How Can Humans Be Happy?
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* State the general aims of Hellenistic philosophy.

* Describe the philosophy of cynicism.

* List the ideas of the Epicureans.

* Describe stoic philosophy.

* Identify the basic views of the skeptics.

Philosophy Midterm Exam
Objectives:

Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Review information acquired and mastered from this course up to this point.

* Take a course exam based on material from the first four units in this course (Note: You will be able to open this exam only one time)

Unit 5: Christianity and Philosophy in the Middle Ages
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Describe the rise of Christianity in Medieval Europe.

* List the main influences on philosophy during the Middle Ages.

* Explain how Saint Augustine defended the Catholic Church.

* Describe the scholastic philosophy of Saint Anselm.

* Identify the contributions of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Unit 6: The Rise of Modern Western Philosophy
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Outline major changes that occurred in Europe from 1400 to 1800.

* Identify influences on Renaissance philosophers such as Erasmus.

* Describe the rationalist philosophies of Descartes and Spinoza.

* Describe the empiricist philosophies of Locke and Hume.

* Explain how Kant combined rationalism and empiricism.

Unit 7: Western Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Describe approaches to philosophy that began in 19th century Europe.

* List the main contributions of the German philosopher Georg Hegel.

* Summarize the philosophies of Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

* Identify the main ideas of Karl Marx and Jeremy Bentham.

Unit 8: Western Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Describe the philosophy of pragmatism.

* Give an overview of analytic philosophy.

* List the basic tenets of phenomenology.

* Identify the main ideas of existentialism.

* State how philosophy has changed your thinking.

Philosophy Final Exam
Objectives:

Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Review information acquired and mastered from this course up to this point.

* Take a course exam based on material from units five to eight in this course – the last four
units. (Note: You will be able to open this exam only one time.)

Textbook Deposit: 
$0.00

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