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Philosophy Course Outcomes

PHIL 2201- Introduction to Logic

  • Explain basic logical concepts (e.g., argument, premise, validity, and soundness).
  • Identify and reconstruct arguments as presented in natural language. 
  • Identify various logical fallacies in natural language.
  • Represent in a precise way the logical structure that underlies arguments and the claims composing them.
  • Evaluate, using the formal methods of categorical logic, sentential logic, and predicate logic, whether individual claims, sets of claims, and arguments have various logical properties (e.g., tautologousness, consistency, and validity).
  • Construct formal proofs in sentential logic and predicate logic.

PHIL 2220- Philosophical Issues in Religion

  • Explain and analyze the concept of God in the Western tradition
  • Explain, analyze, and evaluate classical Western arguments for the existence of God
  • Identify, explain, and analyze issues relating to religion and morality
  • Identify, explain, and analyze issues relating to religious belief and experience

PHIL 2230- Medical Ethics

  • Describe and correctly apply basic ethical concepts and theories
  • Identify the ethical considerations involved in common areas of medical practice
  • Describe and critique important positions and arguments in medical ethics
  • Evaluate and respond to ethical issues.

 PHIL 3353- Philosophy of Law

  • Explain major questions, themes, positions, and arguments in the philosophy of law, both historical and contemporary.
  • Engage critically with important philosophical texts in the philosophy of law.
  • Compare and contrast major positions and arguments in the philosophy of law, both historical and contemporary.
  • Critically evaluate major positions and arguments in the philosophy of law, both historical and contemporary.
  • Formulate clear and substantive views on topics in the philosophy of law.
  • Defend your views with cogent reasoning.
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own views and those opposing them.
  • Identify the broader philosophical implications of your own views, as well as their place within the larger historical and intellectual context.

PHIL 3355- Political and Social Philosophy

  • Explain major questions, themes, positions, and arguments in political philosophy, both historical and contemporary.
  • Engage critically with important philosophical texts in political philosophy.
  • Compare and contrast major positions and arguments in political philosophy, both historical and contemporary.
  • Critically evaluate major positions and arguments in political philosophy, both historical and contemporary.
  • Formulate clear and substantive views on philosophical topics in political philosophy.
  • Defend your views with cogent reasoning.
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own views and those opposing them.
  • Identify the broader philosophical implications of your own views, as well as their place within the larger historical and intellectual context.

PHIL 4450/5550- Ethical Theory

  • Explain major questions, themes, positions, and arguments in ethics, both historical and contemporary.
  • Engage critically with important philosophical texts in ethics.
  • Compare and contrast major positions and arguments in ethics, both historical and contemporary.
  • Critically evaluate major positions and arguments in ethics, both historical and contemporary.
  • Formulate clear and substantive views on philosophical topics in ethics.
  • Defend your views with cogent reasoning.
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own views and those opposing them.
  • Identify the broader philosophical implications of your own views, as well as their place within the larger historical and intellectual context.

PHIL 4456/5556- Ethical Issues in Healthcare Law and Policy

  • Describe and apply ethical theories and principles;
  • Identify common ethical conflicts arising from healthcare laws or policies;
  • Analyze healthcare policies to assess their ethical implications.

PHIL 4492- Senior Tutorial

  • Explain in clear, well-organized prose major questions, themes, positions, and arguments in philosophy, both historical and contemporary.
  • Engage critically with philosophical texts.
  • Compare and contrast major positions and arguments in philosophy, both historical and contemporary.
  • Critically evaluate major positions and arguments in philosophy, both historical and contemporary.
  • Formulate clear and substantive views on philosophical topics.
  • Defend your views with cogent reasoning.
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own views and those opposing them.