PHI  101  Introduction to Philosophy   FALL 2014

 

INTRODUCTION to PHILOSOPHY         

BASIC COURSE INFORMATION

FALL 2014

Announcements

Announcement  9-3-14  Welcome 

This course is 15 weeks of work and thinking, thinking , thinking.   Are you ready! Fun, work, opportunities, work, rewards, work. 9 to 12 hours of work per week!!!!

Explore new perspectives!

Expect challenges to your cherished beliefs!

A Survivor Course!

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Attendance:  More than two weeks of absences will result in a lower final grade.  More than three weeks of absences will result in a final grade of “F”.  Repeated late arrivals or early departures will be noted and may result in a lower final grade. There will be 10 points awarded for each class attended: TOTAL 150 points

Grades:

Attendance:  More than two weeks of absences will result in a lower final grade.  More than three weeks of absences will result in a final grade of “F”.  Repeated late arrivals or early departures will be noted and may result in a lower final grade. There will be 10 points awarded for each class attended: TOTAL 150 points

Quizes

There will be 15 quizzes based on readings for the week.  Each quiz worth 10 points.  TOTAL 150 points

Assignments      

There will be 8 written assignments.  TOTAL 700 points

Assignments<<< Click Here

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Final grade is determined as follows:

ACTIVITIES FINAL GRADE
Activity points
Attendance 150
Quiz on Reading 150
Written Assignments  
1.Dialectical Thinking 40
2.Proofs of a Deity 100
3.Problem of Evil 100
4.Knowledge 100
5.Mind Body Problem 100
6.Freedom or Determinism? 100
7. Ethics 100
8. Culminating Activities 60
   
  1000

 

POINTS FINAL GRADE

 

900-1000

A

 

850-899

B+

 

800-849

B

 

750-799

C+

 

700-749

C

 

650-699

D+

  600-649 D
  0-599 F
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Find your grades for this semester here>> Grades <<< Click Here Find your grades for this semester here

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Calendar:  Calendar for this semester <<< Click Here

Textbook:   There is ONLY ONE required and it is FREE.

REQUIRED TEXTS:   INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY <<< Click Here

 It is an Online Textbook   NONE to buy!  the REQUIRED TEXTBOOK is FREE and on two websites located here:

Primary site: http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/default.htm

Secondary Site: http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/pecorip/SCCCWEB/ETEXTS/INTRO_TEXT/default.htm

 

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COLLEGE POLICIES


1.   Policy Statement on Classroom Management – The College will not tolerate disruptive behavior in the classroom that interferes with the instructor’s performance of his/her professional functions or that undermines the integrity of student learning.  This policy describes what authority the faculty have to deal in these situations.
2.  Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism 

 This policy describes the many forms of plagiarism as a warning to students, especially in this age of technology.  It also provides for a reporting and punishment method that can go beyond a punitive course grade, especially for repeated acts of academic dishonesty.  Faculty are encouraged to report such abuses to the Dean of Students using the form that is provided by the Office of the Dean of Students or by the various Department Chairs.

Academic Integrity

The college has an academic integrity policy and program.   You may be severely penalized for violations of academic integrity.  Learn about it and observe the principles.  Among other things you must avoid plagiarism.  In this course, the penalty for violations of academic integrity is as follows:
1. First offense - the student receives the grade of "0" for the assignment and the possibility of more severe action at the discretion of the instructor.
2. Second offense - the student receives an "F" in the course and a Violation of Academic Integrity Report is filed with the Dean of Students
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3.  Student Code of Conduct  This extensive document lists the rules and regulations of conduct for NCC students and describes the disciplinary actions that will apply for infractions of the Code.  

To read the details of each policy you may access the NCC Catalog Policies and Procedures at 
http://collegecatalog.ncc.edu/current/policiesandprocedures/ (scroll down to Additional Information)

Or you may go to the NCC home page, click on College Catalog then Policies and Procedures and scroll down to Additional Information for the desired policy.

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NCC Disability Statement :

"If you have a physical,psychological, medical, or learning disability that may have an impact on your ability to carry out the assigned coursework, I urge you to contact the Center for Students with Disabilities(CSD), Building U,(516 572-7241,TTY(516) 572-7617.  The counselors at CSD will review your concerns and determine reasonable accommodations you are entitled to by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  All information and documentation pertaining to personal disabilities will be kept confidential."

 

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Contact Information     Contact information<<< Click Here

If you have trouble then email me at:   ppecorino@qcc.cuny.edu    I will respond the next business day.

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Course Objectives

 To enable a student to:  

1.     Identify some of the basic content in the field of Philosophy:

  • a. vocabulary

  • b. concepts

  • c. theories  

2.     Identify traditional and current Issues in Philosophy;  

3.     Communicate your awareness of and understanding of philosophical issues.

4.   Demonstrate familiarity with the main areas of philosophic discourse and be able to state what major schools of thought there are that have contributed to the ongoing discussion of these issues  

5.    Develop skills of critical analysis and dialectical thinking.  

6.    Analyze and respond to the comments of other students regarding philosophical issues.  

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How to do well in this class

OK , here is my very best advice concerning how to approach this course and do well. Read all the introductory materials.  Explore this site.  Take notes.

Read over the requirements for this course very well.

Get prepared somehow to put in 9-12 hours per week on the course at the computer and reading . 18-24 hours per week in the SUMMER SESSION

Time would be spent reading and writing and lots of thinking , thinking , thinking in between.

Ask questions of the instructor concerning assignments.

Ask questions of the instructor concerning the lessons.

Ask questions of the instructor concerning  the key questions.

Ask questions of your fellow students concerning  the key questions.

Get your written assignments in on time. 

If allowed to revise the written assignments to raise your grade, plan to do so. 

Take all topics and questions seriously, but not that seriously.  That is to say , you should realize that they are important; important enough to have changed the course of events and helped to shape our social world.  But they should not cause you to become overly concerned or worried sick over this. 

Have fun!  Philosophy is something I must do because it is in my nature to ask questions and attempt to look at things in different ways.  It would be very boring if Philosophy was just the same old stuffy and dry questions and ideas.  I hope to show you that it is far from that. Philosophy springs from that place deep inside our minds that gets disturbed by uncertainty, contradictions and inconsistencies, paradoxes, ironies, metaphors, sufferings and great joy and magnificent beauty. 

So, be prepared to work but prepare to explore and to be challenged and to be entertained a bit as well. In my estimation the hardest part of this course is finding the time.  Studies show that lots of people who take online courses do so because of time considerations.  So this is a key factor in determining what a student will be able to do and that in turn has direct bearing on how well someone will do in this type of course (nearly any course , for that matter.)

Research in Philosophy on the Internet.
Research in Philosophy on the Internet.
Free tutorial on doing research in Philosophy on the Internet.

http://www.humbul.ac.uk/vts/philosophy/index.htm

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If you have trouble then email me at:  
ppecorino@qcc.cuny.edu    I will respond the next business day.

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