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Philosophy

PHILOS 1, Knowledge and Reality 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course introduces students to the analysis of various metaphysical and epistemological questions and problems in philosophy, typically including, the nature and limits of knowledge, the existence of God, the Mind-Body Problem, the Freedom vs. Determination debate, and the Absolutism vs. Relativism debate. Related topics in ethics may also be included.

3157 8:00a-9:20a MW HSS 156 Huffaker P

3158 8:00a-9:20a MW HSS 263 Kaufman S M

3159 8:00a-9:20a TTh HSS 155 Mohsen A M

3160 8:00a-9:20a TTh HSS 152 Huffaker P

3161 9:30a-10:50a MW HSS 252 Katherine A L
Above section 3161 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3162 9:30a-10:50a TTh HSS 155 Mohsen A M
Above section 3162 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3163 11:15a-12:35p MW HSS 252 Katherine A L
Above section 3163 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3164 11:15a-12:35p MW MC 1 Kamler H F

3165 11:15a-12:35p TTh HSS 152 Huffaker P

3166 12:45p-2:05p MW HSS 150 Kamler H F

3167 2:15p-3:35p MW HSS 165 Katherine A L
Above section 3167 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3168 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Ortega G R
Above section 3168 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3169 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Ortega G R
Above section 3169 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3170 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Ortega G R
Above section 3170 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3514 Arrange 3 Hours ONLINE Bennet S E
Above section 3514 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

PHILOS 2, Ethics 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course provides an introduction to the nature of ethical theory (moral philosophy), an analysis of significant ethical theories, and an exploration of the problems encountered in the continuing quest for a satisfactory ethical theory for contemporary society. Some of the main topics in normative ethics and meta-ethics are covered.

3171 8:00a-9:20a TTh HSS 156 Klumpe P A

3172 9:30a-10:50a TTh HSS 156 Klumpe P A

3173 2:15p-3:35p TTh HSS 156 Klumpe P A

PHILOS 4, Modern Philosophers 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This study of the principal philosophical developments since the Renaissance emphasizes the relation of philosophy to the growth of science and social and cultural changes in the modern period.

3174 9:30a-10:50a TTh HSS 252 Katherine A L

3175 3:45p-5:05p MW HSS 152 Lovette C G

PHILOS 7, Logic and Critical Thinking 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A course in general logic emphasizing its applications to practical situations. The course covers both inductive and deductive techniques.

3176 8:00a-9:20a MW HSS 155 Mohsen A M

3177 9:30a-10:50a MW HSS 155 Mohsen A M

3178 11:15a-12:35p MW HSS 155 Mohsen A M

PHILOS 9, Symbolic Logic 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Prerequisite: None.

This is a beginning course in modern logic covering symbolic notation and translations, and decision procedures for validity and invalidity of arguments in sentential logic and predicate logic.

3179 9:30a-10:50a MW HSS 154 Klumpe P A

3180 11:15a-12:35p MW HSS 154 Klumpe P A

PHILOS 11, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

An introductory-level survey of some of the philosophical questions that arise from contemplation of art and the artistic process. The main theories of art and beauty will be interpreted and evaluated with respect to the relevance each has for contemporary society. Principles and theories concerning art and beauty will be applied to various works of contemporary art in the major fields. The significance of aesthetic experience and its relevance to life will be examined. The role of the artist and the artist’s intention in the creative process will also be analyzed.

3181 11:15a-12:35p MW MC 11 Kaufman S M
Above section 3181 will give special emphasis to certain philosophical questions concerning the cultural movement called "Punk" that emerged in Europe and in the US circa 1960s.

PHILOS 20, Environmental Ethics 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course introduces the field of environmental ethics with an emphasis on global environmental problems and global citizenship. The conceptual foundations of environmental attitudes and values are examined through an historical survey of philosophies of nature and human/nature relations. Ethical theories are presented and used to analyze contemporary environmental problems, e.g. mistreatment of animals, pollution, climate change, species extinction, natural resource depletion, environmental racism etc. The ethical assumptions underlying various national and international responses to environmental problems will be analyzed and evaluated.

PHILOS 20 is the same course as ENVRN 20. Students may earn credit for one but not both.

3182 2:15p-3:35p MW HSS 152 Lovette C G

PHILOS 22, Asian Philosophy 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

The cultural settings and basic concepts of the major philosophical and religious systems of India, China, and Japan are studied. Rituals and literature are used to compare and contrast Asian and non-Asian belief systems.

3183 12:45p-2:05p MW MC 1 Quesada D M

PHILOS 23, Philosophy of Religion 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This is an introduction to several traditional philosophical problems connected with religious belief. Among the issues to be discussed are the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, mysticism, the rationality of religious belief, and the relationship between reason and revelation.

3184 12:45p-2:05p MW HSS 252 Falconer K L

3186 Arrange-3 Hours ONLINE Bennet S E
Above section 3186 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3187 Arrange-3 Hours ONLINE Bennet S E
Above section 3187 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

PHILOS 24, Philosophy in Literature 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A philosophical inquiry into themes such as knowledge, truth, justice, freedom, responsibility, love, technology, punishment, self-deception, death, religious faith, and the meaning of life through the examination of selected literary works (novels, short stories, plays, poetry). The course will also focus on certain philosophical issues relevant to the philosophy of literature (ie, how humans emotionally relate to fictional characters, interpretation and artistic intention in literary art, how literature is to be defined, the status of truth in literature).

3188 12:45p-2:05p MW HSS 153 Kaufman S M
Above section 3188 has a special focus on philosophical themes in children’s literature and includes a service learning component.

PHILOS 51, Political Philosophy 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA Area 3B (Humanities) or Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

In this inter-disciplinary course students examine fundamental ideas about politics in the writings of major Western philosophers from the ancient to the contemporary period, and use those ideas to consider and debate current political issues.

Philosophy 51 is the same course as Political Science 51. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

3189 8:00a-9:20a TTh HSS 154 Oifer E R
Above section 3189 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information. Above section 3189 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3190 9:30a-10:50a TTh HSS 154 Oifer E R
Above section 3190 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3191 Arrange-3 Hours ONLINE Oifer E R
Above section 3191 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4400 6:45p-9:50p W HSS 151 Kurvink S J

PHILOS 52, Contemporary Political Thought 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA Area 3B (Humanities) or Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This interdisciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines arguments and discourses developed within contemporary political thought. How those discourses critique and/or are rooted in modern ideologies, such as liberalism and socialism will be considered. The theoretical perspectives presented in the course will be used to critically examine important issues in contemporary politics. Students will situate themselves as citizens and political agents in relation to those issues.

Philosophy 52 is the same course as Political Science 52. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

3192 2:15-3:35p MW DRSCHR 215 Oifer E R
Special Topic: American Political Thought

4401 6:45p-9:50p M HSS 151 Kurvink S J

PHILOS 88A, Independent Studies in Philosophy 1 unit

Transfer: CSU

Independent study is intended for advanced students interested in doing independent research on special study topics. To be eligible, a student must demonstrate to the department chairperson the competence to do independent study. To apply for Independent Studies, the student is required, in a petition that may be obtained from the department chair, to state objectives to be achieved, activities and procedures to accomplish the study project, and the means by which the supervising instructor may assess accomplishment. Please see discipline listing for details. A maximum of six units of independent studies is allowed. Granting of UC transfer credit for an Independent Studies course is contingent upon an evaluation of the course outline by a UC campus.

3193 Arrange-1 Hour HSS 354 Schultz C K

PHILOS 88B, Independent Studies in Philosophy 2 units

Transfer: CSU

Independent study is intended for advanced students interested in doing independent research on special study topics. To be eligible, a student must demonstrate to the department chairperson the competence to do independent study. To apply for Independent Studies, the student is required, in a petition that may be obtained from the department chair, to state objectives to be achieved, activities and procedures to accomplish the study project, and the means by which the supervising instructor may assess accomplishment. Please see discipline listing for details. A maximum of six units of independent studies is allowed. Granting of UC transfer credit for an Independent Studies course is contingent upon an evaluation of the course outline by a UC campus.

3194 Arrange-2 Hours HSS 354 Schultz C K

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