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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.

3031   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 151   Kaufman S M

3032   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 156   Huffaker P

3033   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 252   Katherine A L
Above section 3033 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3034   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 252   Katherine A L
Above section 3034 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3035   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 155   Kamler H F

3036   11:15a-12:35p TTh   HSS 156   Huffaker P

Above section 3036 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.

3037   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 150   Kamler H F

3038   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 165   Katherine A L
Above section 3038 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3040   3:45p-5:05p MW   HSS 152   Llaguno M A

3041   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Ortega G R
Above section 3041 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 13 to Apr 07, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

NEW   3435   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Ortega G R
Above section 3435 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 17 to Jun 09, and 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.

3042   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 155   Klumpe P A

3043   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 154   Klumpe P A

3044   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 154   Klumpe P A

Above section 3044 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.

PHILOS 3, Early Philosophers    3 units

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

This historical introduction to philosophy traces the development of Western philosophy from the early Greeks through the Middle Ages. The ideas which have influenced the development of Western culture are emphasized.

3045   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 150   Mohsen A M

Above section 3045 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.

3046   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 150   Mohsen A M

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.

3047   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 252   Katherine A L

PHILOS 5, Contemporary Moral Conflicts    3 units

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

This course is a philosophic examination of major ethical debates in contemporary American society. Topics may include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, racial and sexual equality, affirmative action, sexual morality, pornography, “victimless crimes,” bio-medical research, animal rights, and environmental issues. Preparatory to those investigations, time is devoted to studying some of the most important moral theories and various types of moral reasoning.

3048   9:30a-10:50a TTh   MC 11   Mohsen A M
Special Topic: The Philosophy of Humo.

3049   11:15a-12:35p MW   MC 11   Kaufman S M
Above section 3049 focuses on ethical questions and concerns about food.

3050   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 156   Mohsen A M
Special Topic: The Philosophy of Humo.

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.

3051   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 150   Mohsen A M

3052   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 156   Klumpe P A

3053   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 156   Klumpe P A

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.

3054   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 252   Falconer K L

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.

3055   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 155   Huffaker P

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.

3056   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 104   Quesada D M
Theme: Happiness.

NEW   3384   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 151   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.

3057   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 252   Bennet S E

3058   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Bennet S E
Above section 3058 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3059   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Bennet S E
Above section 3059 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).

3060   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 151   Kaufman S M
Above section 3060 focuses on philosophical themes in selected children’s literary works. This class has 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.

This inter-disciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines fundamental ideas about politics in the writings of major Western thinkers from Plato to Marx. Students will situate themselves as citizens and political agents.

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

3061   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 154   Oifer E R

Above section 3061 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 3061 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3062   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 154   Oifer E R
Above section 3062 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

4382   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.

3063   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 154   Oifer E R
Special Topic: American Political Though.

4383   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.

3064   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.

3065   Arrange-2 Hours    HSS 354   Schultz C K

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