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Summer 2008


General Education Info: GFR | GEP (for students starting Fall 2007)



PHIL 100  Introduction to Philosophy                              3 credits
An introduction to fundamental philosophical concepts and methods, through the consideration of issues such as the existence and nature of God, the relationship between mind and body, personal identity, the relationship between free will and determinism, moral responsibility, the nature and possibility of knowledge, causality and the nature of reality. The course emphasizes the formulation and evaluation of philosophical arguments and may draw upon historical as well as contemporary readings. For more information contact rtemplet@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0220] 7060 Meets 07/07/2008 - 08/15/2008             TEMPLETON, R
            MW.........9:00am-12:10pm (FA  018)


PHIL 150  Contemporary Moral Issues                               3 credits
HYBRID COURSE - An introduction to the problems and concepts of moral philosophy that focuses on current moral issues. This course introduces students to moral theories and their implications, the nature of moral reasoning and argument, and the meaning and justification of moral concepts such as obligation and rights. The topic for this course is the moral issues of war with specific attention to the war against terrorism. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0221] 6050 Meets 05/27/2008 - 06/20/2008             SENG, P
            Tu.........6:00pm- 9:10pm (SOND112)


PHIL 152  Introduction to Moral Theory                            3 credits
HYBRID COURSE - An introduction to philosophical theories of morality, which address such questions as: What ought we do? How ought we live? Is there any right answer to such questions? If there are any right answers, upon what are they based, and how do we come to know them? What makes it the case that we should or should not lie, kill other people or eat animals? Various theoretical positions are covered and may include moral skepticism or relativism, Aristotelianism or virtue ethics, utilitarianism, Kantianism and other forms of non-consequentialism. Readings may include both historical and contemporary sources. Critical and charitable reading, argument analysis and writing are emphasized. For more information contact rwilso4@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP/GFR:Meets  AH.   ***THIS  COURSE  WILL
          ALSO  MEET  ON  THE  FIRST TUESDAY  OF THE
          SESSION.***
[0222] 6050 Meets 05/27/2008 - 06/20/2008             WILSON, R
            M..........1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 231)


PHIL 210  Philosophy of Religion                                  3 credits
A critical examination of the nature and justification of religious belief. Topics discussed include the existence of God, the nature of religious belief, the problem of evil, the possibility of life after death, and the relation between religion and morality. Note: Also listed as RLST 200. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0223] 6040 Meets 05/27/2008 - 06/20/2008             SENG, P
            TuWTh......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 237)


PHIL 251  Ethical Issues in Science, Engineering                  3 credits
          and Information Technology                        
HYBRID COURSE - The primary focus of the course will be inquiry into the ethical responsibilities of scientists, engineers and information technologists in today's high-tech, information- oriented society. Students will be introduced to both historical and contemporary issues involving ethical and professional responsibility through an extensive discussion and analysis of case studies. The key feature of the course will involve learning how to conduct an ethical analysis and then learning how to apply this analysis to a case study. Teams will be formed early in the semester so each group can meet and discuss case studies before they are discussed in class and before written assignments are due. Each team also will be required to engage in an extended case study project that will culminate in a team presentation of the case study in a PowerPoint format. For more information contact rwilso4@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP/GFR:Meets  AH.   ***THIS  COURSE  WILL
          ALSO  MEET  ON  THE  FIRST TUESDAY  OF THE
          SESSION.***
[0224] 6040 Meets 05/27/2008 - 06/20/2008             WILSON, R
            M..........6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 231)


PHIL 321  History of Philosophy: Ancient                          3 credits
The history of major philosophical views from the pre-Socratics through Hellenistic philosophy, with special emphasis on the early and middle dialogues of Plato and the physical, ethical and metaphysical works of Aristotle. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor. For more information contact ealick@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0225] 6060 Meets 05/27/2008 - 07/03/2008             EALICK, G
            MW.........9:45am-12:55pm (ITE 241)


PHIL 334  Asian Philosophy                                        3 credits
This course will consist of a critical survey of the major philosophical and spiritual traditions of India, China and Japan. The key concepts and principles of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism and Shintoism will be examined and discussed. Topics will include the difference in emphasis and approach between the philosophical thought of East and West, the conceptual relations between the various Asian traditions and the importance of the concept of enlightenment in Asian thought. Special attention will be given to the role that Asian philosophy has played in shaping Asian culture. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor. For more information contact rtemplet@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH or C.
[0226] 6060 Meets 05/27/2008 - 07/03/2008             TEMPLETON, R
            MW.........9:00am-12:10pm (FA  018)


PHIL 399A Topics in Philosophy Evolution vs.                      3 credits
          Intelligent Design                                
This course explores the long and sullied creation vs. evolution controversy. The debate has taken on new significance in the question of the status of Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution. Topics include creation vs. evolution in relation to science, education, and public policy. The course will consider the evidence for evolution, the criticisms of evolutionary theory from the standpoint of defenders of intelligent design, and responses to these criticisms. Note: May be repeated for credit with the permission of the department. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor. For more information contact jathomas@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0228] 7040 Meets 07/07/2008 - 08/01/2008             THOMAS, J
            TuThF......9:00am-12:10pm (MP  008)


PHIL 799  Master's Thesis Research                              1-6 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          for permission to enroll.
[7777] 0101 Meets 05/27/2008 - 08/15/2008             STAFF
            Time and room to be arranged


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