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Syllabus for PHI 151-21 Fall 2008 CMCC Instr.: Nancy Henry
Syllabus for PHI 151-21 Fall 2008 CMCC Instr.: Nancy Henry

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SyllabusINTRODUCTION TO WESTERN PHILOSOPHYFALL 2008Central Maine Community College6:00-8:50 P.M. Thursdays 9/3-12/17/08
Instructor: Nancy A. Henry, JDEmail:
Office hours by appointment
(from College Catalog)Introduction to Western Philosophy
PHI -151
3 Credits (3 Lecture 0 Lab 0 Shop) 3 Hours/Week (3 Hrs. Lecture) Philosophy 151 willexamine the major philosophers and philosophies of Western thought starting with the earlyGreek and Christian thinkers, followed by an examination of the arrival of science and thenew trend toward rationalism. The course ends with an investigation of the modern, moreindividualistic philosophies of Existentialism and Nihilism. Western Philosophy will alsoaddress the major philosophical questions regarding happiness, reason, emotions, and God.
Total class hours45Lab or shop hours 0Estimated hours for outside work 90Total estimated student work time 135Course semester credit hours3
After completing this course, the student will be able to:1)read philosophical prose for critical understanding,2)identify the major “big questions” of philosophy,3)explain the answers which selected philosophers (both ancient and modern) have given tothese problems,1
4)begin to formulate with some degree of philosophical rigor the philosophy which guideshis or her own life,5)be familiar with the development of philosophy as a discipline,6)exhibit curiosity about the questions and assumptions of one’s own and others philosophies,7)apply philosophical reasoning to issues outside the classroom,8)formally present the thought of selected philosophers to their classmates in a team presentation.
Students will regularly be directed to online resources I havecompiled for the class. We will also have a Blackboard site. Please see “course websites”above and make certain you add or subscribe to those groups so you will have access tothese materials.
If you do not have regular computer access and an email address to which you have daily access, you should nottake this course.
CategoriesPercentageHomework/ClassParticipation20%Philosopher’s Notebook20%Group Presentation20%Mid-term exam20%Final exam20%
POLICIES:Late Work Policy:
A student may turn in one assignment up to one week late without penalty. Other late work will not be accepted. If you must be absent from a class, your work must be turned in electronically by the beginning of the class period of that date.
Classroom etiquette:
No cell phones, laptops or other electronic devices are allowed to be used in class unless instructor explicitly directs you to use them. "Electronic chat"during class will result in dismissal from that class period.
Quizzes & Tests:
A mid-term examination and final examination will be given in classon the dates indicated. Occasional quizzes may be given to reinforce learning and to becertain the reading is being covered.
Team Project:
A presentation on either a major philosopher and his or her position onSEVERAL of the “big questions” OR a “big question” as addressed by SEVERAL of themajor philosophers is to be presented as a team effort. Teams will be assigned by theinstructor on the first class.2
Philosopher’s Notebook:
Each student will keep a notebook or journal recordingreflections on the reading and class materials. Some reflections will be assigned, but thenotebook is for broader work and response than just the assigned questions. Aim for 10handwritten pages or 3-4 ss typed pages per week. If you elect to respond to issues on the blog, this will count towards your Notebook total. You will turn these in twice during thesemester. YOUR NOTEBOOK MAY BE ELECTRONIC.
Class Participation and Homework:
You are an important part of this class, and I have provided many avenues for you to participate and interact with your classmates. Portionsof this class will be presented online, giving you an opportunity to respond and dialoguein writing if you are shy about speaking in a group. If you are not confident that your testgrades will reflect your true abilities, my suggestion is that you make an effort to shine inthis area.
Keeping up with the Class
Students who are having difficulty should notify the instructor as soon as possible. Iunderstand that problems and stresses arise and that we are dealing with difficult materialin this class. I have a wealth of links and study aids to share with you and would be happyto have an appointment to address any problems.
Please check your email AND OUR BLACKBOARD SITE sometime in the afternoon of every Thursday class day in case there has been some need to cancel. In the event of ANY sort of cancellation, WE WILL HAVE A VIRTUAL CLASS, not a “make-up” class.There is an abundance of excellent instructional material online and I have more thanenough of this for several classes. This online work will be required and will count for classroom instructional time—it is not “additional homework”.
There are only 15 weeks of class. Attendance is very important. If you must miss class please let me know immediately, as I have compiled many “virtual attendance” optionsfor circumstances such as illness or unavoidable conflict. One "no questions asked"absence is permitted, providing you make up the work by the following class period.When you contact me about an absence, please know
I do not give “excusedabsences”—what I do is work with you to make a plan to cover the material you willmiss.
I retain the right to lower the grade of any student who does not address attendanceand absences in a responsible, adult manner. I will also inform a student’s advisor if their academic work or attendance indicates that they may be having difficulty meeting courserequirements.
Disability Access Statement
If you are a student with a documented disability and plan to request an academic or other accommodation, you must register as soon as possible with the Central Maine CommunityCollege Disabilities Coordinator, Ms. Laura Rifkin. Visit the Coordinator’s office in Jalbert3

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