Welcome to the Web page for the Department of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Prince George's Community College. Philosophy teaches one to reason well and to learn the difference between acting on emotional responses and on our behavior based on reason. Well known philosophers are studied in order to learn the various emphases these thinkers have placed on the different principles involved in making rational decisions. Methods of instruction used in classes range from tests, to quizzes, to papers, to class discussions, to journals, and to group projects. None of the courses require a Philosophy prerequisite. All of them require that you both read and write at the college level.
Full Time Faculty
Marlene Carpenter, Ph.D., Professor and
Alicia Juarrero, Ph.D., Professor
Roberta Boss, Ph.D.
Dennis Boyle, Ph.D.
Jessica E. Charles, J.D.
Zbig Janowski Ph.D.
Michael McClure, M.Th.
Bertha Nyinenda, M.A.
Gonzalo Palacios, Ph.D.
Adrian Taylor, Ph.D.
Candice Washington, B.A.
Christopher Weaver, M.A.
Natasha Williams, M.A.
TO THE VIEWER: THIS IS A MASTER SYLLABUS TEMPLATE FOR PHL 101, HOWEVER, MOST OF THE INFORMATION – WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OUTCOMES – WILL ALSO APPLY TO PHL 109 (LOGIC), 127 (THINKING ABOUT RELIGION), 133 (ETHICS), 135 (BIOETHICS), 140 (BUSINESS ETHICS) YOUR INSTRUCTOR MAY REPEAT SOME OR ALL OF THIS INFORMATION OR SIMPLY REFER YOU TO THIS LOCATION . . . IN EITHER EVENT ALL OF THE CONTENT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SUCCESS THIS SEMESTER.
PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Welcome to PHL 101: Introduction to Philosophy: the art of questioning
Department of Philosophy and Women’s Studies
OFFICE:on-campus: Bladen 310 C or D The on-campus mailboxes are in Bladen 310 outside of 310A
Departmental Phones: 301-322-0946 Phoebe Carter, Secretary; 301-322-0947, Clyde Ebenreck, Department Chair
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WEB PAGE: Departmental Webpage: http://academic.pgcc.edu/philosophy/
Introduction to Philosophy: The Art of Questioning You may also add either an abbreviated or full description as contained in the course schedule “Asking and answering the basic and meaningful question s of life, and clarifying one’s thinking in relation to self, others, laws, nature, and God. Prerequisite Reading Proficiency level.” I usually add a few prerequisites to my syllabus that are not official but if followed will permit the student to succeed with phrasing something like “In this course you will be reading works which require college and above proficiency, and you will be expected to write at the college level. If you are just completing a developmental course in writing you would be advised to wait until you have taken a college level composition course before attempting this one.”
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
RECOGNIZE AND EVALUATE PHILOSOPHICAL CLAIMS BY
1. Restating and explaining such claims in one’s own words.
2. Identifying any and all assumptions embedded within those claims.
3. Generating philosophically reasoned positions regarding such claims.
4. Writing philosophically coherent essays which justify and defend these positions.
5. Applying such positions to contemporary philosophical problems, issues and dilemmas.
6. Identifying the philosophical shortcomings and not simply the strengths of these positions.
7. Reconstructing the weaknesses of discredited positions into more philosophical viable ones.
TEXTBOOK: depends upon your instructor’s syllabus
OTHER REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS: depends upon your instructor’s syllabus
OUTSIDE CLASS REQUIREMENTS: depends upon your instructor’s syllabus
GRADING CRITERIA: depends upon your instructor’s syllabus
Grades are assigned based on the grading policy stated in the syllabus and not the Blackboard grade book.
HOW ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED: depends upon your instructor’s syllabus
HOW ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE RETURNED: depends upon your instructor’s syllabus
COURSE OUTLINE: depends upon your instructor’s syllabus
CLASSROOM POLICIES: depends upon your instructor’s syllabus
HOW TO LOG IN TO BLACKBOARD: go to the Blackboard site: http://pgcconline.blackboard.com where the login information can be found, set up your MYPGCC account if you have not already done so: all of your Blackboard accounts have the same ID and password.
DELAYED COLLEGE OPENINGS: (required if relevant to your class)
When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining at the time of the opening will be held. For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes.
In order to be notified by e-mail or text message for any delayed openings or closings, sign up for Owl Alert at http://www-old.pgcc.edu/owlalert/index.htm
Center for Work-Based Learning 301-322-0136
Marlboro Hall, Room 2102
The Center for Work-Based Learning assists students with combining work experience and academic study. Students are placed in jobs or internships where they may apply classroom learning to the real world. Faculty and on-site supervisors monitor the training to assure that it is relevant to the student’s major. College credit is earned for this work-based learning. Work sites are located throughout the Washington, D.C. area as well as in Europe and Africa.
The College’s Collegian Centers provide a “place to belong” outside of the classroom. They bring students in particular disciplines together for co-curricular activities and opportunities:
· Administration of Justice – for students interested in criminal justice, corrections, forensic science, and paralegal/pre-law 301-322-0757, 301-386-7553
? Bernard Center – for students interested in business management and accounting 301-322-0554
· Humanities – for students interested in art, communication, English, language studies, music, philosophy, and theatre 301-583-5209
· PSE – for students interested in psychology, sociology, and education 301-386-7587
· STEM – for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics 301-341-3086
Hillman Entrepreneurs Program 301-322-0700
Marlboro Hall, Room 2051
Students in any major who have a passionate desire to start, run, or own a business may apply for admission to the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program. Admission is competitive. The program builds entrepreneurial skills, pays up to 64 percent of tuition, provides a $500 stipend, and qualified students transfer to the University of Maryland College Park as Hillman Entrepreneurs where they have up to 64 percent of their tuition paid and receive a $1,000 stipend.
Honors Academy/Program 301-322-0433
Marlboro Hall, Room 1087
The Honors Academy admits academically outstanding honors students who are interested in a rigorous program of academic excellence, intellectual development, leadership and community service. Prince George's Community College Honors Program promotes students’ intellectual growth and enrichment.
International Education Center 301-322-0177
Lanham Hall, Room 221
The International Education Center provides academic support and assistance to students who need help with courses or with understanding the American higher education system. The Center brings international and American students together for learning enrichment activities, including a variety of discussion forums that foster awareness and understanding of cultural issues.
Marlboro Hall, Room 2038 301-386-7587
The Mentoring Program provides first-time, full-time students with mentors who will guide and assist them with planning academic and career goals.
Service Learning 301-322-0713
The Service Learning Program encourages the development of civic responsibility through students’ participation in service projects within the community that support their academic objectives. Through Service Learning, students learn actively by applying principles learned in the classroom while developing critical reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility.
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