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HELP ARTD-Arts   BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci.   HUMD-Humanities    NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab   NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab   [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available     (...only)  -- offered only on indicated campus(es)     G - Germantown    R - Rockville    TP - Takoma Park
Course Course Title Semester Hours Subject
PL 180 MORALITY & CONTEMP LAW 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    An examination of some social issues that seem to be of current interest from the legal/ethical viewpoint, e.g.: privacy, crime and punishment, civil and human rights, victimless crimes, police and court practice, sexual and medical practice, freedom and authority. An attempt will be made to view these contemporary problems in a historical perspective. The student is encouraged and expected to know facts, think logically, and develop an independent sense of critical judgment. (HUMD) PREREQUISITE: One course in philosophy, political science, or sociology, or consent of department. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
PL 190 ELEM LOGIC & SEMANTICS 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    An introductory study of logic and language, intended to increase the student's ability to use language with precision and to reason correctly. Topics include the logic of science and the principles of induction and deduction. (HUMD) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
PL 201 INTRO PHILOSOPHY 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Introduction to philosophical analysis of the problem of knowledge, the problem of reality, and the problem of the good. Major philosophical attitudes of Western civilization are introduced. Special attention is paid to some of the philosophical implications of contemporary natural and social science. The basic themes of the course are that the major questions philosophy deals with are present in the lives of all persons; that we must clarify the questions, if possible, before we try to answer them; and that the basic questions are always concerned with the nature and meaning of human existence. (HUMD) PREREQUISITE: Second-year standing or consent of department. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
PL 201HC INTRO PHILOSOPHY-HONORS 1-3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Introduction to philosophical analysis of the problem of knowledge, the problem of reality, and the problem of the good. Major philosophical attitudes of Western civilization are introduced. Special attention is paid to some of the philosophical implications of contemporary natural and social science. The basic themes of the course are that the major questions philosophy deals with are present in the lives of all persons; that we must clarify the questions, if possible, before we try to answer them; and that the basic questions are always concerned with the nature and meaning of human existence. (HUMD) PREREQUISITES: Completion of at least 12 college credits, a 3.2 grade point average or higher, and a grade of A or B in EN 101 or EN 101A. Assessment level: MA 100. Three hours each week.
HELP ARTD-Arts   BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci.   HUMD-Humanities    NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab   NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab   [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available     (...only)  -- offered only on indicated campus(es)     G - Germantown    R - Rockville    TP - Takoma Park
Course Course Title Semester Hours Subject
PL 201HM INTRO PHILOSOPHY-HONORS 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Introduction to philosophical analysis of the problem of knowledge, the problem of reality, and the problem of the good. Major philosophical attitudes of Western civilization are introduced. Special attention is paid to some of the philosophical implications of contemporary natural and social science. The basic themes of the course are that the major questions philosophy deals with are present in the lives of all persons; that we must clarify the questions, if possible, before we try to answer them; and that the basic questions are always concerned with the nature and meaning of human existence. (HUMD) PREREQUISITES: Completion of at least 12 college credits, a 3.2 grade point average or higher, and a grade of A or B in EN 101 or EN 101A. Assessment level: MA 100. Three hours each week.
PL 202 INTRO STUDY OF ETHICS 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Examines questions of whether judgments about right and good are completely conditioned by society and whether moral notions are based on emotion or fact. Also examines the distinction between fact and value and explores different approaches to moral and ethical judgments, e.g., weighing consequences versus following intuition. Representative arguments on contemporary social and ethical issues will provide material for this exploration. (HUMD) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
PL 203 INTRO STUDY OF RELIGION 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Discusses theories of the source of religion and examines representative Eastern and Western religions. Philosophical implications of the presence of religion in human life will be explored. (HUMD[M]) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
PL 203HC INTRO STUDY OF RELIGION-HONORS 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Discusses theories of the source of religion and examines representative Eastern and Western religions. Philosophical implications of the presence of religion in human life will be explored. (HUMD[M]) PREREQUISITES: Completion of at least 12 college credits, a 3.2 grade point average or higher, and a grade of A or B in EN 101 or EN 101A. Assessment level: MA 100. Three hours each week.
HELP ARTD-Arts   BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci.   HUMD-Humanities    NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab   NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab   [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available     (...only)  -- offered only on indicated campus(es)     G - Germantown    R - Rockville    TP - Takoma Park
Course Course Title Semester Hours Subject
PL 204 ETHICS-SCI/MED/HLTH CARE 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Deals with moral and ethical problems in the realms of scientific experimentation (on humans), medical practice, and health care. Specific problems dealt with in any given semester will depend, in part, on the contemporary interest and needs of the students enrolled. Possible topics are death and dying, euthanasia, abortion, behavior modification, and human experimentation. (TP only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
PL 205 PHILOSOPHY IN LITERATURE 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Reading and philosophical criticism of novels and plays containing ideas significant for ethics, metaphysics, religion, and social policy. Particular attention will be given to modern writers. (HUMD) PREREQUISITE: Second-year standing or consent of department. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
PL 206 STRUC & EVOLUTION OF UNI 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    A historical resume of natural philosophy including pre-Socratic, Aristotelian, Newtonian, and 19th century world views followed by a nonmathematical yet in-depth study of relativity and quantum theories culminating in recent cosmological models. A study of the philosophical meaning of physical law. (HUMD) (R only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
PL 210 ASIAN THOUGHT 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Explores the philosophical, mythical, and religious thought of the traditions of the East, examining secular thought and religious convictions and studying their influence on each other. Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Taoism, Confucianism, and other substantive thought systems, as well as some indigenous religions, will be discussed. Each tradition's views of nature, society, self, deity, and afterlife will be studied; attention will be paid to the roles of women and/or minority groups within the traditions. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.
HELP ARTD-Arts   BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci.   HUMD-Humanities    NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab   NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab   [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available     (...only)  -- offered only on indicated campus(es)     G - Germantown    R - Rockville    TP - Takoma Park
Course Course Title Semester Hours Subject
PL 211 WESTERN RELIGION 3 semester hours PL-Philosophy
Course Description:    Explores the philosophical, mythical, and religious thought of the traditions of the West. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as some indigenous religions, will be discussed. Each tradition's views of nature, society, self, deity, and afterlife will be studied; attention will be paid to the roles of women and/or minority groups within the traditions. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 100, RD 120. Three hours each week.

 
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