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Philosophy Outcomes

 

Program Level Outcomes for Philosophy

Theory: Students will be able to identify and analyze the major currents of thought in philosophy.
Practical use of Philosophy: Students will be able to apply philosophical perspectives to contemporary issues.
Critical Thinking: Students will be able to analyze, synthesize and evaluate ideas and apply analytical skills to solve problems.
Research: Students will be able to engage in literary research and interpret and evaluate research studies.
Civic Engagement:  Students will be able to recognize and respect the beliefs, opinions and values of other individuals and cultures. Moreover, students will demonstrate an awareness of personal, social, civic, and environmental responsibility.
 

Student Learning Outcomes for Philosophy

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are a means to determine what students know, think, feel or do as a result of a given learning experience. In this process, the outcomes are written by the department or unit members. Outcomes assessment, including at the course, program, and institutional levels, allows departments to discover if the students are, in fact, learning what they are expected to learn. The use of assessment results stimulates discussion and directs activities that can improve instructional delivery, curricula, programs, and/or services.

PHIL 3/H Introduction to Logic

SLO 1: Students will learn to distinguish arguments from non-arguments.
SLO 2: Students will be acquainted with the various forms of definitions and learn to construct proper definitions.  
SLO 3: Students will be able to distinguish and evaluate inductive and deductive arguments using criteria of evaluation such as valid/invalid, strong/weak, etc.
SLO 4: Students will learn to analyze informal fallacies.
SLO 5: Students will learn to translate arguments into symbolic form to test their validity.

SLO 6: Students will be able to apply deductive and inductive reasoning methods to morals, politics, science, literature, and everyday life scenarios.

PHIL 5/H Introduction to Philosophy

SLO 1: Students will be able to analyze the major philosophical schools of thought. 
SLO 2: Students will be able to analyze the ideas of the major philosophers. 
SLO 3: Students will be able to apply philosophical knowledge to real-world problems and contemporary issues.
SLO 4: Students will learn to read, analyze and reflect on primary philosophical texts to formulate their own understanding.

PHIL 8 Critical Thinking

SLO 1: Students will be able to distinguish inductive and deductive arguments.
SLO 2: Students will be able to identify the premises/reasons for supporting the conclusion within an argument.  
SLO 3: Students will be able to evaluate arguments (Strong/Weak, Valid/Invalid).
SLO 4: Students will learn to analyze informal fallacies.
SLO 5: Students will be able to apply problem-solving skills to their personal belief systems and social issues.

PHIL 9/H Critical Thinking and Writing

SLO 1: Students will be able to distinguish inductive and deductive arguments.
SLO 2: Students will be able to identify the premises/reasons for supporting the conclusion within an argument. 
SLO 3: Students will be able to evaluate arguments (Strong/Weak, Valid/Invalid).
SLO 4: Students will learn to analyze informal fallacies.
SLO 5: Students will be able to develop a thesis statement that advances a clear argument.
SLO 6: Students will demonstrate proficiency (precision, clarity, organization) in argumentative writing (with a min. of 6,000 words for the semester), where positions are defended and ideas are explored.

PHIL 12/H Introduction to Ethics

SLO 1: Student will be able to analyze the ideas of the major moral philosophers. 
SLO 2: Students will be able to analyze major philosophical schools of thought, including Virtue Ethics, Deontological, and Utilitarianism.
SLO 3: Students will be able to apply moral reasoning to contemporary ethical issues and moral problems.
SLO 4: Students will be able to analyze primary texts in ethics.

PHIL 15/H Major World Religions

SLO 1: Students will be able to identify the practice, belief and history of the major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 
SLO 2: Students will be able to compare and contrast a variety of religious themes.
SLO 3: Students will be able to analyze primary religious text.
SLO 4: Students will understand the impact of religion in the world at large.

PHIL 20A/H Introduction to Ancient Philosophy: Pre-Socratic to Medieval Period 

SLO 1: Students will be able to analyze the major philosophers from ancient times to the end of the Medieval period.
SLO 2: Students will be able to analyze philosophical systems of thought from ancient times to the end of the Medieval period.
SLO 3: Students will be able to synthesize philosophical perspectives in relation to their own lived experience in which they apply this obtained knowledge, skills, and virtue to their own lives.
SLO 4: Students will be able to write philosophical essays, which reveal improved skill in the presentation and evaluation of arguments, where the students clearly and effectively present their own philosophical position. 

20B/H Introduction to Modern Philosophy: Renaissance to Present 

SLO 1: Students will be able to analyze the major philosophers from the Renaissance to the contemporary period.
SLO 2: Students will be able to analyze philosophical systems of thought from the Renaissance to the contemporary period.
SLO 3: Students will be able to synthesize philosophical perspectives in relation to their own lived experience in which they apply this obtained knowledge, skills, and virtue to their own lives.
SLO 4: Students will be able to write philosophical essays, which reveal improved skill in the presentation and evaluation of arguments, where the students clearly and effectively present their own philosophical position.

PHIL 99 Special Projects

SLO 1: Students will develop conceptual competence, demonstrate vigor of logical inquiry, and produce clarity of expression.