Worcester State University
Philosophy Department

 
LASC
The Liberal Arts and Science Curriculum – Philosophy Courses.
 

PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

The fundamentals of philosophy: its vocabulary, problems, and methods.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 101 Ancient Western Philosophy

An introduction to fundamental topics in Western philosophy through works by philosophers including Plato and

Aristotle.

Typically offered at least every two years.

 

PH 102 History of Modern Western Philosophy, 1600-1800

LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Engages central topics of Western philosophy through study of important modern philosophers, typically from

Descartes through Kant.

Typically offered at least every two years.

 

PH 110 Critical Thinking

LASC—Thought, Language and Culture

Critical thinking through informal logical analysis of argument styles, including identification of fallacious arguments.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 115 Logic 1

LASC—Quantitative Reasoning

A study of introductory symbolic (formal) logic course, covering sentential logic and the foundations of predicate logic.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 130 Ethics: Human Conduct and Values

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

The nature of morality and value and their place in the world of human action.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 131 Medical Ethics

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

An introductory-level examination of various ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, cloning and other genetics

issues, access to healthcare, race and healthcare, and women’s health.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 132 Business Ethics

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

An introduction to ethical theory and issues such as truth-in-advertising, product liability, affirmative action, employer

and employee rights and duties, whistle blowing, and corporate responsibility.

Typically offered at least every two years.

 

PH 133 Social and Political Ethics

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum

Investigates major social and political theories and their applications to selected problems of justice.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 150 Women in Western Ideas

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum

Investigates the concept of woman from ancient Greece to the present.

Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 163 Philosophy on Television

LASC—Thought, Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World

An introduction to philosophy through philosophical writings on popular television shows.

Offered every three years. 3 credits.

PH 170 Ancient Chinese Philosophies in a Cultural Perspective

LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture

Ancient Chinese philosophies of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and neo-Confucianism in the context of

contemporary developments in China; Communism, Capitalism, and Western influences considered.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 171 Buddhism: Theory and Meditative Experience

Examines the origins, texts, principles, and practices of Buddhist philosophy including the Four Noble Truths and

Eightfold Path for individual practice.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 172 Asian Philosophies and Contemporary Perspectives

LASC—Global Perspectives

Studies the philosophies of India, China, Japan, and the vitality of ancient traditions in a time of cultural change:

Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Jainism, Hinduism and Islam.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 190 Special Topics in Philosophy

An introductory philosophy course on current or specialized topics

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 193 Special Topics in Philosophy for First-year Students

All "193" classes are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-year Seminar.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

PH 201 19th Century European Philosophy

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Engages the radical new philosophical ideas developed on the European Continent in the 19th Century, beginning

with Hegel.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 202 Selected Topic in 20th – 21st Century Western Philosophy

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Addresses a specific topic in 20th – 21st Century Western Philosophy. The topic will be indicated in each PH 202

registration listing.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 215 Logic 2

LASC—Quantitative Reasoning

Prerequisite: PH 115

Intermediate symbolic (formal) logic including multi-placed predicates and identity.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 220 Philosophy of Mind

Prerequisite: EN 102

An investigation of the relationship between mental processes and physical states – and implications for such issues

as personal identity and free will.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 221 Existentialism and Phenomenology

LASC—Thought, Language and Culture; Global Perspectives

Examines the Existentialist movement of the first half of the 20th Century.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 230 Religious Philosophies, East and West

An examination of the major religious systems, both oriental and occidental.

Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 240 Political Theory

LASC—Thought, Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World

Investigates concepts including political power, equality, revolution, liberties, slavery, socialism and liberalism,

patriarchal power, race and gender.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PH 241 Genocide and Human Rights

LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World

This course treats the ethical, political, and other dimensions of systematic mass violence through case studies

and general theoretical analyses.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 242 Race, Nation, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World

Examines these five important social categories that define the political, legal, economic, and cultural contexts in

which we live.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 250 Global Feminisms

LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture

Investigates the theoretical underpinnings of women's movements for equal rights around the globe.

Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 251 Mass Violence Against Women

LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World

A philosophy-based, interdisciplinary course examining historical and contemporary mass violence against women.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 260 Philosophy of Science

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Critically investigates such questions as: What distinguishes sciences from pseudo-sciences? When is a theory

confirmed? What is a law of nature?

Typically offered at least every two years.

 

PH 261 Philosophy of Religion

Examination of the roles of faith and reason in beliefs concerning a deity and in such issues as the problem of evil.

Typically offered at least every two years.

 

PH 263 Film and Philosophy

LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

An intermediate course on philosophy within and about film.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 264 Philosophy of Education

Examines philosophical approaches to education through readings of various authors such as Plato, Rousseau,

Wollstonecraft, and Dewey.

Typically offered at least every three years.

 

PH 290 Advanced Special Topics in Philosophy

A treatment of current or special topics for students beyond the introductory level.

Offered every year. 3 credits.

 

PH 301 Individual Figure in the History of Western Philosophy

Prerequisite: EN 102

Studies a specific Western philosopher. The philosopher for a given semester will be indicated in the course

registration listings.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PH 302 Topics in American Philosophy

Prerequisite: EN 102

Treats a selected set of topics in the history of philosophy in the United States.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 320 Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology

Prerequisite: EN 102

Selected topics in theories of mind, language, and knowledge.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PH 330 Philosophy, Human Potentiality and Consciousness

Prerequisite: One semester of philosophy

The application of philosophical knowledge to the problems of creative self-actualization and consciousness.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 340 Selected Topics in Social and Political Philosophy

Prerequisite: EN 102

Explores a particular social and political issue, as indicated in the registration course listing, from a philosophical

perspective.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 360 Philosophy of History

LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World

Prerequisite: One semester of philosophy

Explores the different philosophical approaches to the study and writing of history and the nature of historical

change and development.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 361 Philosophy of Art

Prerequisite: One semester of philosophy

An investigation of the nature of aesthetic experience.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 390 Independent Study

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

Special topics for advanced research and study under the guidance of a faculty member. Tutorials in areas of study

not covered in other course offerings.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

 

PH 391 Internship in Philosophy

Prerequisite: EN 102

Provides an opportunity for mid-level or advanced students to increase their philosophical knowledge and

understanding.

Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

 
Related Links
  American Philosophy Association
  Disputatio-International Journal of Philosophy
  Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  Ethics Updates
  Philosophers' Imprint


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