Lesson 01 October
Ch. 1: Introduction to Synoptic Philosophy What Synoptic Philosophy is and does?
• Lesson 02 October 25,
Ch. 1: From Mythology to rational Thinking
What do we mean by Greek Miracle?
• Lesson 03 October 30, M
Lesson 0 3 :
Ch. 2: Our Place in the World How do we relate to the world and others?
• Holiday-Jan 16, M. Lesson
04 November 1, W
Ch. 2: Physical and Mental What is our inner world?
• Lesson 05 November
Ch. 3: Knowing and Unknowing the Real World (part1) How do we know?
• Lesson 06November
8, W First Term Exam
Ch. 3: Knowing and Unknowing the Real World (part 2) Can we really know?
• Lesson 07 November 13, M
Ch. 3: Mental Reconstruction of the Reality How do we think in time and space perspective?
• Lesson 08 November 15, W
Ch. 4: Personal and Institutional Morality What is our moral life?
• Lesson 09 November 20, M
Ch. 4: Philosophical Investigation of Communication How do we make senses?
• Lesson 10 November 22, W
Ch. 5 History in Hands of Philosophers What is our history for us?
• Lesson 11 November
27, M Mid-Term Exam
Class Discussion and Philosophical Journals Presentation
• Lesson 12 November
Ch. 6: Nature and Life
How do we understand nature and life?
•Lesson 13 December 4, M.
Make up work:
Ch. 7: Scientific Foundations of Philosophical Knowledge What is science to us?
• Lesson 14 December 6, W
Ch 8: Theological Issues of Immortality and Death What else is there? What should we know for final exam?
• Lesson 15 December 11, M Final Exam
• Lesson 16 December 13, M Class Presentations
Instructor: Olga Workman
E-companion web site: http://www.parkonline.com
Class web page: http://ographics.com/ph311/syllabus.htm
Office hours: in lieu
of office hours, questions will be addressed
before or after class
Faculty Educational Philosophy The instructor will engage learners in disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.
Lectures, discussions, analysis of web sites, video films, and audio clips will complement reading and writing assignments.
• classify ideas in a historical perspective
• analyze, contrast, and integrate ideas to cultivate a disciplined, conscious, and rational process of thought
• explain ideas and translate common sense into explicit philosophical premises
• strengthen convictions and be able to defend truth, justice, freedom and important personal values
• refute wrong ideas by becoming a more critical thinker
• discuss ideas by attaching specific philosophical meaning to words • demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of a variety of disciplinary research methods
Course Textbook(s) Christian, L. (2006). Philosophy: An Introduction
to the Art of Wondering. (9th ed.). USA: Thomson Wadsworth.
Library Information for Students: www. park.edu/student/lib.asp
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Contact Park University Reference Librarians (816) 584-6840 or 6464
Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”
Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”
Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
Late Submission of Course Materials
Assignments not submitted on the due date without a valid reason will be given a “zero” score.
• A valid reason should be substantiated with a written statement
on letterhead signed by a person in authority or a written
and signed statement from the student. Make up work will be
accepted towards the final grade at 100% of the total grade.
It should include 5 typed pages, covering class discussion
and home reading material.
• If a reason for late submission of work is not valid and substantiated with a written statement,
make up work will not be accepted for the missed class, which will negatively affect the final grade.
• Analytical home and class reading assignments:
Particular home reading assignments are given in class and
the general schedule can be found on the class web site.
Home reading requires thoughtful analysis of philosophical
articles and abstracts. Reading and note taking are
beneficial for stimulating class discussions and deeper
understanding of the course material).
• Participation in class discussions and team assignments
• Three exams
• Ten 50-100 words entries in a philosophical
online journal, recording materials applicable to class discussions.
• Term paper (6 pages, may be published online @ http://www.parkonline.org
(ph 311section) or @http:// www. pjo311.blogspot.com)
and class presentation: (suggested topics,
information sources, grading criteria and guidelines for writing
term papers see the following guidelines:
Suggested Term Papers
• Extra-credit assignment: those who wish to add to their
grade point average should present an additional term
paper (6 pages) on any subject related to class discussions
and home reading material.
Classroom rules of Conduct The Park University catalog provides detailed information on this subject.
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability.
Course Topics/Dates/Assignments Information about dates, time of all class sessions, topics, study assignments, and
examination schedules are given in the handouts and also accessible on the Instructor’s
Grading Plan First Exam 20 points (1 00%-90% A)
Mid-Term Exam 22points ( 1 00%-90% A)
Final Exam 25 points ( 100%-90% A)
Term Paper and Class Presentation 30 points (1 00%-90% A)
Philosophical Journal 20 points ( 100%-90% A)
Full –Time Participation 8 points per class (1 00%-90% A)
Note: final exam or term paper with a grade “D” will limit
your final grade to " C".
Park University Grading Requirements:
1 00%-90% A (4.0 grade points) , 89%-90% B (3.0 grade points),
79%-70% C (2.0 grade
points), 69%-60% D (1.0 grade point), Below 60% F (0.0 no