Philosophy and Religion PHIL 415 Enlightenment Philosophy. Credit Hours: 3 Length of Course: 8 weeks Prerequisite(s): PH101

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Philosophy and Religion PHIL 415 Enlightenment Philosophy Credit Hours: 3 Length of Course: 8 weeks Prerequisite(s): PH101 Instructor Information Course Description Course Scope Course Objectives Course
Philosophy and Religion PHIL 415 Enlightenment Philosophy Credit Hours: 3 Length of Course: 8 weeks Prerequisite(s): PH101 Instructor Information Course Description Course Scope Course Objectives Course Delivery Method Course Materials Evaluation Procedures Course Outline Academic Services Instructor Information Course Description This course follows the development of the philosophical tradition through the age of religious upheaval, secular enlightenment, and scientific and democratic revolutions. The key themes addressed in the course include the social contract theory, toleration, freedom of thought, and the enlightenment ideal. (Prerequisite: PHIL101). Course Scope Students will read a variety of authors and thinkers who represent some of the best of the Enlightenment writers of western thought. A key goal of the course will be to relate these ideas and philosophies to our present western culture, and to understand how they have laid an indelible foundation for our modern society. Course Objectives Define key trends in the development of western thought. Relate current western views of the world to their underpinnings in Renaissance writings and philosophies. Write papers that demonstrate critical thinking concerning the early modern western philosophers. Select and evaluate relevant literary criticism for the research paper. Use proper documentation for the assigned research paper. Course Delivery Method This B.A. in Philosophy course delivered via distance learning will enable students to complete academic work in a flexible manner, completely online. Course materials and access to an online learning management system will be made available to each student. Online assignments are due by the last day of each week and include Discussion Board questions (accomplished in groups through a threaded discussion board), examinations and quizzes (graded electronically), and individual assignments (submitted for review by the Faculty Member). Course Materials Beardsley, M.C. Philosophers from Descartes to Nietzsche, Random House Incorporated Russell, B. A History of Western Philosophy, and Its Connection With Political and Social Circumstances from the Earliest Times to the Present Day, 1975 ISBN: Strauss, L (ed). History of Political Philosophy, 3rd ed, Evaluation Procedures Forum Posts 100 points each = 700 points) There will be a Forum question posted for each week s reading. You are required to make at least three posts each week to the Forum for the relevant week. The first post should respond directly to the discussion question posed and should contain citation of the relevant readings in illustration or proof of your points. Subsequent posts should be in response to another student s post and should reflect a meaningful dialogue with that student (i.e., rather than stating simply that you agree or do not agree with a given student s post, please state in detail why). For this reason, the first post should be made by Wednesday, to give other students a chance to respond to it. Each post should be a minimum of 150 words. Term Paper (300 points) A research paper is due by the end of the 8 th week (11:55 p.m. on Sunday). The paper should be a fuller account the main ideas of one of the philosophers, or areas of philosophy, covered in the course, together with an analysis of the strength of those ideas. You should use at least five credible academic sources outside of the course materials. The research paper should be 2500 to 3500 words in length (8-10 pages) excluding the Works Cited page. All papers should be double spaced and written in Times New Roman 12 point font. Papers should include indented paragraphs, no extra space between paragraphs, and 1 inch margins on all sides. Keep quotes from sources to 2-3 lines and no more than 10-20% of the paper; this is especially relevant with regard to secondary sources. Never let your secondary sources take over or make your argument for you. File Names: Please label all file attachments in the following manner: Your last name_assignment Title (i.e., Smith_Term Paper) Sources: Use only scholarly articles and books found through databases in the APUS and other research libraries. If you must go outside of these academic sources, let me know so we can review together. In general, keep quotes to no more than 2-3 lines in these relatively short papers. Sources that should never be used in your research and writing include the following: Wikipedia. Any encyclopedias or dictionaries. Any essay writing web sites. Any web sites that have [.k12] in their address. Study sites or aids such as Pink Monkey,,,,,,,,,,,, and any others like these. In addition, avoid using introductory and editorial material as a source in graduate level work. Citation and Reference Style: Writing assignments must follow MLA citation and reference style guidelines as illustrated in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Gibaldi). Mastering MLA citation style is critical to successfully completing the MA program. Late Assignments Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade. Total Available Points = Week Course Week Topic(s) Reading(s) Assignment(s) 1 Intro to Enlightenment Chapters 1-7 Machiavelli, Grotius, Bacon Introduction and initial Forum question 2 Descartes Chapter 9 Descartes Descartes Week 2 Forum Questions Chapters Week 3 Forum Questions 3 Spinoza & Leibniz Spinoza Spinoza, Leibniz 4 Hobbes & Locke Chapters 8, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu Week 4 Forum Questions 5 Berkeley & Hume Chapters Hume Week 5 Forum Questions final paper topic to professor Chapters Week 6 Forum Questions 6 Rousseau & Kant Rousseau, Kant Rousseau, Kant Chapters 21 22, 24 Week 7 Forum Questions 7 Hegel & Schopenhauer Hegel Hegel, Schopenhauer 8 The End of the Enlightenment Final Paper Academic Services ONLINE LIBRARY RESEARCH CENTER & LEARNING RESOURCES The Online Library Resource Center is available to enrolled students and faculty from inside the electronic campus. This is your starting point for access to online books, subscription periodicals, and Web resources that are designed to support your classes and generally not available through search engines on the open Web. In addition, the Center provides access to special learning resources, which the University has contracted to assist with your studies. Questions can be directed to Charles Town Library and Inter Library Loan: The University maintains a special library with a limited number of supporting volumes, collection of our professors publication, and services to search and borrow research books and articles from other libraries. Electronic Books: You can use the online library to uncover and download over 50,000 titles, which have been scanned and made available in electronic format. Electronic Journals: The University provides access to over 12,000 journals, which are available in electronic form and only through limited subscription services. is a tool to improve student research skills that also detect plagiarism. provides resources on developing topics and assignments that encourage and guide students in producing papers that are intellectually honest, original in thought, and clear in expression. This tool helps ensure a culture of adherence to the University's standards for intellectual honesty. also reviews students' papers for matches with Internet materials and with thousands of student papers in its database, and returns an Originality Report to instructors and/or students. Smarthinking: Students have access to 10 free hours of tutoring service per year through Smarthinking. Tutoring is available in the following subjects: math (basic math through advanced calculus), science (biology, chemistry, and physics), accounting, statistics, economics, Spanish, writing, grammar, and more. Additional information is located in the Online Research Center. From the ORC home page, click on either the Writing Center or Tutoring Center and then click Smarthinking. All login information is available.
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