Introduction to Philosophy

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Philosophy

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Overview of major philosophical figures and schools of thought. Discussion of the most influential philosophical answers to ‘big’ questions about reality, ourselves and our place in it. Examination of the relation of philosophy to other disciplines and its role in daily life.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course provides students with an understanding of the most fundamental philosophical questions and positions that have been greatly influential in Western thought. The knowledge gained in this course will give students a greater appreciation of questions raised in their particular field of specialization. Students will also acquire basic skills that will allow them to scrutinize theories and arguments in their respective disciplines. A valuable course for any student.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate understanding of different forms of argument and distinguish them from explanations, descriptions, illustrations and other conceptual tools of critical thinking. 
    2. Distinguish and classify different approaches, arguments and types of reasoning on issues in the history of philosophy or on contemporary discussions.
    3. Examine diverse worldviews, fundamental ideas, values and constitutive problems that have marked the history of philosophy. Contrast Plato’s and Aristotle’s views on Art and its effects on human life.
    4. Analyze and interpret passages from major philosophers, or views of contemporary writers.
    5. Define, analyze and utilize terms corresponding to major philosophical schools or concrete philosophical problems.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the learning and teaching strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Class lectures, using both primary as well as secondary sources; interactive learning (class discussions of basic philosophical themes and positions related to course contents).
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions, see their exam paper, and/or go over lecture 
    2 material.
    - Use of a Blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.
    - Use of library facilities: Students are encouraged to make use of library facilities for assignments, for further reading of recommended texts and for watching available videos on major philosophers.