INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY                 MODULE OVERVIEWS                                             Click on the module title for an overview of that module and what is expected of you.

MODULE  0 ORIENTATION

MODULE 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE

MODULE 2 The Greeks

MODULE 3 Philosophy of Religion

MODULE 4 Metaphysics and Epistemology

MODULE : MID COURSE EVALUATIONS AND CHANGES

MODULE 5 The Mind-Body Problem and Freedom and Determinism

MODULE 6 Ethics

MODULE 7 Social and Political Philosophy

MODULE 8 What is Philosophy?

MODULE : CULMINATING ACTIVITY: BONUS EXERCISE

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MODULE  0 ORIENTATION

Module Overview:

This is a module in which you are to read over all the COURSE INFORMATION documents and gain an understanding of how the course is structured and what is expected of you.

Module Learning Objectives:

A. An understanding of the COURSE OUTLINE INFORMATION Materials

B. Knowledge of the Course Requirements

C. Practice with the course program for discussions

D. Practice with the course program with submitting an assignment.

Readings: COURSE OUTLINE  INFORMATION Documents

Assignments: PRACTICE ONLY  TEN STEPS BELOW !!!

Discussions: Concerning course requirements

ASSIGNMENTS: ORIENTATION WEEK
For this first week you are expected to do the following TEN things! Yes TEN (10):

1. Read all the documents in the
COURSE OUTLINE INFORMATION Section of the Course.

2. Print out the Calendar - under COURSE OUTLINE INFORMATION ! Look for the Schedule!.

3.
Read the Student Manual- under TOOLS

4. Introduce yourself to your classmates under the


DISCUSSION BOARD- INTRODUCTIONS

This is an area for you to introduce yourself to the class and where you can go to meet the others that are in this course.

Post an item to start a discussion, or read other students' responses if there are any, and make a response.

You will find my profile by clicking the Staff Information button in the Opening of the Course. Check this area to meet the others in this course. Since profiles will be posted as people join the course for the first time, you may have to return to this area several times to see the latest entries.


5.
Create you HOMEPAGE- under TOOLS

EDIT YOUR HOMEPAGE.

Your profile will help us get to know each other and begin to build a sense of class community, so please feel free to personalize your profile and add a link to your favorite web site, or attach a digital image of yourself.


STEP SIX (6) -COPY and PASTE PRACTICE. Create a question or answer in a word processor and copy and paste it into the DISCUSSION BOARD under ASK THE PROFESSOR
Go to the area marked COMMUNICATION and then click on Discussion Board. Select an item under ASK the PROFESSOR to which you wish to reply. Then minimize the internet browser (IE) and open the word processor WORD or some other that you use. Keyboard your response or question for the discussion. Copy and paste all the material there into the space for discussion concerning the first discussion item that you selected and then submit it.

REMEMBER to SPELL CHECK FIRST!!


STEP SEVEN (7) -ATTACHMENT PRACTICE
STEP SEVEN (7) -ATTACHMENT PRACTICE
ATTACHMENT PRACTICE


Prepare a word processed document with the contents described below and then send it to the Professor through the DROP BOX feature of the Course Program.


1. What is Written Assignment Number Five(5) for Module Five? Copy and paste it into the document.

2. When is written assignment Seven(7) due?

3. What must you do to get the maximum number of points for the discussions in each of the eight modules?

After Answering all three , save your file (document) as a WORD or a  DOC or TXT file.


Then send the EMAIL  ppecorino@qcc.cuny.edu   Do not send attachments!!!   Copy and paste your text from the word processor directly into the message window of the email. 

In the subject line put: first name , last name, class number SS620 , section, assignment#

After an assignment has been received, it will be graded and the feedback shared with you either by E-mail or by the use of an on-line gradebook
or grade page.

8. Have some fun clicking on the buttons and learning about thus new medium.

When is this DUE??????


9.
Check the Calendar under COURSE INFORMATION !

Look for the Schedule!  CALENDAR

10. GO to the STUDENT CAFÉ.

This is a discussion area for our class outside the context of a particular course module. Just as you have the opportunity to talk or chat with each other or with the instructor when taking a conventional classroom course, you should also have the opportunity to do the same in a web course. The STUDENT CAFÉ is available only to students enrolled in this class to post and/or read messages and respond. These can include questions or comments to other students about course material, assignments, readings, etc. It is also a place where you can go to socialize and have open discussion on subjects of your interests.

You will find the STUDENT CAFE in the DISCUSSION BOARD section of the Course.

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 MODULE 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE

Module Overview: Assignments include:

Reading the material

Participating in the discussions-that means reading what you fellow students have to say about the questions or posting a question

Sending a paper to the instructor-that means completing a written assignment and sending to the instructor in a manner that only the instructor shall see it.

Module Learning Objectives:

1. To become acquainted with the program

2. To learn about the process for interacting with the instructor and your fellow students

3. To learn a bit about what Philosophy is like and what to expect in the course

4. To learn about some of the major issues and why they are issues .

Readings:

You can begin reading in the Online Textbook READ Chapter One (1)

There is a copy of the online textbook for this course available at:  Online textbook and Second copy of Online Textbook

Assignments: CALENDAR
The first informal paper is due quickly. Doing it is fairly easy as it does not require any reading or research on your part and the answers are all subjective. "turning it in" requires you to learn a bit more about this program and how to send things to the instructor.

Discussions:  CALENDAR

Due Date: This module closes fairly quickly see >.CALENDAR

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MODULE 2 The Greeks

Module Overview:

In this module we shall be examining the rise of Philosophy in the West. We shall consider how Philosophy emerges out of and against a cultural milieu. The historical background for the contributions of Socrates and Plato is needed to appreciate the significance of their creations and the relevance of their thought for contemporary minds.

Module Learning Objectives:

1. To have an understanding of Greek Culture at the time of Socrates and Plato, in so far as the mode of thought concerning key issues.

2. To develop an appreciation for the conditions out of which Philosophy arises.

3. To understand the contribution made by Socrates to the human community

4. To understand the significance and value of the Platonic Invention and tradition of thought

5. To understand the nature of the Philosophical Process: rational thought in dialectical process of inquiry.

Readings:   Online textbook : Chapter Two (2)  Online textbook  and another copy at Second copy of Online Textbook

and/or Textbook: Louis P. Pojman, Philosophical Traditions see Chapter 3 , Chapter 4 , Chapter 5 , Chapter 6

Assignments: CALENDAR

Discussions:  CALENDAR

Due Date: This module closes after several weeks. Do NOT FALL BEHIND

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MODULE 3 Philosophy of Religion

Module Overview:

Module Learning Objectives:

Readings:   Online textbook : Chapter 3  Online textbook  and another copy at Second copy of Online Textbook

and/or Textbook: Louis P. Pojman, Philosophical Traditions see

Chapter 7 , Chapter 8 , Chapter 9 , Chapter 10 , Chapter 11 , Chapter 12 , Optional

Assignments: CALENDAR  The third written assignment requires you to begin doing a little philosophy. You will be challenged to understand the materials. Check out what is required and keep it in mind as you go through the readings .

Discussions:  CALENDAR

Due Date: This module closes after one week. Do NOT FALL BEHIND

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MODULE 4 Metaphysics and Epistemology

Module Overview:

Module Learning Objectives:

Readings:   Online textbook : Chapter 4 and 5 Online textbook  and another copy at Second copy of Online Textbook

and/or Textbook: Louis P. Pojman, Philosophical Traditions  Chapter 13 , Chapter 14 , Chapter 15 , Chapter 16

Assignments: CALENDAR
The Fourth written assignment requires you to begin doing a little philosophy. You will be challenged to understand the materials. Check out what is required and keep it in mind as you go through the readings .

Discussions:CALENDAR

Due Date: This module closes after two weeks. Do NOT FALL BEHIND

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MODULE:  MID COURSE EVALUATIONS AND CHANGES

Module Overview:

A week to take stock. A week for a small rest. A week to give you an opportunity to revise papers and to revise the approach to the course as well as an attempt to improve the learner's performance and final grade.

Evaluations of the course , the subject matter and student performance will take place during this module.

Module Learning Objective:

Students will discuss what problems they are encountering with the course and make suggestions as to how to improve the course and their performance in the course.

Students will become more aware of what is required to do well in the course.

Readings:  None

Assignments:  None

Discussions: Several. 

They are the only feature of this module.  BE SURE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSIONS!!  We can help one another get more out of this course if we do.
 

Assignments: CALENDAR

Discussions:  CALENDAR

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MODULE 5 The Mind-Body Problem & Freedom and Determinism

Module Overview:

Module Learning Objective:

Students will learn about two of the most troublesome issues in Philosophy

Readings:   Online textbook : Chapter 6 and 7  Online textbook  and another copy at Second copy of Online Textbook

and/or Textbook: Louis P. Pojman, Philosophical Traditions see

MIND BODY PROBLEM : Chapter 17 , Chapter 18 , Chapter 19 , Chapter 20 ,

FREEDOM and DETERMINISM: Chapter 22 , Chapter 23 , Chapter 24 , Chapter 36 , Chapter 37

Assignments: CALENDAR The Fifth written assignment requires you to begin doing a little philosophy. You will be challenged to understand the materials. Check out what is required and keep it in mind as you go through the readings .

Discussions:  CALENDAR

Due Date: This module closes in two weeks see >.CALENDAR

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MODULE 6 Ethics

Module Overview:

Units:

Module Learning Objectives:

Student will learn about:

Readings:   Online textbook : Chapter 8  Online textbook  and another copy at Second copy of Online Textbook

and/or Textbook: Louis P. Pojman, Philosophical Traditions Chapter 25 , Chapter 26 ,Chapter 27 , Chapter 28 , Chapter 29 , Chapter 30

Assignments: CALENDAR

Discussions:  CALENDAR

Due Date: This module closes in two weeks see >.CALENDAR

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MODULE 7 Social and Political Philosophy

Module Overview:

Module Learning Objectives:

Students should be able to describe the basic theories in Social and Political Philosophy and apply them to practices and controversies in contemporary society.

Readings:   Online textbook : Chapter 9 and 10  Online textbook  and another copy at Second copy of Online Textbook

and/or Textbook: Louis P. Pojman, Philosophical Traditions Chapter 31 , Chapter 32 , Chapter 33 , Chapter 34 , Chapter 35

Assignments: CALENDAR

Discussions:  CALENDAR

Due Date: This module closes fairly quickly see >.CALENDAR

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MODULE 8 What is Philosophy ?

Module Overview:

This is the concluding module. I shall offer some concluding remarks on the nature of Philosophy and I shall ask you to offer your thoughts on Philosophy and the course.

Module Learning Objectives:

The learner shall offer thoughts on the nature of the subject matter and its value.

The learner forms a critique of the learning experiences, which constitute the course. The learner offers constructive criticisms and suggestions for course improvement.

Readings:   Online textbook : Chapter 12  Online textbook  and another copy at Second copy of Online Textbook

Assignments: CALENDAR

Discussions:  CALENDAR

Due Date: This module closes fairly quickly see >.CALENDAR

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MODULE :    CULMINATING ACTIVITY: BONUS EXERCISE

Module Overview:

In this Culminating Activity module, you will complete a survey and enter into discussions that will provide feedback to the instructor to be used in the evaluation and revision of the course for the next time it is taught.

Module Learning Objectives:

The objective is to provide valuable feedback to the instructor.

Readings: none

Assignments: CALENDAR

Discussions:  CALENDAR

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