This is the culminating course for Philosophy majors. Each seminar is based upon a specific philosophical issue which is studied in depth. Each student researches, writes and presents a research paper. A grade of 'C' or higher is required. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
The substantive readings for the course will vary depending on topic, but at least some of them should come from contemporary journal articles in the area under study.
Students might also be encouraged to consult reference works, e.g.,
Studying Philosophy: A Guide for the Perplexed
By Arthur, John (Prentice Hall) Recommended
The Philosophy Student Writer’s Manual
By Graybosch, Anthony J., Gregory M. Scott, & Stephen M. Garrison (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Student critically evaluates philosophical arguments for soundness and validity.
Student formulates sound and valid philosophical arguments.
Student critically analyzes philosophical arguments, issues, and problems.
Student draws upon a broad familiarity and understanding of philosophical literature in order to pose compelling philosophical questions.
Student cogently expresses both philosophical problems and plausible solutions in accord with best philosophical practices.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Each student will prepare a well-researched article complying with best philosophical practices. He or she will present this article to faculty and students and respond to questions and criticisms.
The basic structure of the course:
Formalize and criticize arguments in literature
Construct paper responding to problems and presenting original view.
Present and defend this paper at conference.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.