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Please Note: Courses effective Fall 2014; for earlier terms, please refer to the appropriate class schedule.

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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

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Philosophy

PHL105 - Logic
Course studies principles of correct reasoning. Topics include analyzing structure of arguments, evaluating both inductive and deductive arguments, and recognizing common errors in reasoning. Focus is on providing tools to criticallyevaluate persuasive language encountered in everyday life, in mass media, and in academic texts.IAI H4 906
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 906

PHL106 - Ethics
Course studies meaning, value, and moral responsibility in human life. Topics include examination of at least four conflicting theories about what constitutes moral conduct and social justice; application of these theories to individual moraldilemmas and to contemporary social issues such as world hunger or the environmental crisis.IAI H4 904
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 904

PHL107 - Business Ethics
Course investigates moral issues which arise in the conduct of business, marketing and advertising. Of value for business students and consumers. Topics include corporate responsibility and social justice, conflicts of interest, environmental issues, problems of discrimination, and the rights of employees and consumers. Students cannot get credit for both PHL 107 and BUS 107.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL170 - Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Course provides a philosophical analysis of fundamental concepts in science. Focus is on the scientific method, the nature of scientific claims, inductive generalization, statistical probability and the history and development of science.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL180 - Medical Ethics
Course uses ethical theories to investigate moral problems in medicine and health care delivery. Of value to both health care professionals and humanities students. Topics include patients’ rights, professional obligations of physicians andnurses, euthanasia, genetics and reproduction, experimentation on human subjects, and the right to health care.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL201 - Environmental Ethics
Course studies meaning, value, and moral responsibility in relationship to the environment. Topics include examination of at least four conflicting theories about what constitutes an adequate environmental ethic, and the application of these theories to environmental issues such as climate change, environmental racism, and wilderness preservation.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL204 - Environmental Ethics
Course studies meaning, value, and moral responsibility in relationshio to the environment. Topics include examination of at least four conflicting theories about what constitutes an adequate environmental ethic, and the application of these theories to environmental issues such as climate change, environmental racism, and wilderness preservation.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL205 - World Religions
Course uses global perspective to introduce philosophies, traditions, and histories of major world religions. Topics include at least six ofthe following religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto, the indigenous religions of North America, Africa, or pre-Christian Europe.IAI H5 904N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H5 904N

PHL215 - Asian Philosophy
Course introduces selected philosophical themes from historical and contemporary sources based in one or more of the following broad traditions: Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Islamic, Jewish, Southeast Asian. IAI H4 903N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 0; lab: 3)
IAI Code: H4 903N

PHL230 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Course gives historical overview of philosophical inquiry from pre-Socratic philosophers, through classic works of Plato and Aristotle, and on to works of medieval philosophers such as Avicenna, Averroes, Maimonides, and Aquinas.IAI H4 901
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 901

PHL231 - Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Course examines last 350 years of Western philosophy. Topics include works of at least five major philosophers such as Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, James, Sartre, Rawls, Foucault, De Beauvoir, and Habermas. Contentincludes philosophical ideas about the nature of reality, knowledge, morality, and social justice.IAI H4 902
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 902

PHL240 - Philosophy of Religion
Course critically examines various aspects of religious experience and related theological concepts and theories. Topics include relationship between myth and religion; structure and meaning of worship; arguments for and against God’s existence, and relevance of modern science to religious belief.IAI H4 905
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 905

PHL245 - Foundational Religious Texts
Course studies one or more of foundational documents of world’s major religions, from humanistic viewpoint. Documents studies may include the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Qur’an (Koran), or the Vedas. Course can be repeated once.IAI H5 901
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H5 901

PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy
Course explores selected topics in philosophy. Topics included vary, with focus on a single philosopher, group of philosophers, or particular philosophical problem. Course may be repeated up to three times for up to nine credits.Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 0)

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