Undergraduate Philosophy Electives

Spring 2019 Electives

3350 - Philosophy of the Environment

Instructor
Day
Time
Phil Major
Concentration
MCC Discovery Tier
Dr. Katherine Rickus
TTh 
 5-6 PM
 Ethics and Values, Science and Mind (Electives)
 

In this course we will explore the relationship between human beings and nature, and assess the impact humans have on the environment. The ethics of consumerism, climate change, and the treatment of animals will be important themes; and examples of contemporary environmental issues will be explored. This course counts as an elective for the Ethics and Values concentration in the Philosophy Major, but is also ideal for any student who wants to think more deeply about human interests and obligations in the natural world.

3390 - Latin American Philosophy

Instructor
Day
Time
Phil Major
Concentration
MCC Discovery Tier
Dr. Stephanie Rivera-Berruz
 TTh
11AM -12:15 PM
Hist*, Social, Political and Legal (Electives)
 

* If you wish to have this class count for an elective in this track, please contact the department at the beginning of the semester.


This course will introduce students to the rich philosophical tradition of Latin America and the Caribbean. With an eye toward social and political thought the course will consider debates about identity (national, racial, ethnic, gender) and politics, the lasting impacts of colonialism and imperialism on the development of thought, and the experience of hybrid cultural communities and their diasporas. Methodologically interdisciplinary, course readings will pull from different regions in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States and invite students to read and closely analyze primary texts in their historical context.

3450 - Epistemology

Instructor
Day
Time
Phil Major
Concentration
MCC Discovery Tier
Dr. Ericka Tucker
TTh 
2-3:15 PM
Major Requirement; Sci and Mind Elective
Cognition, Language, Memory, and Intelligence

Study of the sources, nature, structure, and extent of knowledge and justified belief. Among possible topics are skepticism, theories of perception, a priori knowledge, testimony as a source of knowledge, theories of truth, internalist and externalist theories of knowledge, the analysis of knowledge, and foundational and coherence theories of the structure of knowledge.

4000 - Modern Logic

Instructor
Day
Time
Phil Major
Concentration
MCC Discovery Tier
Dr. Noel Adams
MWF
1-1:50 PM
Major Requirement
 

Introduction to modern symbolic logic, with primary emphasis on translation into symbolic form and natural deduction. Propositional logic and predicate logic with identity are covered.

4320 - Contemporary Ethical Problems

Instructor
Day
Time
Phil Major
Concentration
MCC Discovery Tier
Dr. John Jones
MW
3:30-4:45 PM
Ethics and Values Elective
Basic Needs and Justice

We will focus on how the interplay between basic needs and justice bears on various contemporary moral problems. During the first part of the semester, we will explore fundamental questions about needs and justice: What are needs? What are basic needs? How do we distinguish basic needs from other sorts of needs? Are some basic needs more basic than other basic needs? Are needs universal and transcultural or bound to cultural conditions?  Is ‘meeting human needs’ relevant for just distributions of goods and services. Do people have any rights to have their needs met? Do we have any moral obligation to meet peoples’ needs? Which needs: some needs, all needs, basic needs?

Lots and lots of questions with NO easy answers. During the second part of the semester, we will apply concepts of basic needs and justice to selected moral problems: e.g. social welfare/poverty (globally and locally); distribution of health care, as well as problems of interest to members of the class.

4330 - Business Ethics

Instructor
Day
Time
Phil Major
Concentration
MCC Discovery Tier
Dr. Kevin Gibson
TTh
12:30-1:45 PM

OR

3:30-4:45 PM
 
Ethics and Values Elective
Basic Needs and Justice

An application of theories of ethics to the moral dimensions of business endeavors and their effects on individuals, organizations, and society. Selected topics may include issues of responsibility, discrimination and affirmative action in the workplace, whistle blowing, economic justice, environmental impact, and the effects of the "global economy."

4335 - Biomedical Ethics

Instructor
Day
Time
Phil Major
Concentration
MCC Discovery Tier
Dr. Desiree Valentine 
MW
2-3:15 PM
Ethics and Values; Sci and Mind Electives
Basic Needs and Justice

This course introduces students to the field of bioethics and explores questions related to clinical medical practice. We will explore both analytic and continental philosophical approaches to understanding health, well-being, disability, death and dying, disease, and more. The course is designed to introduce students to a range of topics that make up the field, such as human functioning, human enhancement, patient and provider autonomy, sex and reproduction, palliative care, and death and dying.

4931 - 101 Topics in Philosophy: Narrating Freedom: Gender and Mass Incarceration

Instructor
Day
Time
Phil Major
Concentration
MCC Discovery Tier
Drs. Theresa Tobin and Jennifer Marra
T
9-11:40 AM
Soc, Pol, and Legal Elective*
 

* If you wish to have this class count for an elective in this track, please contact the department at the beginning of the semester.


This course approaches some traditional philosophical questions in an experiential and interdisciplinary way. The course aims at raising questions regarding institutional forms of oppression and exploring different forms of freedom and resistance. We will explore oppression and freedom from the social positions we live. These include whether and how social identities are biologically determined, how social identities condition freedom, and how social identities relate to society and communities. We will look at these questions through the lens of institutionalization and incarceration. We hope that the course will serve to disrupt institutional boundaries and to generate new forms of knowledge.

4931 - 102 Topics in Philosophy: Topics in Cognitive Science

Instructor Day Time Phil Major Concentration MCC Discovery Tier
 Dr. Corinne Bloch-Mullins MW 3:30-4:45 PM Sci and Mind Elective*  

* If you wish to have this class count for an elective in this track, please contact the department at the beginning of the semester.


How do we acquire and integrate information about the world? Do our beliefs affect the way in which we perceive the world? Is the mind like a computer? These are some of the central questions that cognitive science aims to answer.

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind using theories and methods from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, anthropology, computer science, and artificial intelligence. Students will become familiar with foundational issues as well as some of the current debates about various aspects of cognition, such as perception, emotion, conceptualization, and embodied cognition.


Additional Information

If you are trying to register for a section that is closed, first look through CheckMarq to see if another section is open and will fit your schedule. Because all of our sections of PHIL 1001 (Foundations in Philosophy) and PHIL 2310 (Theory of Ethics) have been hard capped for fall, we will be unable to accept urgent requests UNLESS you are a senior who will be graduating in December.