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Philosophy (PHIL)


151 Introduction to Philosophy (3) Introduction to ethics, political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics through study of selected writings of classical and modern philosophers. F08, S09, F09, S10


175 Philosophy of Religion (3) Examination of the religious dimension of human experience. Topics include the nature of religion as an aspect of human experience, an introductory study of the major religious traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and others), and traditional philosophical problems, such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the possibility of immortality. S09, S10


201 Politics of Sexuality (3) Modern people and the politics of their ways of life. Students investigate how social practices, legal protections and moral philosophy intersect with one another to produce political action and vice versa. Designed for students who think about both the way we live and the way we make sense of how we live. Focuses on the area of sexual politics, with specific focus on the legal protections extended to gay and lesbian people by governments and municipalities throughout the United States, with particular focus on Wisconsin and Minnesota. Cross-listed at WST 201. S10


211 Contemporary Moral Problems (3) Introductory course in social ethics examining a variety of ethical problems and social policy questions debated in American society today. Discussions explore topics such as sexual morality, capital punishment, euthanasia and infanticide, racial and sexual discrimination, and problems of censorship in a democratic society. Special attention given to the nature and logical structure of moral argument. F08, F09


212 Critical Thinking (3) Basic elements and common patterns of argument. Inductive and deductive modes of thought are explored with emphasis on the concepts and principles of correct reasoning. Designed to assist students to understand and evaluate ordinary arguments and to develop skills in constructing arguments in the spoken and written word. Cross-listed as PSYC 212. F08, F09


214 Elementary Symbolic Logic (3) Introduction to logic that presupposes no previous study of logic. Students learn to recognize common patterns of reasoning and how to determine the validity or invalidity of those patterns. S10


262 Introduction to Political Theory (3) What rules and institutions should govern human social existence? Introduces students to basic issues in political theory through consideration of a particular position or topic of current importance. Cross-listed as POLS 262. F08, F09


300 History and Philosophy of Science (3) Examines the nature of science, the history of science, and the nature and history of the impact of science on human life and thought. Provides some understanding of the methods of science, the difference between science and pseudo science, the political and ideological uses of science, and the moral responsibilities of scientists and science educators. Cross-listed as PHYS 300. S09, S10


301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different.


303 Environmental Law and Regulation (3) Explores the ethics of and inter-relationships between environmental issues and governmental action, as well as conversation, preservation and management of natural resources through public policy relation to government and the role of morality and legislation in matters of individual choice. Cross-listed as LSTU 303/503, POLS 303. F08, S09, F09, S10


351 Selected Topics (3) In-depth study of a particular problem, philosopher or period of current interest. May be repeated for up to nine credits provided topics are different. F08, F09


354 Introduction to Jurisprudence (3) History of philosophical consideration of law, its means and ends; focus on special problems in contemporary legal philosophy such as conflicting theories of punishment, the natural law/positivist debate, individual rights in relation to government and the role of morality and legislation in matters of individual choice. Cross-listed as LSTU 354; POLS 354/554. F08, F10


454 History of Political Thought, Part I (3) History of political thought from Plato to Thomas Aquinas. Cross-listed as POLS 454. F08, F09


455 History of Political Thought, Part II (3) Survey of political thought from Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes to contemporary political theorists. Cross-listed as POLS 455. S09, S10


456 Feminist Theory and Action (3) Seminar course providing a deeper look at feminist thought, building on the introduction provided in WST 150. Through readings and films, examines conversations, controversies, and connections among a range of feminist thinkers. Students explore the intersections of feminist thought and action, reading a variety of calls to action and articulating their own. Prerequisites: WST 150 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as WST 456. F08


490/690 Independent Study (1-3) Individually supervised reading and study of a topic or problem of student interest. A paper is required. Prior permission of instructor required. Offered every term on demand and with permission of instructor.