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Course SummaryPhilosophy 101 has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging philosophy topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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At the end of this course, you'll be able to analyze approaches to philosophical thinking, major figures in philosophy, and logical and rational ways of thinking.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Define philosophy, identify branches of philosophy, and differentiate philosophy from religion.
- Identify major figures in philosophy and recognize their positions within various branches of philosophy.
- Identify types of fallacies and relate them to fallacies in philosophy.
- List categories of religious views, recognize major religious ideologies, and identify arguments for and against the existence of God.
- Compare and contrast free will and determinism.
- Identify prominent theories in metaphysics.
- Categorize approaches to ancient, modern, and contemporary epistemology.
- Differentiate values, morals, and ethics and recognize major theories of ethics.
- Identify philosophical theories related to science, politics, and social justice.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Philosophy 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by ACE.
- Complete Philosophy 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Philosophy 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Introduction to Philosophy & Logic||Defines philosophy, critical thinking and the Socratic method. Discusses the branches of philosophy, argument structure, inductive vs. deductive reasoning, Plato, Socrates and the role of argument in critical thinking.|
|Types of Fallacies||Shares definitions and descriptions of a variety of fallacies, including ad hominem, appeal to ignorance, equivocation, slippery slope, naturalistic, false dilemma and begging the question.|
|Free Will & Determinism||Explains free will and the metaphysics of causation. Details the works and views of Baron d'Holbach, William James, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Grimshaw and Simone de Beauvoir.|
|Self, Mind & Soul in Philosophy||Discusses personal identity, the mind-body problem, the immortal soul and views in Eastern philosophy on the existence and nature of the self. Provides perspectives of the self, mind and soul from Rene Descartes, John Locke, David Hume, Gilbert Ryle and other top philosophers.|
|God in Philosophy||Outlines arguments from William Paley, William James, Soren Kierkegaard, Bertrand Russell and others attempting to prove or disprove the existence of God.|
|Religion & Philosophy||Details the basics of religion, religious views, monotheism, polytheism and nontheism.|
|Reality in Philosophy||Describes perspectives on reality from Plato, Aristotle, Gottfried Leibniz and Bertrand Russell.|
|Philosophy in Science||Defines philosophy in science, and discusses Occam's razor, Locke's causal theory of perception, the scientific method and the philosophy of Blaise Pascal.|
|Intro to Epistemology||Covers the basics of epistemology, the true vs. metaphysics and how philosophy understands knowledge cross-culturally.|
|Ancient Epistemology||Explores pre-modern approaches to epistemology from Plato, Al-Farabi and the East. Defines and lists types of skepticism.|
|Modern Epistemology||Teaches modern epistemological approaches from George Berkeley, John Locke, David Hume, Descartes, Leibniz and Immanuel Kant.|
|Contemporary Epistemology||Discusses pragmatism, phenomenology, constructivism and African American and feminist approaches to epistemology.|
|Ethics||Defines values, morals, ethics and the divine command theory. Shares perspectives from Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, Marcus Aurelius and Immanuel Kant. Explains ethical subjectivism, relativism and absolutism.|
|Political Philosophy||Outlines political ideas from classical philosophers, political thinkers of the Enlightenment, Marxist theory, Confucianism, Plato's The Republic and Aristotle's political philosophy.|
|Philosophy & Social Justice||Details perspectives on social justice, communism, Marxism, women's rights, postmodernism and more from Plato, Aristotle, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Mary Wollstonecraft and bell hooks.|
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