PHIL 101 AMU Course Guidance American Military University
The course evaluates the main problems of philosophy and the traditional approaches used to resolve those problems. These philosophical problems are approached historically and conceptually – noting both their place in the history of ideas and their philosophical contributions to the field at large. Students are encouraged to examine their own views in light of the traditional approaches. Although students are never required to agree with any position expressed in this class, they are required to demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the ideas presented in the course content.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify historical beginnings of philosophy and contemporary positions concerning the nature of knowledge and reality;
2. Examine the relevance of language and logic to problems of knowledge and reality;
3. Distinguish the basic concepts of moral and political philosophy;
4. Evaluate arguments for and against the existence of God
5. Evaluate various approaches to the mind-body problem;
6. Evaluate various approaches to the problem of free will.
This course requires a time management plan and the self-discipline to follow it. You are responsible for managing your time, completing assignments on time, completing the readings, and making inquiries as needed to complete the course effectively. This is an 8-week course, which means the material must be learned in a short period of time. This requires dedication and diligence on the part of each student.
There are weekly assignments and assessments (Assignments, Forums, Tests & Quizzes). All assignments must be submitted by the end of the week (Sunday, 11:55 pm, ET) they are assigned unless otherwise noted. Each week in addition to the Required Reading, additional resources may be provided to offer you background information or further understanding the terminology as well as the material for the week. Each week you will be expected to read the Required Reading and review the additional resources. Websites: Feel free to explore other websites that may be helpful to getting your point across in the forums. However, please remember to properly cite each source.
Documents/Files: Please be sure to format all your documents in the MS Word .docx and should not be in PDF files for easy download. Our system does not recognize .wps file formats.
PowerPoints: Be sure to review any PowerPoint slide shows as provided for the course.
Media: Feel free to access and employ additional media or video files to assist with your forums, assignments, and to increase your general knowledge of our assigned topics.
Resources: You will want to be sure to provide in-text citations for the inclusion of all resources in order to avoid plagiarism. Research Guide page Please join the forums each week. Our weekly forums provide an area of conversation for us.
Each week, the initial forum response is due by Thursday at 11:55 p.m. EST and must be 250+ words in length.
For peer replies, respond to two of your classmates by Sunday at 11:55 p.m. EST and they must be 100+ words in length. Before you post, please thoroughly edit your writing to ensure it is professional and academic.
For more details about the initial post and peer replies are graded, see the attached grading rubric to the first forum. You can find your topics in the Assignment Information area. An in-depth explanation of the exact expectations are located under Assignments in the course space.
All work are to be in complete MLA format and written at the appropriate college level with citations, Works Cited, and grammatically correct.
For further assistance you can use the APUS library or OWL Purdue online.
Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals, I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment, please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution.
Work posted or submitted after the assignment due date will be reduced by 10% of the potential total score possible for each day late up to a total of five days, including forum posts/replies, quizzes, and assignments. Beginning on the sixth day late through the end of the course, late work, including forum posts/replies, quizzes, and assignments, will be accepted with a grade reduction of 50% of the potential total score earned.Online assignments are due by the date listed in the classroom 11:55 pm ET. While Distance Learning provides some flexibility in when you choose to conduct your studies, you are expected to follow the syllabus and turn in your assignments on time and on schedule.
IMPORTANT: Please note that any assignment submitted after the last day of class will not be counted toward your final grade – there will be no exceptions. It is your responsibility to ensure that all assignments are submitted on time. If you have requested and been approved for a formal 30 day course extension through the Registrar’s office, it is your responsibility to submit all assignments before the expiry of the extension.