2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

PHIL - Philosophy
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
PHIL 151Introduction To Philosophy3.00
Philosophy concerns some of the most fundamental questions: Why do human beings exist? Does everything have a cause? Can you think without language? What does it mean to live a good life? What is the nature of freedom? Are humans truly free? We will consider these questions and more through exploring perspectives from around the globe, from the ancient to the contemporary.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 160Philosophy and Film3.00
In this course we will view films with philosophical themes and pair them with readings that help us to consider those themes more deeply. Readings will be at the introductory level; and films will include everything from the artsy to the absurd.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHIL 189Philosophy Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 211Contemporary Moral Problems3.00
Are all acts inherently selfish? Should everyone follow the same moral laws? Do we need God to tell us how to behave? Why should we be good and what does that even mean? Should all living creatures be treated equally? In this course we will entertain questions like these as we apply moral theories to a selection of contemporary issues (for example, human rights, environmental ethics, the global sex trade, the death penalty). A key concern will be our ethical responsibilities in the diverse contemporary global theater. Offered on-line only.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
PHIL 212Critical Thinking3.00
The central objective of this course is to help students understand a diverse array of critical thinking styles. This course emphasizes that the type of thinking one applies depends heavily on one’s objective, cultural context, and personal style. These goals will be addressed through a series of modules, each one demonstrating different methods of engaging with ideas to determine their value, falsity, and/or truth. Students will be exposed to methods of reasoning in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. Students will be required: to reflect on their own decision-making process; to identify, evaluate and apply diverse perspectives; to connect and contrast different worldviews; and understand the historical sources of, and to demonstrate openness to, dissimilar worldviews. Cross-listed PHIL/PSYC 212.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHIL 250The Philosophy of Children3.00
In this course, we will consider children and childhood through a philosophical lens, as well as exploring the manner in which children themselves think about philosophical concerns such as ethics, politics, spirituality, dreaming, time and the nature of reality. Childhood will be explored as a culturally-constructed phenomenon. Specific topics will vary but include some of the following: gender, race, national and class differences; children’s work and labor; children’s rights; children’s play, art and literature; and education. This is an excellent course for students going into education, psychology, counseling, or social work.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
PHIL 255Environmental Ethics3.00
This course explores different ethical and philosophical approaches to human-environment relations, and their implications for long-term ecological sustainability. Topics include wilderness, climate ethics and politics, food ethics, individual vs. collective action, indigenous relationships to the land, pets, and consumption.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
PHIL 262Introduction to Political Thought3.00
This course exposes students to some of the classic pieces in this field of political theory and teaches them how to work with theoretical and philosophical texts that continue to shape, inform, and challenge the analysis of current political phenomena today. Through these texts, the course introduces questions about the nature of human beings, the roots of government authority, the best regime, and the circumstances of legitimate revolution as well as ideals such as liberty, equality, rights, and justice. Cross-listed as PHIL/POLS 262.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 289Philosophy Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 300History and Philosophy of Science3.00
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 PHIL/PHYS 300.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
PHIL 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the 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. Also, for specific degree requirements, please consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHIL 330Social Justice3.00
Students will investigate what it means to be concerned with social justice, and how to motivate oneself and others to make desired social change. Central concerns will include: identifying and addressing inequalities of power, self-reflection regarding one’s social location, non-hierarchical organizations, and recognizing the value of diversity. This course will be relevant to those with interests in a variety of careers including: education, social work, non-profits, government, and community activism.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 340Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy)3.00
In this course we will read philosophers who are concerned with our liberation from inherited, imprisoning belief systems. As such, special attention will be given to the philosophical question of freedom, its limits, and its use as a basis for rationality, morality, and politics. This course will focus primarily on philosophers from the Enlightenment (Kant) through German Idealism (Hegel) Schelling, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx and Husserl.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of any 100 or 200 level PHIL course or POLS 262, or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
PHIL 350The Self-Unconcealed (20th Century Philosophy)3.00
"Know thyself" seems like good advice. But what does it mean to know yourself? Aren't some aspects of ourselves hidden from us? Do others know us in ways that we can never know ourselves? This course is an exploration of (mostly 20th Century Continental) philosophers notions of the self/subjectivity. Interestingly, they consider the self as something fundamentally concealed/hidden/absent from oneself. Our ongoing question will be; how can we have any self-knowledge in light of these ideas? Philosophers we will consider may include: Husserl, Sartre, Levinas, and Derrida.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of any 100 or 200 level PHIL course or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
PHIL 351Selected Topics3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHIL 365Philosophy of Love and Sex3.00
In this course we will begin with the assumption that love and sex cannot be reduced to "a commotion of one's anatomy." Instead we will consider them as two of the most meaningful aspects of human existence, as our most intimate and profound ways of relating to others and to ourselves. Cross-listed as PHIL/GST 365.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 389Philosophy Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 459Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering3.00
This course will explore pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering from two perspectives-the embodied experience of women and its political-social context. We will consider how women's firsthand experiences of motherhood are responses to a broader social milieu. This approach will enable us to think about a variety of philosophical themes and questions with regard to our topic including: philosophical method, embodiment, sex and gender, the origins of ethics, moral obligation, virtue, moral luck, intersubjectivity, and oppression. Cross-listed as PHIL/GST 459.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
PHIL 489Philosophy Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 490Independent Study1.00 - 3.00
Individually supervised reading and study of a topic or problem of student interest. A paper is required.
Prerequisites:
Consent of cooperating Instructor and Department Chair.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms