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Philosophy

PHIL 322 Philosophical Issues in Feminism. (Section designation for Oxley) (Credit Hours: 3) This course explores and critically examines philosophical topics in feminist thought, with a particular emphasis on one or more of the following: feminist ethics, feminist epistemology, feminist political philosophy, and feminist philosophy of science. Issues may include the nature of feminist tehorizing and varities of feminist theories; feminist perspectives on the self and the social world; moral agency, knowledge, and reason, the family, motherhood, and sexuality; liberty, justice, and the state.

Students will learn about some of the central problems in gender studies such as sexuality, representations of gender in popular culture and media, reproduction, relationships and family, work, body image, interpersonal communication, and globalization. Students will then examine multiple ways of approaching these problems. Students will then design and engage in their own project addressing one of these issues on campus or in the community. Students spend 5-7 hours doing research on their own chosen topic; 5-7 hours planning and documenting how they will address their topic on campus or in the community in a project portfolio; 3-5 hours engaging in the activism project itself; 5-7 hours documenting and reflecting on their activism experience, which is collected in the portfolio. A 1 hour presentation of their experience will be given to their classmates using the documents contained in the portfolio. The portfolio will contain an orderly collection of materials used in the activism project: research articles, the rationale for the proposed project, photographs, letters, documentation of activism, and summary of student experience.

PHIL 333 Q* Doing Philosophy with Children (Credit Hours: 3) (Prerequisites: any PHIL course (except PHIL 110), or permission of the instructor) An exploration of methods for introducing philosophy to K-12 students and creating a “Community of Inquiry.” This course will focus on the theoretical background related to philosophy for children, the practical issues related to engaging children in philosophical discussion using children's literature, and the experience of facilitating philosophical discussions with area school children in after-school programs.

During the first ½ of the semester, students will engage in philosophical research, writing, presentations, and discussion. A central component of doing philosophy is becoming familiar with the literature, understanding key issues and arguments, and evaluating those issues and arguments. During the second ½ of the semester, students will conduct sessions of doing philosophy with children as part of the experiential learning component of the course. “IDEAS Club” [Inquiry, Discussion, and Enlightenment after School Club] sessions will be held at local elementary schools and at other after-school care facilities. Pairs of students will design and implement sessions for small groups of children to discuss philosophical questions and issues that arise in children’s storybooks.