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Course Description

Schoolcraft is excited to offer traditional credit face-to-face, hybrid, online, and remote classes for Fall 2020 while providing students a safe experience based on recent COVID-19 concerns.

Please see the COVID-19 web page to learn more. Keep checking the schedule for additions on our New, Added, and Late Starting Courses web page.

Philosophy - PHIL 243

An Introduction to Philosophy

3 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours

Course Description

Designed to familiarize the student with philosophy as a foundation for life, this course provides an introduction to questions in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy and the philosophy of religion. Classical and modern philosophers from Western, Asian, African and Native American traditions are presented. Critical thinking and an application of theory to contemporary issues are emphasized.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the roles, aims, and divisions of philosophy with a view as to how they shape life decisions and directions.
  • Apply a critical thinking process to the student's positions on issues.
  • Evaluate the issues with which the student is confronted.
  • Identify some of the age- old philosophical questions and the responses of major philosophical figures to these questions.
  • Identify the contributions of feminist philosophy as well as the philosophies of Eastern, African and Native American cultures.
  • Assess the philosophical base for positions and development on a variety of personal and societal norms, values and political structures.
  • Explain how one's metaphysical and epistemological framework affects the positions a person takes on a variety of life issues.
  • Analyze various classic philosophical views and arguments.
  • Relate various classic philosophical views to modern day issues.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2020; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/22/2020

 243141903Intro PhilosophyRMT3Huston M1/24/0Open$12.00M W  12:00 PM-01:40 PM WEBWEB
 243141905Intro PhilosophyRMT3Fick D6/24/0Open$12.00T R  01:00 PM-02:40 PM WEBWEB
 243142407Intro PhilosophyONL3Huston M2/31/0Open$12.00 
 243142976Intro PhilosophyONL3Fick D5/31/0Open$12.00 

Fall; 2020; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/31/2020

 243141902Intro PhilosophyRMT3Huston M10/24/0Open$12.00M  09:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
 243141904Intro PhilosophyRMT3Michael Nelson23/24/0Open$12.00W  08:00 AM-10:54 AM WEBWEB
 243142917Intro PhilosophyONL3Huston M2/31/0Open$12.00 

Winter; 2021; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 03/16/2021

 243112937Intro PhilosophyONL3Fick D31/31/0Open$12.00 
 243112941Intro PhilosophyONL3Fick D31/31/0Open$12.00 

Winter; 2021; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 02/02/2021

 243111953Intro PhilosophyRMT3Browne G31/31/0Open$12.00M  06:00 PM-09:38 PM WEBWEB
 243112433Intro PhilosophyONL3Fick D31/31/0Open$12.00 

Winter; 2021; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2021

 243111900Intro PhilosophyRMT3Huston M31/31/0Open$12.00M W  01:30 PM-02:50 PM WEBWEB
 243111901Intro PhilosophyRMT3Huston M31/31/0Open$12.00T R  08:00 AM-09:20 AM WEBWEB
 243111902Intro PhilosophyRMT3Fick D31/31/0Open$12.00T R  03:00 PM-04:26 PM WEBWEB
 243112431Intro PhilosophyONL3Huston M31/31/0Open$12.00 

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday