PHIL-130: Introduction to Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Philosophy
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

An introduction to the perennial problems that have occupied philosophers primarily in the Western tradition, including appearance vs. reality, the mind/body problem, free will vs. determinism, the nature of morality, the existence of God, and the justification of political power.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the major questions and problems that have arisen in the discipline of philosophy, and various attempts to answer these questions and solve these problems, and to cultivate an ability to evaluate the various arguments given by influential philosophers concerning these questions and problems.

Core Course Topics
  1. Definition and branches of philosophy
  2. Influential philosophers
  3. Appearance vs. reality
  4. Mind/body problem
  5. Free will vs. determinism
  6. Existence of God
  7. Nature of morality
  8. Nature and justification of political power
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Define philosophy and its various branches.
  2. Identify the major problems and questions that have occupied philosophers in the Western tradition (appearance vs. reality, mind/body problem, free will vs. determinism, the existence of God, nature of morality, nature and justification of political power).
  3. Explain various attempts to solve the major problems in the Western philosophical tradition.
  4. Evaluate the arguments given by influential philosophers and schools of thought concerning the major problems of philosophy.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor. Assessment methods include but are not limited to quizzes, exams, writing assignments, and group projects.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022