PHIL-137: Topics in Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Topics in 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

A non-historical approach to philosophy for serious students interested in the professions or for professionals interested in focusing on topics of professional or personal significance. Section offerings are sufficiently diverse to acquaint serious students or professionals with the extensive scope of philosophy. Diverse areas such as philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, aesthetics, philosophy of law, business ethics, biomedical ethics, philosophy of language, etc. may be the current topic offered that semester. Topics vary each semester and with each instructor.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course is to go deeper and in more detail into specific problems in philosophy. The student will cover more original text from philosophers and develop an understanding of the complexities of philosophical reasoning.

Core Course Topics
  1. Topics will vary with the specific topic covered that semester.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Define philosophy and its various branches.
  2. Describe the issues involved in the philosophical problem.
  3. Express the major positions taken by people in the field on this problem.
  4. Relate various examples and real-life scenarios to the philosophical problem.
  5. Express and evaluate arguments concerning the issues involved in the philosophical problem.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.


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

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

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