problems of philosophy and its methods of inquiry, analysis and criticism.
Works of important philosophers are read.
PHIL U201. History of Ancient Philosophy (3) Introduction to the
development of philosophy in the ancient world.
PHIL U202. History of Modern Philosophy (3) Introduction to the
development of post-Renaissance philosophy with primary emphasis on
the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
PHIL U211. Contemporary Moral Issues (3) Moral issues confronting
men and women in contemporary society. Topics vary but may include
discussion of problems related to abortion, drugs, euthanasia, war, social
engineering, and punishment of criminals.
PHIL U309. Philosophy of Mind (3) A study of traditional problems pertaining
to understanding the concept of mind, for example, the mind-body
relation, personal identity, and theories of consciousness.
PHIL U311. Ethics (3) The moral principles of conduct and the basic concepts
underlying these principles, such as good, evil, right, wrong, justice,
value, duty and obligation. The ethical works of influential philosophers are
analyzed in terms of these concepts.
PHIL U319. Epistemology (3) The nature and foundations of knowledge
with consideration of skepticism and problems of perception.
PHIL U321. Ethics of Computer and Information Technology (3)
Moral issues raised by the use of computer and information technology.
Topics include privacy, property rights, freedom of expression, and social
justice. Prerequisite: Junior level standing or permission of the instructor.
PHIL U390. Topics in Philosophy (3) Selected topics in philosophy,
planned around areas of interest. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or
consent of instructor.
PHYS U101. Introduction to Physical Science (3) Introduction to the
concepts, ideas, and methods of physical science with emphasis on the
principles of classical and modern physics and chemistry. Prerequisite:
MATH U120 or higher, except statistics or higher placement in MATH.
PHYS U101L. Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory (1) Experiments,
exercises, and demonstrations to accompany PHYS U101. Prerequisite
or corequisite: PHYS U101.
PHYS U201, U202. General Physics I & II (4,4) Mechanics, heat, sound,
wave motion, electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics. Three class,
one recitation, and two laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite for U201:
MATH U127 or consent of instructor. No previous background in physics is
assumed. Prerequisite for U202: PHYS U201.
PHYS U211, U212. Essentials of Physics I & II (4,4) Mechanics, heat,
wave motion, electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics taught from
a calculus level. Three class, one recitation, and two laboratory hours per
week. Prerequisite or corequisite for U211: MATH U142. Prerequisite for
U212: PHYS U211.
PLAW U101. Introduction to Pre-Law (1) The basics of law, preparing
for the LSAT, the realities of law school and life as a lawyer. Pass/fail credit.
PLAW U355. Pre-law Studies Abroad (3). Travel and field study in selected
regions outside the United States with emphasis on legal and judicial institutions.
The course may be repeated as long as location/content are different.
PLAW U495. Pre-Law Internship (3) Supervised work experience in a legal
environment. A minimum of 9 hours per week of work. Students are required
to meet periodically with the supervising faculty member. Pass/fail credit.
POLITICAL SCIENCE (POLI)
POLI U101. American National Government (3) The formation and
development of the national government, its organization and powers.
POLI U210. Research Methods in Political Science (3) Various approaches
to the rigorous study of political phenomena. The emphasis is upon the critical
thinking and evaluative skills necessary to the understanding of politics.
Among the techniques to be considered are surveys, charts and graphs, case
studies, and statistical summaries.
POLI U238. Fundamentals of Political Behavior (3) Interpretation of
the basic concepts relative to American political behavior. Focus on political
ideology, political culture, including political socialization, and both individual
and group political behavior.
POLI U300. Introduction to Political Theory (3) A survey of various
concepts in western political philosophy such as political obligation, freedom,
equality, justice, rights, authority, and power.
POLI U310. International Politics (3) An introduction to the basic factors
influencing nation-state behavior in the world: the nation-state system,
nationalism and imperialism, national power, and the present world crisis.
The role of the United States in the world community is emphasized.
POLI U312. Race and Ethnicity in American Politics (3) Impact of race
and ethnicity on political participation, representation, institutions, and the
evolution of public policy.
POLI U314. Armed Forces & Society (3) Interdisciplinary approach to
military-social relations in the United States with emphasis on the powers
of civilian political leaders to wage war; the rise of the garrison state and
military-industrial complex; and past and present uses of the armed services
as a social laboratory to test and apply ideas about race, class, and gender.
(Cross listed with AMST U314).
POLI U320. Comparative Politics (3) An introduction to the analysis of the
major types of political systems utilizing examples drawn from democratic,
communist and underdeveloped nation-states. Problems, approaches and
methods associated with the comparative field are emphasized.
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