Course Number: PHS 450
Course Title: Philosophical Anthropology
Term: Fall 2017
Professor Christopher Apodaca
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE: 505-948-1071
1. COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this course you will study human nature from the perspective of Catholic phenomenological and existential insights taught by. The second half of the course will be from the perspective of the perennial tradition of Catholic philosophy taught by Christopher Apodaca.
2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES
3. COURSE SCHEDULE
Week 1: The Who, What and Why of the Human Person
Week 2: The How of the Human Person
Week 3: The How and the Where of the Human Person
Week 4: The Nature of Philosophical Psychology
Week 5: Vegetative Life
Week 6: Sensitive Life
Week 7: Rational Life
1. Listen to Lecture
2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 4.
3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.
4. Complete the midterm posted in lesson 7. Due by Friday at Midnight.
Week 8: Human Sensation
Week 9: The Human Mind: Ideas and Judgements
Week 10: The Human Mind: Reasoning
Week 11: Human Emotion
Week 12: The Human Will
Week 13: The Human Person
Week 14: The Human Soul
Week 15: The Origin of Life and Final Exam
1. Readings: Edward Feser article, Knowing an Ape from Adam: http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2014/12/knowing-ape-from-adam.html
REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:
Philosophical Psychology by D.Q. McInerny (Elmhurst, Pennsylvania, The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, 2016) Order from www.fraternitypublications.com. $34.95 plus shipping.
Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide by Edward Feser (One world Publications, 2009) Available at https://www.amazon.com/Aquinas-Beginners-Guide-Edward-Feser/dp/1851686908. $8.03.
In regard to all assignments and assessments:
Each week you will respond to discussion prompts and reply to your fellow students’ posts. Original posts are due by midnight on the Friday of the weak on which they were assigned, and responses to student posts are due no later than the following Tuesday at midnight.
Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).
The term paper is a formal 3-5 page, double-spaced essay.
A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below
Discussion Posts: 25%
Term Paper: 25%
Mid-Term Exam: 25%
Final Exam: 25%
Length of Assignment
Assignment meets the minimum required length.
Assignment falls somewhat short of the minimum required length.
Assignment falls significantly short of the minimum required length.
Assignment is less than half the required length.
No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.
Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors
A few grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors.
Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.
Quality of Information
Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.
Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides some supporting details and/or examples.
Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.
Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.
Writing provides a clear demonstration of the student's accurate understanding of the texts assigned.
Writing provides a somewhat clear demonstration of the student's accurate understanding of the texts assigned.
Writing shows that the student has a somewhat inaccurate understanding of the text.
Writing shows that the student has a deficient understanding of the text.
6. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY
Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at email@example.com or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.
7. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.
In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.
Students, where applicable:
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:
Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.
8. ATTENDANCE POLICY
Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.
9. INCOMPLETE POLICY
An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.
To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.
Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.
Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete and must receive the grade that they have earned. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.
A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.
10. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR