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Course Number: PHS 450

Course Title: Philosophical Anthropology
Term: Fall 2017

Professor Christopher Apodaca

EMAIL: capodaca@holyapostles.edu         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

  1. Listen to the introductory lecture (File Attached).
  2. Readings:  Chervin The Who, What, Why of the The Human Person pgs. 3-21 (File Attached).
  3. Forum Post: 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.

Week 2: The How of the Human Person

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: Chervin, The Who, What Why pgs. 22-52
  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.

Week 3: The How and the Where of the Human Person

  1. Readings:  Chervin The Who, What, Why of the The Human Person pgs.52-83 (File Attached).
  2. Assignment: 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.

 Week 4: The Nature of Philosophical Psychology

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Readings: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology: Introduction and Chapter 1.
  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.

Week 5: Vegetative Life

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Readings: An introduction to Thomistic Metaphysics (download file);McInerny, Philosophical Psychology: Chapter 2.
  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.

Week 6: Sensitive Life

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 3.
  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.

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

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 5.
  3. Forum Post: In at least 500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 250 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.
  4. Choose a topic for your research paper and send the topic to Professor Apodaca for approval.

Week 9: The Human Mind: Ideas and Judgements

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 6.
  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.

Week 10: The Human Mind: Reasoning

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 7.
  3. Forum Post: In at least 500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 250 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.

Week 11: Human Emotion

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 8.
  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.

Week 12: The Human Will

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 9.
  3. Forum Post: In at 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.

Week 13: The Human Person

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 10.
  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.

Week 14: The Human Soul

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 11.
  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.

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 

  1.  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.
  2. Complete the final exam posted Lesson 15. Please feel free to use your notes and textbook. Due by Friday at Midnight.
  3. Term Paper due by Friday at Midnight.

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.

SUGGESTED READING:

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.

5. EVALUATION

In regard to all assignments and assessments:

  1. Your work must illustrate that you accurately understand the material covered in the assigned text and in the lectures. NOTE: Sometimes the lecture will provide additional information not covered in the text, and on a few occasions the professor will offer a critique of McInerny’s understanding of a topic.
  2. Your work must demonstrate more than a surface level knowledge of the course material. Instead you must demonstrate comprehension of the terms, premises, and reasoning related to weekly topics.
  3. If you are not familiar with Thomistic terminology you should ask for help or seek out additional resources.
  4. You must keep in mind that philosophy is a science and not a practice in personal musing about feelings, likes or dislikes, or esoteric ideas. Your arguments should be well grounded in reason and closely related to the material covered in class.
  5. All work, including discussion forum posts, should be written with grammatical accuracy and be composed in formal academic language.

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.

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

GRADE WEIGHTS:

Discussion Posts: 25%

Term Paper: 25%

Mid-Term Exam: 25%

Final Exam: 25%

RUBRIC:

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

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.

Mechanics

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.

Accuracy

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 rmish@holyapostles.edu 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.

Avoiding Plagiarism

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

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