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The Humanities Department: Philosophy & Ethics

Philosophy & Ethics Classes at YCCC

Through the study of philosophy, students can acquaint themselves with the world’s great schools of thought, and wrestle with ideas that have shaped, challenged, and perplexed humankind for centuries. Through the more specific study of ethics, students can confront issues and problems of contemporary importance, and in the process hone their critical-thinking and decision-making skills.

Course Offerings

PHI 102: Ethics in Contemporary Society
This course introduces students to classical, historical, and contemporary perspectives on the theory and practice of ethics.  Students will apply this knowledge by examining a variety of contemporary personal, social, and professional ethical issues and problems and by practicing methods for arriving at ethical solutions and decisions.  The course emphasizes critical thinking skills and reasoning, and the expression of ideas in writing.  Prerequisite:  ENG 101 

PHI 110: Introduction to Philosophy
This course introduces students to classical and contemporary perspectives on the traditional inquiries of philosophy by exploring topics of logic, epistemology, metaphysics, theology, ethics, and justice.  Students will be challenged to foster critical thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in examining philosophical subjects, interpreting philosophical texts, evaluating philosophical arguments, and articulating personal viewpoints. Prerequisite: ENG 101