Philosophy 100, Course Overview
WI and Diversification in Humanities

Before you enter this course, read carefully this overview, course evaluation, course assignments, course mechanics, and self-check activities.

Course Title: Introduction to Philosophy

Instructor: Professor Ronald C. Pine, Ph.D.

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Course Credits: 3

Course Description:  Great philosophical issues, theories, and controversies. (3 credits)

General Education area: Diversification in Humanities and Writing Intensive

Note: This online course is being offered as a Writing-Intensive course.  Hence, this course will satisfy a UH system and HCC Diversification requirement and a UH system and HCC WI requirement.

Prerequisites:  English 100 and possess basic Internet skills.  As a WI course, English 100 (C grade or higher) in the UH system or an equivalent college level composition course is an absolute prerequisite.  Students should know how to use and navigate on the Internet, use a word processor (preferably Word), and have basic email and file management skills.

Course Purpose:  Philosophy 100 is an introductory course addressing the relevance of philosophical perspectives and issues for living in the modern world. Traditional philosophers and philosophical fields will be covered with a constant emphasis on the application of concepts and controversies for making decisions in one's life.  Traditional fields in philosophy will be covered: value clarification, ethics and theories of the good life, political philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of religion and metaphysics. Both Western and Eastern philosophical perspectives will be covered.  Each student will be asked to participate critically in evaluating various philosophical perspectives through short essay writing assignments and a major paper.

Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes:  Students will demonstrate in college level writing:

Texts and Resources:

Discovering Philosophy (Portfolio or 2nd Edition), by Thomas I. White
Supplement Lectures for the textbook.

Course Content:

  1. Introduction -- applied philosophy.
  3. Meaning in life, theories of happiness, and the Good Life.
  5. What should we do? Ethics and political philosophy.
  7. What can we know? Epistemology and theories of evidence.

  8. What is the nature of reality? Metaphysics and philosophy of religion.

Qualified students with disabilities will receive appropriate accommodations in this course. Students with disabilities may obtain information on available services online at  Specific inquires may be made by contacting Student ACCESS at 844-2392, by e-mail at, or by simply stopping by the office located in 2/409.


Week       Topic (s) 
Chapters 1, Appendix (Writing About Philosophy): Applied Philosophy and the relevance of philosophical thinking.  Assignment 1
Chapters 2: Philosophical Thinking and Logic.  Assignment 2
Chapters 11: Happiness and Meaning in Life.  Assignment 3
Chapter 5:  Ethics and tools for ethical deliberation.  Assignment 4
Chapter 6: Ethics and Happiness.  Assignment 5
Chapter 7: Political Philosophy.  Assignment 6
Chapter 9: Theories of Knowledge (Epistemology).  Assignment 7
Chapters 8: The Nature of Reality (Metaphysics).  Assignment 8 and Draft of Major Paper due
Chapter 10: Arguments for the Existence of God.  Assignment 9; Chapter 12: The world view of modern science.  Assignment 10

Major Paper and Final Exam