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PHI-100 Introductory Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


An introduction to selected problems in the philosophy of religion, metaphysics (theory of reality), and epistemology (theory of knowledge). Topics include the existence of God; the nature of mind and its relation to body; computers and consciousness; personal identity and mortality; freewill and determinism; the nature and sources of knowledge; and the justification of scientific beliefs.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment. PHI 100 may be taken before or after PHI 101.

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PHI-101 Introductory Philosophy: Values & Society

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


An introduction to selected problems in philosophical ethics and social-political philosophy. Topics include the relativity or objectivity of values; egoism and altruism; the nature of right and wrong action; classical and contemporary ethical theories; applied ethical problems; the nature of justice; the relation between individuals and society; and approaches to the meaning of life.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment. PHI 100 may be taken before or after PHI 101.

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PHI-150 Critical Thinking

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


The course is designed to improve a fundamental ability needed for success in any discipline: the ability to think critically. The focus is on acquiring and sharpening the skills required for identifying, analyzing, and evaluating arguments. The emphasis is on reading and responding to a variety of real academic texts from across the curriculum. No specialized knowledge is presupposed. The course should make students more careful readers and more cogent writers.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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PHI-211 Philosophies of Existence

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


An examination of the 19th-century forerunners of contemporary existentialism, concentrating principally on the themes and methods of theistic and atheistic existential thought that emerge in the writings of Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. The course is organized around various attempts to reinterpret the Judeo-Christian God. Particular attention will be paid to how and why existential thinkers have set themselves in opposition to the mainstream philosophical tradition.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in any first or second year Philosophy course, or instructor permission

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PHI-220 Philosophy of Love and Sex

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


An exploration of conceptual and normative issues in the areas of human love and sex. The course examines classical works of philosophy in an effort to understand the changing significance of intimate human relationships in Western history. The aim is to recognize and critically reflect on traces of these historical ideas in our contemporary views about love and sex. Topics include desire, romance, identity, repression, perversion, and power.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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PHI-230 Contemporary Moral Issues

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


An examination of moral and social issues facing the contemporary world. Topics include animal and environmental ethics; conception and death in the medical context; hate literature and pornography; the ethics of violence. The principal aim is to teach students to think critically about their own views. To this end, philosophical attempts to apply various moral theories to these concrete problems will be assessed.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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PHI-240 Philosophy of Art

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


An introduction to philosophical attempts to understand the nature and value of art. The course surveys influential Western theories of art from the ancient to the contemporary period. Issues discussed include attempts to define art, the social value of art, censorship, the nature of aesthetic experience, artistic creativity, problems surrounding interpretation, and the relation of art to political and gender issues.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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PHI-260 Business Ethics

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


An examination of ethical issues arising in the contemporary business context. A number of classical ethical theories are introduced and applied to a variety of concrete problems such as whistle-blowing, product safety, employee rights, discrimination, international business, the environment, and investing. Emphasis is on mastery of the key ethical concepts and their application to real-life situations.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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