Graduate Courses

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The following lists both ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ graduate seminars. The coursework requirements of the MA and PhD can also be satisfied, in part, by credit that has been gained in upper division undergraduate courses, whether at UBC or in previous studies (see Section 3.8 of the Graduate Regulations).

Summer 2017

PHIL101 Introduction to Philosophy Sections

Basic problems and methods of philosophy. Topics such as the nature and scope of human knowledge, the existence of God, and the relationship between mind and body. Credit will not be given for both PHIL 100 and 101.

PHIL102 Introduction to Philosophy II Sections

Basic problems and methods of philosophy. Topics such as morality, personal identity, free will and determinism, and the meaning of life. Credit will not be given for both PHIL 100 and 102.

PHIL120 Introduction to Critical Thinking Sections

Tools for dealing with both everyday and more technical arguments and concepts. Analysis and resolution of confusions, ambiguities, and fallacies. This course is restricted to students with fewer than 90 credits.

PHIL220 Symbolic Logic Sections

Sentential and predicate logic. Translation from natural language; truth tables and interpretations; systems of natural deduction up to relational predicate logic with identity; alternative proof methods. Some sections may use computer-based materials and tests.

PHIL230 Introduction to Ethics Sections

Theories of obligation and value; moral reasoning; normative ethics, descriptive ethics and meta-ethics. Readings in classic and contemporary texts.

PHIL331 Business and Professional Ethics Sections

Moral problems in contemporary business and professional practice, general moral theory, the law, and policy formation. Corporate social and environmental responsibility, employee rights, preferential hiring and affirmative action programs, conflicts of interest, advertising, "whistle blowing" and self-regulation. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 331 or PHIL 434.

PHIL333 Bio-Medical Ethics Sections

Moral problems arising in the health sciences, especially in medicine but also in biology, psychology, and social work. Topics include abortion, death and euthanasia, genetic engineering, behaviour modification, compulsory treatment, experimentation with human beings and animals, and the relationship between professionals and their patients, subjects or clients. No philosophical background is required. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 333 or PHIL 433.

PHIL338 Philosophy of Law Sections

Concepts of law, constitution and sovereignty; law and morality; natural law theories and legal positivism; obligation, responsibility, and punishment.

PHIL375 Philosophy and Literature Sections

Philosophical issues in works of literature or arising from theories of literary interpretation. Topics include issues relating to relativism, the nature of morality, free will, personal identity, the nature of the emotions.

PHIL487 Directed Reading Sections

PHIL488 Directed Reading Sections

PHIL536A Ethical Issues in Public Policy - ETHIC PUBLIC POL Sections

PHIL585 Directed Reading Sections

PHIL599 MA Thesis Sections

PHIL699 Doctoral Dissertation Sections