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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHH6205

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for Philosophy Program Changes. GC approved. to USF Sys 2/20/13. to SCNS 2/28/13. Approved eff 5/1/13

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2670 2011-11-14
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Philosophy AS 125100
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Thomas Williams 8139742758 thomasw@usf,edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHH 6205 Seminar in Medieval Philosophy

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Seminar in Medieval Philosophy
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Examines major texts, topics, and thinkers in medieval philosophy.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    A seminar in medieval philosophy is offered every year; average enrollment is 10-15 students. Up to now, it has been taught as one of several sections of PHH 6938, Seminar in the History of Philosophy.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in philosophy with demonstrated expertise in medieval philosophy

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The seminar is intended to provide a historical account of the cultural and institutional contexts in which medieval philosophy was carried on, to present an account of the historical development of medieval philosophy, to explain the distinctive conceptual vocabulary and argumentative practices of scholastic philosophy, and to offer sustained opportunities for analysis of medieval philosophical texts and the arguments they present.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will have demonstrated the ability to (1) read, interpret, and analyze philosophical texts, (2) to write philosophical papers, and in so doing, to develop theses in response to philosophical questions and to defend their theses in carefully reasoned arguments, (3) to recognize, diagnose, and address inadequate reasoning about philosophical concepts, and (4) to engage in oral discussion, presentation, and debate. Finally, students will demonstrate (5) fluency in the historical and philosophical context of these medieval texts, and (6) understanding of the processes and effects of change in philosophical concepts and language and (7) a grasp of the complexities (conceptual, historical, cultural) of understanding philosophical texts, and the variety of disciplinary approaches required to address them.

    C. Major Topics

    Major debates in medieval philosophy, especially in natural theology, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and moral psychology. Major medieval thinkers, especially Augustine, Anselm, Peter Abelard, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William Ockham.

    D. Textbooks

    Philosophy in the Middle Ages, 3rd ed., ed. Hyman, Walsh, and Williams (Hackett, 2010)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Other translations of medieval philosophical writings supplied by the instructor, made available on Blackboard

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    regular short written assignments, 30%

    class discussion, 30%

    term paper or other substantial written assignment, 40%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Frequent (at least every other week) short written assignments, stating and defending an interpretive or substantive thesis concerning assigned reading

    Substantial written assignment (4500 words)

    No exams or tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    There is no opportunity for make-up work; all writing must be done by the end of the semester. The University Policy on Academic Integrity is included in the syllabus and linked from the course Blackboard site.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA and PhD in Philosophy, MA and PhD in Philosophy and Religion

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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