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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHH6310
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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. Needs text confirmed. Emailed. Updated. GC apprvd 3/4/13. to USF Sys 3/5/13. to SCNS 4/22/13. Apprd eff 6/1/13. Nmbr 6435 apprd as 6310

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-11-18
  2. Department: Philosophy
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1251000
  5. Contact Person: Roger Ariew
  6. Phone: 8139748207
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHH
  9. Number: 6310
  10. Full Title: Seminar in Seventeenth Century Philosophy
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Seventeenth Century Philosophy
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course will examine major texts in Seventeenth Century Philosophy.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. 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? MA/PhD Students are required to take at least one course in the area of Early Modern Philosophy.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in philosophy with demonstrated expertise or competence in Seventeenth century philosophy.
  29. Objectives: This course has at least three objectives. The first is that students will

    acquire an extensive and expert knowledge of some texts in Seventeenth Century philosophy. The second is to expand and to refine the students'

    abilities to engage in critical analyses of philosophical texts and the

    arguments these texts present. The third is to write a paper worthy of

    presentation to a professional audience or publication in a professional journal

  30. 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 ancient 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.

  31. Major Topics: Questions about the knowledge of nature and reality raised by Descartes' Principles of Philosophy, and theoretical responses to these questions found in

    Hobbes' Leviathan, Spinoza's Ethics, Malebranche's Search after Truth, and Leibniz' Discourse on Metaphysics and Monadology, together with the discussion of these issues in the Correspondence between Leibniz and Arnauld.

  32. Textbooks: there is no textbook required because students use primary sources written by the author(s) to whom the seminar is dedicated
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Descartes, Principles of Philosophy

    Hobbes, Leviathan,

    Spinoza, Ethics,

    Malebranche Search after Truth

    Leibniz, Discourse on metaphysics

    Leibniz, Monadology

    Leibniz and Arnauld, Correspondence

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Seminar presentation and participation 20%

    Research paper 80%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Seminar presentation and participation 20%

    Research paper 80%

  36. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: There is no opportunity for make up work since the paper is due at the end of the semester.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Philosophy Graduate Program (MA and PhD)
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Graduate programs in World Languages, English Literature and

    Comparative Literature, History, Humanities, and Religious Studies

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