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Critical Thinking Classes Csun

AAS 100. Introduction to Asian American Studies (3)

AAS 340. Asian American Women (3)

AAS 345. Contemporary Issues in Asian American Studies (3)

AAS 360. Asian American Immigration-Global Perspective (3)

AFRS 100. Introduction to Black Studies and Culture (3)

AFRS 165. Introduction to Pan Africanism (3)

AFRS 226. Traditional African Cultures (3)

AFRS 300. Contemporary Issues in the African-American Community (3)

AFRS 320. African-American Personality Development (3)

AFRS 322. African-American Family (3)

AFRS 324. The Black Woman in Contemporary Times (3)

AFRS 325. The Black Man in Contemporary Times (3)

AFRS 366. Colonialism in Africa (3)

AIS 101. Introduction to American Indian Studies (3)

AIS 304. American Indian Law and Policy (3)

AIS 333. American Indian Philosophy (3)

ANTH 108. Latin American Cultures (3)

ANTH 308. Gender and Culture (3)

ANTH 310. Language in Culture: Anthropological Linguistics (3)

ANTH 315. Third World Cultures (3)

ANTH 345. Diversity in the United States (3)

ARAB 101. Elementary Arabic I (4)

ARAB 102. Elementary Arabic II (4)

ARMN 101. Elementary Armenian I (3)

ARMN 102. Elementary Armenian II (3)

ARMN 310. Armenian Culture (3)

ARMN 360. Changing Roles of Armenian Women (3)

ART 112. World Arts: Africa, Oceania and the Americas (3)

ART 315. World Perspectives in Art History (3)

BLAW 391. Women and the Law (3)

CAS 100. Introduction to Central American Studies (3)

CAS 102. The Salvadoran Experience (3)

CAS 311. The Central American Diaspora (3)

CAS 365. Changing Roles of Central American Women (3)

CHIN 101. Elementary Mandarin Chinese I (4)

CHIN 102. Elementary Mandarin Chinese II (4)

CHIN 201. Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I (3)

CHIN 202. Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II (3)

CHS 100. Chicana/o Culture (3)

CHS 101. Spanish for Chicanos I (3)

CHS 102. Spanish for Chicanos II (3)

CHS 246. Contemporary Issues of the Chicana (3)

CHS 333. Language and Society: Chicanas/os and Other Language Minority Children (3)

CHS 364. World Migration and the Chicana/o (3)

CHS 365. Third World Women and the Chicana (3)

CLAS 101L. Elementary Latin I (3)

COMS 356. Intercultural Communication (3)

ENGL 311. History of African-American Writing (3)

ENGL 371. Issues in Jewish-American Writing (3)

FLIT 150. Gateways to Western Civilization: Greece and Rome (3)

FLIT 370. Modern Japanese Culture (3)

FLIT 371. Modern Italian Culture (3)

FLIT 380. Cultural Development of Modern Russia and Eastern Europe (3)

FREN 101. Elementary French I (4)

FREN 102. Elementary French II (4)

FREN 200. Beginning French Conversation (3)

FREN 204. Review of French Grammar (3)

GEOG 318. Europe (3)

GEOG 322. Latin America (3)

GEOG 324. China (3)

GEOG 326. Africa (3)

GEOG 334. Geography of Oceania (3)

GWS 100. Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (3)

GWS 110. Women, Work and Family (3)

GWS 300. Women as Agents of Change (3)

GWS 351. Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality (3)

HEBR 101. Elementary Hebrew I (4)

HEBR 102. Elementary Hebrew II (4)

HIST 161. Survey of the History of Latin America (3)

HIST 185. Civilization of the Middle East (3)

HIST 192. History of Modern East Asia (3)

HIST 210. A History of the Jewish People (3)

HIST 349A. Women in American History Through 1848 (3)

HIST 349B. Women in American History Since 1848 (3)

HIST 369. History of American Indians (3)

ITAL 101. Elementary Italian I (4)

ITAL 102. Elementary Italian II (4)

ITAL 201. Intermediate Italian I (3)

ITAL 202. Intermediate Italian II (3)

ITAL 204. Intermediate Italian Grammar and Composition (3)

JAPN 101. Elementary Japanese I (4)

JAPN 102. Elementary Japanese II (4)

JAPN 201. Intermediate Japanese I (4)

JAPN 202. Intermediate Japanese II (4)

JAPN 204. Kanji II (3)

JAPN 205. Kanji III (3)

JOUR 371. Women, Men and Media (3)

JOUR 372. Diversity and the Media (3)

JS 210. History of the Jewish People (3)

JS 330. Women in the Jewish Experience (3)

KIN 385. Women in Sport (3)

KOR 101. Elementary Korean I (4)

KOR 102. Elementary Korean II (4)

KOR 201. Intermediate Korean I (3)

KOR 202. Intermediate Korean II (3)

LING 250. Language(s) in California (3)

LING 325. Language, Gender, and Identity (3)

MSE 302. Women in Mathematics, Science and Engineering (3)

MUS 309. Traditional Music of the U.S. (3)

MUS 310. Understanding World Cultures Through Music (3)

PERS 101. Elementary Persian I (4)

PERS 102. Elementary Persian II (4)

PERS 201. Intermediate Persian I (3)

PHIL 333. American Indian Philosophy (3)

PHIL 343. Indian Philosophy (3)

PHIL 344. Chinese Philosophy (3)

PHIL 348. Philosophy and Feminism (3)

POLS 197. Racial and Ethnic Politics (3)

POLS 321. Comparative Political Ideologies (3)

POLS 332. Politics of Latin America (3)

QS 301. Perspectives in Queer Studies (3)

RS 150. World Religions (3)

RS 306. American Religious Diversity (3)

RS 365. Islam (3)

RS 378. American Jewish Experience (3)

RS 380. Asian Religions: Communal Traditions and Transitions (3)

RS 385. Hinduism (3)

RS 390. Buddhism (3)

RTM 330. Women, Leisure and Ethnicity in the United States (3)

RUSS 101. Elementary Russian I (4)

RUSS 102. Elementary Russian II (4)

RUSS 200. Beginning Russian Conversation (3)

RUSS 201. Intermediate Russian (3)

RUSS 202. Intermediate Russian Reading (3)

SOC 306. Jewish Communal and Family Structure (3)

SOC 307. Ethnic Diversity in America (3)

SOC 333. Chinese Society (3)

SOC 335. Jewish Identity in the U.S. (3)

SPAN 101. Elementary Spanish I (4)

SPAN 102. Elementary Spanish II and (4)

SPAN 103. Elementary Written Spanish I (3)

SPAN 210. Intermediate Spanish Conversation (3)

SPAN 220A. Intermediate Spanish I (3)

SPAN 220B. Intermediate Spanish II (3)

SPED 200SL. Introduction to Disability Studies (3)

TH 325. World Drama and Performance (3)

URBS 350. Cities of the Developing World (3)

Courses

PHIL 100. General Logic (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Analytical Reading/Expository Writing; GE Mathematics or MATH 210. Not open to students who have completed PHIL 200. Study of deductive and inductive inferences. Attention to formal and informal fallacies and the relations of logic and language. Emphasis on critical thinking and the attainment of skill in it. (Available for General Education, …

PHIL 150. Introduction to Philosophical Thought (3)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or higher, or credit in Developmental Writing 098, or completion of GE Analytical Reading/Expository Writing. Introduction to philosophy emphasizing the concepts of knowledge, reality and mind, with attention to such topics as skepticism, dogmatism, common sense, materialism, mind-body dualism, the existence of God and free will. (Available for General Education, …

PHIL 165. Today’s Moral Issues (3)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or higher, or EPT and a credit in 098. Philosophical examination of a range of today’s moral issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, the environment, war and world hunger. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.) (IC)

PHIL 170. Philosophy and Popular Culture (3)

In this course, students will examine philosophical themes within popular culture, and will use philosophy to investigate how they relate to popular culture. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

PHIL 180. Human Nature and the Meaning of Life (3)

Examines a variety of theories of human nature. Students in the course will discuss how those theories answer questions like: “What are we? Why are we here; what is the meaning of life?” Students in the course will come to understand these theories, learn to critically examine them, and try to determine what implications the …

PHIL 200. Critical Reasoning (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Analytical Reading/Expository Writing; GE Mathematics or MATH 210. Not open to students who have completed PHIL 100. Examination of the relationship between logic and language. Accelerated introduction to the concepts essential to the identification, analysis and evaluation of arguments, with attention to deduction, induction and common fallacies. Emphasis on the application …

PHIL 201. Ancient Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or higher, or credit in Developmental Writing 098, or completion of GE Analytical Reading/Expository Writing. Critical examination of selected topics in ancient Western philosophic thought, with attention to the pervasive influence of Plato and Aristotle. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

PHIL 202. Modern Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or higher, or credit in Developmental Writing 098, or completion of GE Analytical Reading/Expository Writing. Critical examination of topics in modern philosophic thought selected from the writings of such figures as Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

PHIL 210. Reasoning in the Sciences (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Analytical Reading/Expository Writing; GE Mathematics or MATH 210. Concepts, methods, and limitations involved in the systematic procedures of empirical inquiry in the sciences and in ordinary thought, such as probability, measurement, causal relations, statistical inference, and the concepts of law and theory. (Available for General Education, Basic Skills Critical Thinking.)

PHIL 225. Evolutionary Reasoning (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Analytical Reading/Expository Writing. This course introduces basic concepts and skills of critical reasoning and scientific reasoning in the context of reasoning about evolution. These include argument identification, argument analysis, and argument evaluation. Key ideas in evolutionary thinking are also introduced. This course emphasizes the attainment of skills applied in evolutionary reasoning. …

PHIL 230. Introduction to Formal Logic (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Analytical Reading/Expository Writing; GE Mathematics or MATH 210. Introduction to modern deductive logic, including propositional logic and theory of quantification. (Available for General Education, Basic Skills Critical Thinking.)

PHIL 303. Sexual Ethics (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division writing requirement. Examination of some of the moral issues in sexual conduct.

PHIL 305. Business Ethics and Public Policy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Application of the insights and methods of moral philosophy to a practical examination of contemporary moral problems and normative issues of public policy concerning the conduct and responsibilities of individuals and firms in business and the organization and role of business and economic institutions in society. Regular …

PHIL 310. Philosophical Problems (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement; 3 units of philosophy. Introduction for upper division students to such central philosophic problems as knowledge, truth, reality and mind. Regular written assignments will be required. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

PHIL 313. Philosophy of Film and Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Investigation of philosophical concepts and problems relating to and expressed through film and literature. Regular written assignments will be required.

PHIL 319. Medieval Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. An introduction to medieval European philosophy through some of its most important texts and through an examination of some of the forces that helped to shape it, including the interaction of classical Greek philosophies, for example those of Plato and Aristotle with Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions.

PHIL 325. Philosophy and Biology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. The course addresses philosophical issues central to biological sciences, including the creation/evolution debate and other social implications of contemporary biological theories. It also introduces basic concepts in philosophy of science, such as demarcation, scientific explanation and the scientific method, which are necessary for examining the above issues. …

PHIL 330. Philosophy of Science (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Analysis of the concepts reality, knowledge, mind and theory that attempts to answer the question: What is the character of the scientific picture of human beings and nature? (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

PHIL 331. Intermediate Formal Logic (3)

Prerequisite: PHIL 230. Continuation of PHIL 230. Preliminary examination of various extensions of classical formal systems, such as theory of identity, theory of descriptions and modal logic, and an introduction to the methods of appraising formal systems (consistency and semantic completeness).

PHIL 333. American Indian Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. A survey of American Indian philosophy from issues arising out of Oral Traditions, to early colonial Indigenous impacts on American Democracy and Pragmatism, to recent work on knowledge, value, and being as well as applied issues such as sovereignty and the environment. (Cross-listed with AIS 333.) (Available for General …

PHIL 338. Philosophy of Religion (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examination of the conceptual problems religious claims pose and arguments regarding knowledge of God, evil, miracles, death and survival, religious experience, religion and morals, faith and reason. Regular written assignments will be required.

PHIL 341. Kierkegaard and Nietzsche (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examination of some of the main issues in the thought of Kierkegaard and the thought of Nietzsche, such as subjective and objective truth, the logic of faith, the category of transvaluation and the death of God.

PHIL 342. Existentialism (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement; 3 units of philosophy. Study of representative works of the major existentialists, with the aim of discovering the fundamental tenets of existentialism. Emphasis placed on existentialism’s influence on and relevance to contemporary thought. Regular written assignments will be required.

PHIL 343. Indian Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Survey of Indian philosophy from the Vedic period to the modern era, with attention to relationships between India’s philosophies, history and culture. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

PHIL 344. Chinese Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Survey of Chinese philosophy from Confucius to the Peoples Republic, with attention to relationships between China’s philosophies, history and culture. Regular written assignments required. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

PHIL 348. Philosophy and Feminism (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Philosophical analysis of the concept woman in contemporary U.S. culture and other central concepts in feminist thought, including the nature of oppression, equality and justice, and relationships between sex, gender and sexuality. A critical study of philosophical issues in feminism. Regular written assignments will be required. (Available …

PHIL 349. Contemporary Social and Political Issues (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Philosophical examination of the concepts, values and arguments relevant to understanding and evaluating practical social and political issues central to current public debates concerning such matters as civil and political rights, social and economic inequality, the environment, biotechnology, economic policy and global trade, and the national defense. …

PHIL 350. Epistemology (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement; 3 units of philosophy. An investigation into ways of acquiring knowledge and into traditional epistemological problems. Attention will be given to major positions, such as empiricism and rationalism, foundationalism and coherentism, and skepticism, and to theories of knowledge, such as reliabilism and contextualism. The course also will …

PHIL 352. Metaphysics (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement; 3 units of philosophy. An examination of traditional and contemporary views concerning major issues in metaphysics, such as continued existence through change, universals and particulars, realism, causation, necessity and possibility, possible worlds and time and space. Also will include regular sessions on philosophical writing and methodology. Regular …

PHIL 355. Philosophy of Mind (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement; 3 units of philosophy. An examination of traditional and contemporary views concerning the mind, such as the nature of consciousness and intentionality, the prospects and limitations of artificial intelligence and psychological explanation, the nature of mental causation, and the relationship between mind and body. Also will include …

PHIL 360. Ethical Theory (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement; 3 units of philosophy. A survey of classical and contemporary theoretical approaches to moral philosophy. Covers such theories as utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, ethical relativism and divine command. Also will include regular sessions on philosophical writing and methodology. Regular written assignments will be required.

PHIL 365. Social and Political Philosophy (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement; 3 units of philosophy. A survey of classical and contemporary theoretical approaches in social and political philosophy. Covers such theories as anarchy, absolutism, liberalism, libertarianism, communism, communitarianism and socialism, as well as topics concerning justice, liberty, equality, pluralism and democracy. Also will include regular sessions on philosophical …

PHIL 380. Aesthetics (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement; 3 units of philosophy. An examination of issues in aesthetics, such as the nature of art, the paradox of fiction, the role of censorship, the idea of ineffability, the concepts of beauty and genius, and the relationship of art to morality, cognition, aesthetic experience and theory.

PHIL 390. Philosophy of Law (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Philosophical questions arising from the analysis and evaluation of concepts and theories connected with law, including law and morality, justice, freedom and responsibility, and the nature of judicial reasoning. Regular written assignments will be required.

PHIL 401. Advanced Ancient Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 201. Recommended Preparatory: PHIL 350, PHIL 352, PHIL 355, PHIL 360, or PHIL 365. A detailed study of selected works by Ancient philosophers, with an emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

PHIL 402. Advanced Modern Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 202; Recommended Preparatory: PHIL 350, PHIL 352, PHIL 355, PHIL 360, or PHIL 365. A detailed study of selected works by modern philosophers from Descartes to Mill.

PHIL 403. Contemporary Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 350, PHIL 352, PHIL 355, PHIL 360, or PHIL 365. An examination of selected contemporary philosophical writings.

PHIL 425. Seminar in Philosophy of Biology (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 325, PHIL 330, PHIL 350 or PHIL 355. An advanced study of key concepts and issues in philosophy of biology, including adaptation, complexity and self-organization, fitness, function, species, unit of selection and evolutionary development. Examination of the nature of biological sciences and its relation to other sciences and …

PHIL 431. Philosophical Topics in Logic (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 230. Recommended Preparatory: PHIL 350, PHIL 352, PHIL 355, PHIL 360, or PHIL 365. An examination of philosophical issues in logic, such as the nature of and choices between logical systems and the relation of logic to traditional philosophical issues.

PHIL 439. Phenomenology (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 350, PHIL 352 or PHIL 355. A study of the phenomenological approach to such issues as the nature of consciousness, the role of intentionality and meaning in experience, and our experiential relations to others and the world around us. The focus will usually be on one or more historically significant phenomenologists, …

PHIL 445. Philosophy of Language (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy including PHIL 350, PHIL 352 or PHIL 355. An examination of selected topics concerning the nature of language, such as sense and reference, theories of meaning, pragmatics and speech acts, meaning skepticism, the analytic/synthetic distinction and metaphor.

PHIL 446. Advanced Social and Political Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 360 or PHIL 365. An advanced analysis and evaluation of selected topics in social and political philosophy, such as the nature of justice, equality, liberty, political rights and the law.

PHIL 450. Advanced Epistemology and Metaphysics (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 350, PHIL 352 or PHIL 355. An advanced study of selected topics in epistemology, such as internalism and externalism, rationalism and empiricism, theories of knowledge and skepticism.

PHIL 452. Advanced Metaphysics (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 350, PHIL 352 or PHIL 355. An advanced study of selected topics in metaphysics, such as continued existence through change, universal and particular, realism, causation, necessity and possibility, possible worlds and time and space.

PHIL 455. Advanced Philosophy of Mind (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy including PHIL 350, PHIL 352 or PHIL 355. Recommended Preparatory: PHIL 355. An advanced study of selected topics concerning the mind and its relations to reality, such as the nature of consciousness, intentionality, mental causation, psychological explanation, artificial intelligence and the mind/body problem.

PHIL 460. Advanced Ethical Theory (3)

Prerequisites: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 360 or PHIL 365. An investigation of advanced topics in ethical theory, such as moral responsibility, justice, human rights, intrinsic values and the justification of punishment.

PHIL 495. Advanced Philosophy of the Sciences (3)

Prerequisite: 6 units of Philosophy, including PHIL 330, PHIL 350, PHIL 352 or PHIL 355. An advanced study of one or more key issues in the philosophy of science or philosophical issues in the special sciences, such as explanation, causality, laws and theories, theory evaluation, realism and anti-realism, and relations between the physical and social sciences.

PHIL 497. Senior Research Seminar (3)

Preparatory: Senior standing; At least 21 units in Philosophy courses. Extended research project on a topic of the student’s choice. Collaborative learning is required. Team projects are encouraged. Focus is on formulating a thesis and pursuing appropriate means of developing it in a research project. Class meetings focus on research methodologies and on students discussion …