2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
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2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PHI 238 - Philosophy and Literature

Description: How philosophy and literature work together to illuminate some of the most important issues that humans are likely to face. Issues include: the nature of reality, knowledge, truth, personal identity, ethics, race, gender, justice, love, personal, relationships, and the meaning of life. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 101A  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity; Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Methods for reading literature
  2. Methods for reading philosophy
  3. The nature and purpose of literature
  4. The relationship between literature and the nature of reality
  5. The relationship between literature and the nature of knowledge
  6. The relationship between literature and the nature of beauty
  7. The relationship between literature and the nature of morality

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Apply both Analytic and Continental methods to reading literature. (1, 2)
  2. Explain the nature and purpose of literature, including its abilities to contribute to an understanding of diverse worldviews and the development of our understanding of the human experience. (3)
  3. Analyze the relationship between philosophy and literature. (1,2, 4-7) 
  4. Evaluate personal beliefs, including a historically informed understanding of the self, by reading literature through a philosophical lens. (1, 2, 4-7)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2,500 words of monitored writing, which includes a 1,500-word essay that undergoes iterations of the writing process (i.e., outline, rough draft, and etc.), using academically appropriate sources.