Sep 20, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHIL 151 - Arguments about Life and Death

This course will cultivate critical thinking skills in examining arguments about life and death: defining what death is, whether death is something to be feared, and the moral and legal issues around physician-assisted suicide. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Accurately analyze arguments contained in prose passages concerning life and death, identifying their premises and conclusions
  • Distinguish between the truth of an argument’s premises and the validity or strength of its reasoning, and evaluate that strength or validity
  • Craft a strong argument for a position on a complex question concerning life and death
  • Identify and synthesize high-quality sources and use them effectively in support of an argument, and cite and document sources according to MLA guidelines
  • Craft prose that conforms to academic expectations regarding rhetorical effectiveness: clarity, coherence, unity, style, and meaning
  • Identify core concepts and positions in debates around life and death, including: whether death is to be feared, how to define death, and whether assisted suicide is morally or constitutionally justified.
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