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New Courses, Course Changes & Programs of Study (3 packages)
School of Music – Undergraduate
Add a new non-degree program Certificate - Sacred Music Certificate Program Summary of the Changes: The impetus for the Sacred Music Certificate Program came directly from the UNF student body and Northeast Florida community. Within the population of both undergraduate music majors (in music performance and music education) and non-music majors, many students aspire to become music ministers; there are at least ten students presently pursuing undergraduate degrees who have voiced their interest should such an opportunity arise. Furthermore, many of the students in UNF's choral ensembles are already currently employed part time by local religious institutions, and several alumni with UNF Bachelor of Music degrees are employed in the area of music ministry. The certificate will require 15 credits (12 credits of required courses and 3 credits of electives), and it will introduce three newly designed classes at the 3000-level: MUS3xxx Sacred Music Leadership and Administration (3 credits); MUL3xxx Liturgical Planning: Music and Ritual (3 credits); and MUL3xxx Congregational Song (2 credits). The core courses provide a foundation for students wishing to specialize in a variety of areas within the field of sacred music. The elective course will allow students to focus in more depth on a particular area (music studio recording, digital audio production, business management, and global music traditions). The creation of the Sacred Music Certificate and the addition of three new courses specifically designed to prepare students for careers as sacred musicians will greatly enhance the knowledge base of our graduates and help them to better serve their communities, will increase the value of the resumes and transcripts of our students when being considered by future employers, and will augment UNF's attractiveness as the institution of choice for students pursuing real world opportunities. FSU is the only comparable university in our region offering undergraduate studies in sacred music. Edward Waters College offers training in something called sacred music management. Mercer offers the graduate degree in church music (no undergraduate focus), and UF offers sacred music at the MM level only. Stetson, Jacksonville University, UCF, Valdosta State, and Georgia Southern do not seem to offer anything like it. (Click here for the program of study)
Add a new course
Congregational Song (2 crs)
Prerequisites: NoneCo-requisites: None
This course is a survey of the history, theology, and practice of congregational songs from Western and non-Western traditions. Special attention will be given to recent developments in congregational song practices in the United States and around the world by analyzing resources such as hymnals, songbooks, collections, and online databases. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the theology of song texts, be able to teach and lead different styles of song in various congregational contexts, and have learned strategies and tools for selecting congregational song appropriate to each student’s worship and faith tradition.
Liturgical Planning: Music and Ritual (3 crs)
This course introduces the history, theology, and practice of liturgy. Special attention will be given to the function of music within classic liturgical patterns as well as contemporary models of worship so that students will learn to plan, implement, and critically evaluate liturgical structures and the use of music in various contexts. Emphasis will be placed on developing worship services that are grounded in a student’s faith background while informed by liturgical history, sacred text, cultural context, modern practice, and musical experience.
Sacred Music Leadership and Administration (3 crs)
This course examines issues related to music employment and leadership within faith communities today. Topics include employment search, budget management, music property and materials, staff relations, church leadership structures and politics, interpersonal skills and communication, visioning and goal-setting, recruiting and training volunteers, church ensembles and programming, community outreach, concert series, publicity, professional organizations, multi-media, and ethical and legal issues.
Philosophy & Religious Studies – Undergraduate
Change a degree-major of an existing program
Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy Major
Summary of the Changes:
In this package, we would like to remove the current prerequisite course, PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods, from most of our 4000 level courses. Although we will still strongly recommend that our majors take PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods early in their program, many non-majors take our 4000 level courses, and this prerequisite is significantly impacting our enrollments. These changes will be the same across all concentrations in the Philosophy Major: General Philosophical Studies, Legal-Political-Social Studies, and Studies in Applied Ethics. The change to the POS is: "Students are free to select major 3 electives from any 3000 or 4000 level philosophy courses offered by the program; one elective must be from the 4000 level. PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods is a pre-requisite for [all] some 4000 level courses." This change from "all" to "some" reflects the removal of the prerequisite for most of the 4000 level courses. Only PHI 4970 Senior Honors Thesis and PHI 4905 Directed Individual Study will continue to have the prerequisite. The courses we would like to remove this prerequisite from are: PHH 4121 Ancient Greek Ethics PHH 4601 Contemporary European Philosophy PHH 4620 20th Century Philosophy: Anglo/American Tradition PHH 4821 Confucianism PHI 4220 Philosophy of Language PHI 4420 Philosophy of the Social Sciences PHI 4935 Philosophy Seminar PHM 4340 Contemporary Political Philosophy PHP 4782 Phenomenology (Click here for the program of study)
Change an existing course
Ancient Greek Ethics
We would like to remove PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods as a prerequisite for this course.
New Course Description:
In this course we will study the origins of Western ethical thought in ancient Greece. Beginning with Aristotle, we will go on to examine the work of the Hellenistic philosophers, who more fully developed several distinctive schools of ethical thought and behavior. While these philosophers are interesting in themselves, they are also important because they formulated the basis of contemporary ethics, both in the questions asked and in the solutions offered.
Contemporary Euro Philosophy
This course offers an examination of major issues and figures in 20th and 21st century European philosophy. It considers topics such as the alterity or difference of others, the relation of language to thought, the nature of human experience and perception, the nature of power, as well as contemporary perspectives of justice, ethics, and politics. The course draws on the works of influential theorists such as Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Heidegger, Adorno, Deleuze, Derrida, and Foucault in order to gain insight into some of the main philosophical movements of the 20th century: phenomenology, existentialism, structuralism, post-structuralism, and deconstruction.
20th Cent Philo: Anglo/Am Trad
New Course Description:
The history of philosophy in the present century in the English-speaking world is marked by a turn away from speculative metaphysics toward the logical analysis of language. This course traces the history of that development from Russell through Wittgenstein and the "logical positivists" up to the present trend toward applied ethics.
We would like to remove PHI 3084 as a prerequisite to this course.
This course will explore the thought and influence of one of the most influential people of all time, Confucius. Much of what we see today as distinctive contributions of East Asia to world culture comes from a Confucian approach to the world. We will begin in ancient China with the great Confucian classics, and then proceed historically through movements and developments in Confucian philosophy, from the Analects and the Mengzi to Dong Zhongshu, Zhu Xi, and New-Confucianism as it exists today. We will examine questions of how to categorize Confucianism: philosophy, religion, both, neither? We will also explore the Asian Values controversy and discuss the rise of Confucianism in contemporary China, including various Confucian responses to problems such as human rights, environmental ethics, and bioethics.
Philosophy of Language
We would like to remove PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods as a prerequisite to this course.
This course explores the lasting significance of the linguistic turn in philosophy, including its different philosophical perspectives in analytic philosophy, speech act theory, semiotics and poststructuralism, and philosophical hermeneutics. Central questions include: What is the role of language for human consciousness and experience? How is linguistic meaning constituted, and what are its essential components? What is the basic structure of language, and how does it affect our access to reality? What is the relation between language and truth? What is the role of language and linguistic meaning for the constitution of culture, society, and politics? The course clarifies concepts like consciousness, meaning, reflexivity, truth, reference, normatively, and social practices through the philosophy of language.
Philos of the Social Sciences
This course is an examination of the nature, foundations, and aims of the social sciences. Attention is given to differing accounts of human action, the nature of social explanation, the structure of comparative social analysis, and the conditions for societal evaluation. Special consideration is given to the relationship of the social sciences to the humanities and the natural sciences.
Special Topics In Philosophy
This course covers topics of importance in philosophy. Course topic will vary by instructor.
This course is an investigation of specific philosophical problems or issues. Topics vary by instructor.
Contemporary Political Philos
This course examines main trends in recent and current political philosophy. Emphasis is on contemporary philosophical treatments of concepts like rights, liberty, justice, equality, democracy, power, the state, and the political itself. These concepts are explored while examining (a) new theoretical developments like communitarianism, feminism, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, discourse and difference theory, and (b) current reformulations of such classical positions as utilitarianism, liberalism, socialism, and republicanism.
This course deals with the central questions and methods of contemporary phenomenology, with emphasis on the primacy of experience, the structures of perception and the construction of the world, with readings in Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and others.
Philosophy & Religious Studies – Undergraduate
Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy Major
Summary of the Changes:
In this package we would like to make changes to the names and levels of several courses (listed below). The name changes will better reflect the course material and hopefully be more clear to students, and the level changes will more closely align course materials with their actual level of difficulty, making the program as a whole more coherent as well. We also have three courses that we would like to take this opportunity to terminate from the catalogue. As a department we have decided to stop offering these courses. These changes do not alter the total number of credits required for our major (33 credits). These changes are reflected across the three concentrations in the Philosophy Major: General Philosophical Studies, Legal-Political-Social Studies, and Studies in Applied Ethics. Name and Level Change: PHI 3130 (GM) Symbolic Logic to PHI 2130 (GM) Introduction to Logic PHI 3643 Ethics and Literature to PHI 2643 Philosophy through Fiction PHI 4453 Philosophy of Psychiatry to PHI 3453 Philosophy of Psychology Name Change: PHH 3860 (FC) Japanese Philosophy through Culture to PHH 3860 (FC) Japanese Philosophy PHI 3670 Moral Conflict to PHI 3670 Relativism and Disagreement PHI 2100 Reasoning and Critical Thinking to PHI 2100 Critical Thinking: The Art of Reasoning PHI 2630 Contemporary Ethical Issues to PHI 2630 Critical Thinking: Ethical Issues PHP 3790 Pragmatism to PHP 3790 American Philosophy Level Change: PHI 4674 Lies and Self Deception to PHI 3674 Lies and Self Deception PHM 3100 Social Philosophy to PHM 4100 Social Philosophy PHI 3641 Business Ethics to PHI 4641 Business Ethics Terminate from the Catalogue: PHM 3500 Philosophy of History PHM 2030 Ecological Philosophy PHP 4410 Kant On the program of study, in addition to the above changes, you will see one small change from Package 201601-26 "Remove Prerequisite for 4000 level courses" in blue, but not underlined. Package 201601-26, also under consideration currently, asks that PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods be removed as a prerequisite from most of our 4000 level courses. The change on the POS indicates that this course is now a requirement for only "some" but not "all" 4000 level courses. (Click here for the program of study)
Terminate an existing course
Philosophy of History
We would like to terminate PHM 3500 Philosophy of History. We do not have the faculty nor the interest to teach this course, and it has not been taught in many years.
We would like to terminate this course. We have neither the faculty nor the interest to teach this course, and it has not been taught in many years.
We would like to terminate this course. It is too specialized and has overlap with other courses that generate considerably more student interest. It has not been taught in many years.
Change an existing course
(GM) Symbolic Logic
The purpose of this action is to change the course title and level for PHI 3130 (GM) Symbolic Logic to PHI 2130 (GM) Introduction to Logic. We would like to change the title so that it is less confusing and intimidating for students. We would like to change the course level from 3000 to 2000 because this course will be part of the general education program, and the 2000 level will better demonstrate this to non-majors. The course description and learning objectives have been updated. New Course Description:
This course will introduce students to symbolic logic. In logic we study the principles of correct reasoning as revealed through language. In this course, students will study both how and why good reasoning works. Our focus will be on the principles of deductive reasoning (in contrast to inductive reasoning). In symbolic logic we use artificial, formal languages to study deductive inferences. In this course students will be introduced to and come to understand two such formal languages (sentential logic and predicate logic) in order to assess and construct good deductive arguments and test for other logical properties. This course satisfies a core requirement for the major in Philosophy. This course has no prerequisites.
Ethics and Literature
We would like to change the name of this course from PHI 3643 "Ethics and Literature" to PHI 2643 "Philosophy through Fiction", and move it from the 3000 level to the 2000 level, as it is on par with our other 2000 level courses in terms of content. We feel that the new title better conveys the content of the course and will be more attractive to students. We have also updated the course description and learning outcomes.
New Course Description:
This course explores the ways in which philosophy and literature inform one another. We will consider how philosophical positions, arguments, and problems are illustrated in works of fiction, and whether fiction itself can be a form of philosophy. Students should gain an understanding of several philosophical issues and positions, develop an appreciation of the importance of fictional narrative to the reflective understanding of life and how it may also inform philosophical theory, as well as the value of philosophy to literary criticism.
Philosophy of Psychiatry
We would like to rename this course, from the current PHI 4453 "Philosophy of Psychiatry" to PHI 3453 "Philosophy of Psychology", to better correspond with course content, and we would like to move this course from the 4000 level to the 3000 level, to better indicate to students the level of difficulty of the course. We would also like to remove the prerequisite of PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods, so that students from other majors will be able to take the course. We have updated the course description and learning objectives.
New Course Description:
This course examines the philosophical and ethical issues raised by the theory and practice of psychology. Questions to be considered are: What philosophical and ethical problems are raised by the very idea of mental health? In what sense do different approaches to psychological care embody different underlying philosophical assumptions? What different philosophical reasons are there for thinking that psychological treatment should be aimed at the mind, the brain, behavior, the self, the soul, or the whole person?
(FC) Japanese Philosophy
We would like to change the title of this course from "Japanese Philosophy through Culture" to "Japanese Philosophy". This title is more straightforward and better aligns with other course titles for similar subjects in our field.
This course is an introduction to Japanese philosophy through key elements of Japanese culture. We will explore Shinto, the indigenous world-view and practices of Japan; Japanese Buddhism, including Zen, Pure Land, and Nichiren; bushido, or the samurai spirit; distinctive contributions of Japanese thinkers to neo-Confucianism; and Japanese aesthetics. As we do so, we will explore the differences between orientalism and responsible approaches to non-western cultures and philosophies. We will also discuss Japanese responses to the Buddhist problem of original enlightenment, think through the role of ritualized activities in Japanese culture, and learn what the hierarchical nature of Japanese language can tell us about life in Japan.
We would like to change the title of this course from "Moral Conflict" to "Relativism and Disagreement". This better reflects the content of the course.
Disagreement concerning how we should live and what we should believe is widespread and persistent. A prevalent response to such disagreement is some kind of relativism – some claim that both parties to the disagreement are correct. In this course we will look at the case for and against ethical relativism (relativism about what we should do) and epistemic relativism (relativism about what we should believe). We will also look in a more direct way at the epistemic significance of disagreement itself. Can reasonable people come to different conclusions even when they have the same evidence? How should we modify our beliefs (if at all) when we encounter another who disagrees with us? And when (if ever) can beliefs be rationally maintained in the face of disagreement?
We would like to retitle this course "Critical Thinking: The Art of Reasoning". This will make the course content more clear to students. This does not involve any changes to course content.
This course is an introduction to the art of thinking and reasoning well. Thinking and reasoning well are of paramount importance for not only philosophy, science, history, politics, business, medicine, or engineering, but for any human endeavor that seeks to give rational support for its assertions. Throughout the course we will seek to refine the habits, patterns, and activities of thinking so as to become more careful, more critical, and more competent thinkers. We will do this by first cultivating the skills of identifying and evaluating arguments; we will then learn to identify patterns of bad reasoning and how to improve an argument. At various points in the course we will turn our critical thinking skills toward selected contemporary issues for analysis. By the time the course is finished, successful students will be more confident in analyzing the arguments of others, constructing their own arguments, and discoursing civilly with others about complex and contentious issues.
(GW) Contemp Ethical Issues
We would like to change the title of this course to "Critical Thinking: Ethical Issues". This will highlight for students that this course fulfills the critical thinking competency, while the focus of the course is on ethical issues.
This course is an introduction to thinking critically about a range of ethical issues. As such, we will examine the differences between opinions and positions, debates and arguments, and stereotypes and assumptions. We will learn to identify, analyze, and respond to arguments using ethical standards and logical criteria. Because ethical issues are often heated and emotionally charged, we will spend time focusing on how to listen to one another, building our community around intellectually safe inquiries. In order to engage these questions together, we will develop a basic theoretical framework from which to begin, and then drawing on significant philosophical theories of ethics, we will focus our attention on selected issues, which may include but are not limited to issues such as abortion, euthanasia, informed consent, research ethics, food justice, friendship, sex, cheating, and parenting.
We would like to retitle this course "American Philosophy". Although Pragmatism is one school of American Philosophy, the current instructor who teaches this course would like to be able to broaden the course material to include other schools and movements of American Philosophy. We also feel that this title will be more attractive to students who may not be familiar with Pragmatism.
This course is an introduction to the depth and variety of philosophical movements that have occurred in the Americas. While much of the course will focus on canonical philosophies and philosophers of the United States such as Charles Sanders Pierce, William James, and John Dewey, the course will also introduce students to Native and Latin American philosophers and philosophies.
Lies and Self Deception
We would like to change the level of this course from PHI 4674 Lies and Self Deception to PHI 3674 Lies and Self Deception to better reflect the content and difficulty of the course. We would also like to remove the prerequisite of PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods. We have updated the course description.
Self deception is a common phenomenon. In fact, most people seem to have a friend or family member who they think is self-deceived (e.g., about the faithfulness of his or her lover, about his or her beliefs concerning a particular religion or political party, etc.) This apparent ability to lie to oneself in the face of the evidence seems to be a rather contemptuous vice. However, recent psychological studies seem to suggest that at least some forms of self deception are life-enhancing. Thus, it might seem that self deception can be a virtue. In this course, we examine the nature of self deception, evaluate its ambiguous ethical status, and reflect on how these insights should affect the way that we live.
We would like to change the level of this course from PHM 3100 Social Philosophy to PHM 4100 Social Philosophy, to better reflect the content and difficulty of this course. The course description and learning outcomes have been updated.New Course Description:
This course is an advanced introduction to social philosophy. While most of philosophy focuses on ontological, transcendental, or otherwise universal categories, inhering either in being or the subject, social philosophers analyze the extent to which basic conditions and structures of experience are socially constituted or shaped. This involves a rethinking of rationality, agency, and freedom—even truth and meaning—as grounded in social structures or processes. The relation between social reality and normative issues like autonomy, rationality, and truth distinguishes social philosophy from sociology, while grounding normative issues in social processes differentiates social philosophy from other domains in philosophy. The course covers classic roots in Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, as well contemporary philosophers like Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas, Anthony Giddens, and Judith Butler.
We would like to change the level of this course from PHI 3641 Business Ethics to PHI 4641 Business Ethics. This course is taught as a cross-listed course with Management, and the Management course is a 4000 level course. Thus, the philosophy course has been taught as if it were a 4000 level course, although it was numbered as 3000. This change would allow the two courses to be consistent in their expectations for students.
This course examines the theoretical foundations of business ethics as well as various ethical issues which arise on personal, corporate, national, and global levels in the business world. The course will include an examination of a philosophical context for business ethics, an exploration of relevant ethical and social-political theories, and consideration and discussion of real-world business ethical issues. Readings and lectures will be complemented by class discussion and an ongoing focus on case studies.
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