Courses

Philosophy courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels are all introductory, with no
prerequisites, and open to students in any year and in any faculty. Courses at
the 1000 level are introductory and general, while courses at the 2000 level are
introductory and focused on a particular area of philosophy. Please note that
not all courses may be offered every term.

List of courses currently available:

1000 Level

1000 Level courses: Introductory and general

PHIL 1000 6.0 Introduction to Philosophy provides an overview of several different areas within philosophy, and is recommended as a general introduction to the subject.

PHIL 1002 Justice, Law & Morality An introduction to the development of philosophical thinking about law, justice and punishment, from its origins in classical Greek, Hebrew and Roman thought, up to common law and civil law, and such modern theories as Mill's, Rousseau's, Burke's, Hegel's and Marx's.

PHIL 1100 3.0 The Meaning of Life is also an introductory course for those not acquainted with philosophy, but the course introduces it through discussion of questions concerning the meaning of life and death. This course is especially recommended for new students who have had some Philosophy in High School.

PHIL 1000 6.0, PHIL 1002 3.0 and PHIL 1100 3.0 are NOT prerequisites for further course work in philosophy, and both count towards fulfilling the degree requirements for course work in philosophy.

Majors can have a maximum of 9 credits of Philosophy applied towards their major at the 1000 level.

2000 Level

2000 level courses are introductory and focused.

Courses at the 2000 level in philosophy serve as an introduction to a particular area or subject matter in philosophy. They do not require any previous training in philosophy, and they have no prerequisites. They may be taken by any student in the university.

Some students may take these courses because they have had some previous acquaintance with the subject and want to pursue a university-level introduction to a particular aspect of philosophy. Others may find themselves curious about the subject matter discussed in a particular course and be drawn to it without any previous background in philosophy.

These courses are designed to be of interest to philosophy majors and to those who may be pursuing philosophy as an elective subject. These courses may be taken at the same time as philosophy courses at the 1000 level. Some of these courses serve as pre-requisites for the 3000 and 4000 level courses.

3000 Level

Philosophy courses at the 3000 level have prerequisites on a course by course basis. In many cases there is a general requirement that the student has taken 6 credits in philosophy. This reflects the fact that students at the 3000 level are expected to have some familiarity with philosophical questions, but not all courses expect students to have studied any particular background or taken any particular course. Other courses, however, do have a specific requirement, and for these courses some specific background is presupposed. Pre-requisites are in place to ensure a student's ability to succeed in the course and should be taken seriously.

4000 Level

Philosophy courses at the 4000 level are small seminar courses in which student attendance and participation in discussion are important parts of the learning experience. These courses are intended for students who have taken several 3000 level courses. In addition to that there may be specific prerequisites for individual courses.