Graduate Course Descriptions

Graduate Course Descriptions

The complete list of courses offered on a rotating basis can be found in the LMU Bulletin with graduate Level seminars beginning at PHIL 6100.

FALL 2017

  • PHIL 6200: Philosophy of Science

    Course Title: Philosophy of Science

    Date/Time: Tuesday, 4:00 - 6:30pm

    Instructor: Shanahan, Timothy

    Course Description: 

    A detailed philosophical examination of some aspect of natural science. Topics might include science and pseudoscience, scientific explanation, theoretic confirmation, laws of nature, scientific revolutions, scientific realism, and social constructivism.

  • PHIL 6565: Classics of Chinese Philosophy

    Course Title: Classics of Chinese Philosophy

    Date/Time: Monday, 4:00 - 6:30pm

    Instructor: Robin Wang

    Course Description:

    A study of the classic texts of the Confucian and Daoist traditions, including the Analects, Mencius, Doctrine of the Mean, The Great Learning, Daodejing, Zhuangzi, and The Art of War.

  • PHIL 6704: Plato

    Course Title: Plato

    Date/Time: Tuesday, 4:00 - 6:30pm

    Instructor: Mike D. Morelli

    Course Description:

    An exploration of selected dialogues, informed by a study of the various interpretations of the dialogues from Aristotle to the present. 

  • PHIL 6746: Kierkegaard

    Course Title: Kierkegaard

    Instructor: Elizabeth Murray

    Date/Time: TBA

    Course Description:

    A study of Kierkegaard’s philosophical psychology through an examination of his pseudonymous works, including Either/Or, Fear and Trembling, Repetition, The Concept of Anxiety, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, and The Sickness Unto Death.

  • PHIL 6990: Teacher Orientation/Practicum

    Course TitleTeacher Orientation/Practicum 

    Section Times/Days: TBA

    Instructor: Mark Morelli

    Course Description: 

    The Teaching Orientation and Practicum (TOP) is a two-semester sequence of eight workshops (beginning in January and ending in April) that prepares M.A. candidates in philosophy to serve as teaching assistants, to lead class discussions, and to teach an introductory course in philosophy through readings, writing assignments, discussions, interviews with professors, and the construction of a course syllabus. This is a non-credit course that leads to the granting of a certificate of participation. Students must register for TOP for both Spring and Fall semesters to complete the program. M.A. students who participate in TOP are eligible to apply for positions as Teaching Fellows.

    Student Learning Outcomes:  

    By successful completion of this course, students will:

    • Understand the fundamentals of good college instruction.
    • Be able to enter the classroom with confidence when teaching their first college course.
    • Value excellence in college instruction.

    Prerequisites/recommended background:

    Restricted to students matriculated in the Philosophy M.A. program, who normally register for TOP during their second and third semesters.

    Course Work/Expectations: 

    On-time attendance and participation in at least six of the eight workshops; completion of all eight writing assignments, interviews, and exercises.

  • PHIL 6995: Oral Examinations

    Course Title: Oral Examinations

    Section Times/Days: TBA

    Instructor: Tom Ward