Philosophy Learning Objectives

BA (Philosophy Major)

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to:

  • analyze and interpret arguments
  • identify valid and invalid arguments
  • justify beliefs with reference to standards of proof
  • apply ethical reasoning to contemporary life
  • situate culturally-specific beliefs in a philosophical context
  • describe major philosophical trends and assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • apply historical understanding to key philosophical questions
  • evaluate information for its relevance and reliability 
     

Honours BA (Philosophy Major)

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to:

  • analyze and interpret arguments
  • analyze and interpret  key texts in the history of philosophy
  • identify valid and invalid arguments
  • justify beliefs with reference to standards of proof
  • evaluate and apply the rules of evidence
  • apply deductive reasoning to the analysis of natural language arguments
  • demonstrate a critical and skeptical attitude toward knowledge claims
  • evaluate contemporary ethical claims with reference to the history of philosophy
  • apply ethical reasoning to contemporary life
  • apply ethical reasoning in a professional context (e.g., business, health)
  • situate culturally-specific beliefs in a philosophical context
  • identify theoretical assumptions at work in other disciplines
  • discuss significant debates and changing practices within the profession of philosophy
  • describe major philosophical trends and assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • identify multiple possible explanations for perennial philosophical questions
  • apply historical understanding to key philosophical questions
  • evaluate information for its relevance and reliability
  • plan and conduct research that is accurate, thorough, and broadly based
  • communicate research results clearly and effectively (orally and written)