INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
Who should take this course online?
Online courses are designed for highly motivated students who cannot or do not wish to come to campus because of their work schedules, family needs, or other reasons. Distance Learning students can control their own schedules by working with the course materials at their convenience.
This course is designed so that you can take it from anywhere in the world that has a reliable internet connection.
There are no spatial constraints, but there are some very specific temporal constraints:
Can you answer “YES” to the following questions?
This course runs for thirty days, and carries three semester-hours of college credit. An on-campus course of this sort would translate into daily class sessions of 75 minutes. This is approximately one-half of a normal course load for a student. Even if this is the only class you are taking during these thirty days, you will likely be juggling any number of other commitments, and many of you will be enrolled in two online courses at a time.
Do not enroll in this class unless you can give it, on average, three to four hours each day. The due dates for assignments are flexible, allowing you to shift the work around. For instance, you might be gone on a four day weekend — that’s fine, so long as you work ahead in anticipation of the absence. You can shift the work around, but you can’t make it go away, and you can’t put it off for more than a day or two.
This course is divided into modules, with a new module about every day (see the Schedule). I've included a few free days — often between sections of readings — which can provide time for you to catch your breath, catch up, or work ahead.
To succeed in this course, you need all of the above.