2012-2013 TMCC College Catalog
Introduction to Ethics
This course introduces ethical theory in the context of case studies drawn from literature, films and the media. The course introduces
students to classical and modern examples of ethical theory such as ethical relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, the categorical imperative
and theories of moral development.
Special Topics in Philosophy
0.50 - 6.00
Various short courses and experimental classes covering a variety of subjects. The course will be a variable credit of one-half to six credits
depending on the course content and number of hours required. The course may be repeated for up to six credits. This course may not
transfer to a baccalaureate degree of art or science within the universities in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).
The Judeo-Christian Tradition
The major religious/philosophic beliefs found in the Old and New Testaments will be studied along with the way these concepts were
modified in post-Biblical through modern times. Concepts that will be surveyed include: Biblical cosmology, the nature of deity, salvation,
worship, the authority of scripture, the authority of the religious instruction, life after death, etc. Satisfies UNR CH 201.
Philosophy Goes to the Movies
This course introduces participants to philosophical problems dramatized through the medium of film. Participants will experience
complex philosophical problems underlying many of the films produced for popular consumption or regarded as classic films. The films
will function as case studies allowing analysis of ethical issues and aesthetic values. The films or film clips presented will follow
background readings and discussion of the philosophical contexts important to understanding the issues involved.
Introduction to Existentialism
Readings from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Sartre, Heidegger. An examination of the existentialist concepts 'being' and 'nonbeing',
'estrangement', 'dread', 'anxiety' and 'freedom.'
Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy
Introduces current philosophical thought from several areas of study, including postmodern philosophy, science, theology, art, psychology,
and the social sciences. Introduces major movements of twentieth century thought: neo-Kantianism, dialectical materialism,
phenomenology, existentialism, neo-positivism, and American pragmatism.
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Major political philosophers, e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Macchiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, on topics such as justice, freedom,
equality, tyranny, war, racism, sexism, power, consent and economics. Co-listed with Political Science 227.
The main moral and religious views of world religions are discussed. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism
Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
Philosophical problems and implications of historical and contemporary scientific inquiry, e.g., the nature of laws, theories, explanations,
scientific revolutions, values, relations of science and society.
Introduction to Indian Philosophy
In this course students will survey the remarkable unfolding of Indian religion and philosophy from 500 B.C. to modern times. Readings
include translations of original works or commentaries on Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Vedantism, as well as a historical survey that
puts the readings in context. Students will explore consciousness, meditation, reincarnation and parallels between Eastern and Western
This course provides a balanced systematic, unbiased ethical framework designed to help students understand and analyze a wide range of
issues currently controversial in medicine or that are likely to arise in the future. Treatment of such issues as abortion and euthanasia,
cloning, genetic screening, just health care, patients' rights, the use of human and animal subjects in research.
TMCC College Catalog 2012-2013
* This course might not transfer to a baccalaureate degree of art or science within the universities in the Nevada System of Higher Education
(NSHE). If you plan to pursue a four-year degree, check with the institution where you intend to transfer to learn whether this course will count
toward the degree you intend to seek.