Philosophy: The Big Picture

Enrollment Message:

This course is designed as an exploratory learning opportunity and may not meet a school’s requirements for credit or grade. Please check with school administration prior to enrollment if a student intends to take the course for credit or grade to insure that the school will award such upon successful completion.

This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2500 years. Along the way, you’ll run in to some very strange characters. For example, you’ll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You’ll read about another man who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd behavior, these and other philosophers of the Western world are among the most brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you read about them, you’ll see where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western civilization came from. You’ll also get the chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great thinkers pondered. At the end, you’ll have a better understand of yourself and the world around you, from atoms to outer space and everything in between. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Explain the main characteristics of philosophers and philosophy.

• Evaluate classical Greek philosophers and their influences on modern philosophy.

• Analyze a variety of eighteenth century philosophical schools of thought including stoicism, skepticism, and cynicism.

• Summarize the roles and influences of philosophers and major institutions (such as the Catholic Church) in Medieval Europe.

• Compare and contrast influential Western philosophers and philosophies including Kant, Locke, Hume, Erasmus, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche.

• Evaluate the role of modern philosophical schools of thought including pragmatism, phenomenology, and existentialism.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: The World of Wonder

Unit 2: From Mythology to Philosophy

Unit 3: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

Unit 4: Hellenistic Philosophy – How Can Humans be Happy?

Unit 5: Christianity and Philosophy in the Middle Ages

Unit 6: The Rise of Modern Western Philosophy

Unit 7: Western Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century

Unit 8: Western Philosophy in the Twentieth Century

Resources Included: All resources are included within the course lessons.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/
Students must also have access to YouTube.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: This course is designed as an exploratory learning opportunity and may not meet a school’s requirements for credit or grade. Please check with school administration prior to enrollment if a student intends to take the course for credit or grade to insure that the school will award such upon successful completion.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: Common Core State Standards-ELA
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 04306
MDE Endorsement Code: PS - Philosophy
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus