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This course aims at being an introduction to philosophical thinking in general rather than providing a full survey of philosophical disciplines, their methods, doctrines and leading ideas. It takes the word philosophy merely in its formation in the Western world rather than as philosophies of the world. However, there will be some related discussions regarding the philosophies of non-Western world. It is designed to serve as an introduction to the most basic questions about which philosophers seek to understand and to which they look for answers. Who am I? Where did I come from? How did everything come into being? Was something created from zero? Does God exist? Do humans have free will? How knowledge has been formulated? Are our body and mind separated? Emphasis will be given to a critical but open-minded approach to these basic but not limited to the above mentioned questions.

Some attention will be given to the history of philosophy and contemporary reflections. The ultimate goal is to assist the student in better understanding of these philosophical issues and how they continue to shape his or her worldview and day to day activities.

For anyone interested in sociology this course is highly recommended since this is an introductory course in sociology, with particular emphasis on sociological concepts and theories; social institutions and networking; social problems and change; and methods of sociological investigation. Understanding basic concepts and theories of sociology would inspire students searching for the root causes of social problems and applying their knowledge and skill to resolve those problems for making the world more livable for everybody.

The main objective of this course is to enable students thinking sociologically. However, the key objectives are following:

  • To understand the background of sociology and other social sciences
  • To understand the major social and intellectual forces of the development of sociology
  • To be familiar with the key sociologists and their contribution
  • To understand and master the principal aspects of society and human groups
  • To understand the sociological methods of knowledge production