North Teaches Philosophy Basics
North’s Department of Philosophy offers a variety of courses to introduce students to the basics of philosophy and simultaneously satisfy requirements for the AA degree, prerequisites for a BA, transfer credit or personal enrichment. At North students discover how philosophical thought is central to human life and how its study helps develop critical thinking.
Current courses include Introduction to Philosophy; Bioethics; Introduction to Logic; and Philosophy of Religion.
Most philosophy courses at North focus on the use of primary sources rather than textbooks, so you discuss original classical and contemporary thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, Mill, Kant, Schopenhauer and Buber, among others.
The curriculum is rigorous with high standards and a focus on active participation. Online courses emphasize the same participation in class discussions, but now with classmates from outside the U.S. as well as from across the country. Each class has its own Web site.
Philosophy courses regularly link with Integrated Studies programs. The Philosophy department was one of the initiators of the integrated studies movement at North Seattle College.
The Carnegie Foundation selected Jim Harnish, former philosophy department faculty, as a Carnegie Scholarship of Teaching and Learning scholar and initiated the establishment of the original Human Subjects Review Committee on campus.
The Human Subjects Review Committee oversees the safety of subjects involved in research and makes human subjects research in all areas of the College feasible. Few community colleges have such a committee. Melissa Grinley is current chair.