Study Plan

Study Plan 2022 - 2024 

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Study Plan 2021 - 2023 

As detailed below​

Course Title 
Course Code
Credit Hours

First Semester​ ​
Logic and  Methods in Philosophy
​3 Credit Hours 
Issues in Modern and Contemporary Western Philosophy
​3 Credit Hours 
Program Elective course Issues in Greek Philosophy
PHIL 615
​3 Credit Hours 
Issues in the Study of Social Sciences and Humanities 
​3 Credit Hours 

Semester​ ​

Philosophy of Ethics and Justice
3 Credit Hours
Contemporary Arab Political Thought
3 Credit Hours
Western Social Philosophy
PHIL 618
3 Credit Hours
Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy
PHIL 6193 Credit Hours
Philosophical Texts in English
​0 Credit Hours

​Third Semester 

Philosophy of Democracy and Human Rights
3 Credit Hours
 Elective Course
3 Credit Hours
Interdisciplinary Course 
3 Credit Hours
Interdisciplinary Course 

3 Credit Hours
Fourth Semester 

Dissertation - Philosophy


​ 6 Credit Hours 

Total Credit Hours 

42 Credit Hours

 Elective Courses

PHIL 629 Special Topic in Philosophy

This course presents philosophical research on issues of culture and civilization in the European and American thought since the eighteenth century, with emphasis on texts from the first half of the twentieth century. It begins with the philosophy of Herder and ends with the works of Malik Bennabi, Constantine Zureik and Mohamed Shawky El-Zein, passing through Schweitzer, Oswald Spengler and Toynbee. The course is also concerned with the Arabic translations of some of their books, and the acceptance of Arab thinkers with their theses and theories.

PHIL 630 Modern and Contemporary Arab Social Philosophy

This course discusses Arab social thought in the second half of the twentieth century, as embodied in intellectual writings or those writings that fall within the framework of social sciences, such as sociology and anthropology, or practice psychoanalysis as a social criticism. The course refers at the same time to examples of fictional writings and cinematic works that touched on the social issue and diagnosed the “pathologies” striking Arab societies, especially in the persistence of the patriarchal structure; social fatalism; reducing education to taming; cultural and heritage alienation; consumerism; and separation between the body and subjectivity, and all this is in the horizon of thinking in an Arab social philosophy, linked to a question instantaneous.

PHIL 635 Modern and Contemporary Arab Philosophy

The Contemporary Arab Philosophy course focuses on the most prominent issues addressed in philosophical discussions in the Arab world over the second half of the twentieth century. The following four main issues are focused on: The issue of philosophical independence, modernity and heritage, philosophy of religion, and questions of reason and criticism. In each theme, a number of texts that deal with the topic from different angles and positions will be presented for critical discussion. The readings and discussions aim to crystallize the philosophical elements in the issues raised and examine their postulations, arguments, and results.

PHIL 636 Issues in Islamic Philosophy

The Course directly address the most important theoretical problematic issues, especially metaphysics - without neglecting some aspects of moral and political practical philosophy - which were raised in the medieval era, starting with the most prominent theological schools such as (Jabriya, Mutazila and Ashari) and ending with the main problematic issues addressed by the great philosophers of Islam such as Al-Kindi, Al-Farabi and Ibn Sina - Also Ibn Rushd. This course focuses mainly on considering texts directly, which gives the student different skills, especially the processing techniques, comprehension and analysis of texts, and comparing texts with each other.

 Core Courses

PHIL 611 Logic and Method in Philosophy

The course aims to study the method(s) of philosophical research, based on the concepts and mechanisms of analysis provided to us by modern logic. The course begins with an introduction to the main concepts of logic and introduces students to the science of logic method in analyzing language and building proofs.

PHIL 001 Philosophical Texts in English

This course deals with a number of terms, concepts and basic issues through philosophical texts in English. Texts that represent different fields of philosophical thought are selected from the historical eras recognized in the history of philosophy (Greek, medieval, Islamic, modern, and contemporary). The course aims to develop students' ability to study research papers and books published in English, due to their importance in broadening research horizons through openness to global thought in the philosophical field.

PHIL 613 Philosophy of Democracy and Human Rights

This course examines the multiple and interrelated relationships between the concept(s) of democracy and the concept(s) of human rights. The course discusses the most prominent democracy concepts, including the different conceptions, such as those referred to as liberal democracy, consultative democracy, participatory democracy and radical democracy. It also examines various theories, perceptions and concepts of human rights, outlining their scope and philosophical foundations. In so doing, the course keeps in mind the conversions of concepts and assumptions used in the relevant debates, as well as the related tensions, dilemmas, and prospects for possible solutions.‏

PHIL 614 Issues in Modern and Contemporary Western Philosophy

Two important issues of Modern Philosophy will be examined in this course: the issue of freedom and the issue of equality. The aim will be to study the aspects of the relationship between two basic values of the modern era that determined the position of man in the world, his conception of himself and his relationship with the other, whether this other is the absolute transcendent or other human selves. This course will address this relationship according to the formulas it adopted in the various philosophies of modernity and contemporary times, whether in terms of communication and coexistence, where the presence of one party is a cause for the existence of the other, or in terms of separation and disharmony, where the fulfillment of the requirement of one party is always at the expense of meeting the requirements of the other party.

PHIL 615 Issues in Greek Philosophy

The course's lectures deal with the careful consideration of the main issues in Greek philosophy. They are concerned with the consideration, analysis, understanding, discussion and evaluation of the philosophies that had the greatest impact in shaping the human “philosophical lesson” in later ages, especially the Platonic, Aristotelian and Stoic.

PHIL 616 Philosophy of Ethics and Justice

In this course, we present an introduction to the philosophy of ethics as it developed in the modern context, from Kant, through Hegel and Nietzsche, to Adorno and Levinas. We firstly address the Kantian conception of Kantian morality, which is based on duty, and secondly, the criticism of Kantian morality with Hegel, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, before, thirdly, we start to address “Philosophy of ethics as a first philosophy;” by this, I mean especially Adorno’s “negative controversy” and criticizing the ideology of identity, and the ethics of Levinas that are based on a critique of freedom, as it was founded by Western philosophy in its various trends. Through this course, students will be able to identify the various ethical trends in modern and contemporary philosophy. They will also learn, through Theodor Adorno and his discussion of pain and injustice, or Levinas and his criticism of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, and look into Sartre's conception of subjectivism, about the pathologies of modernity and its deviations towards the “universal.”

PHIL 617 Contemporary Arab Political Thought

This course aims to present a number of central issues in modern and contemporary Arab political thought for critical discussion by studying some of the foundational texts of this thought. The course consists of two main parts: The first part is concerned with placing these issues in the broader context of modern and contemporary Arab thought, and a second part is concerned with some central concepts in Arab political thought.

PHIL 618 Western Social Philosophy

This course provides an introduction to social philosophy and defines its concept, history and relationship with sociology on the one hand, and opens up to its multiple treatments of different social problems on the other hand. Starting from the contribution of the well-known American philosopher John Dewey, special emphasis will be placed on the following issues (1) the distinction between science and social philosophy, (2) the relation of social philosophy to action and social activism, and (3) the question of normativity vs description of social phenomena.

PHIL 619 Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy

This course aims to present the concept of the modern state in terms of a nation-state that provides a human society framework that is distinct from the one provided historically by the city-state, the tribal-state, or the imperial-state. It seeks to highlight the formative differences between the modern state and the state in its ancient forms, by considering two central concepts that have become inherent to the idea of the state in modern and contemporary times, which are: Sovereignty and legality. Although they are old, these two concepts have undergone re-melting and formulation in philosophy and in modern and contemporary political thought to make them able to express the transforming reality of the modern state.

PHIL 699 Philosophy Dissertation

The Dissertation reflects a cumulative, complex achievement, building on the knowledge and skills acquired over a long course of study. Each student has a supervisor that accompanies her/him during the different phases of the thesis. Beginning in the second semester, students choose a research topic and embark on preparing a research design for the thesis. By working independently, completing the research project, and submitting the thesis, students develop and enhance their critical and reflective capacities, enabling them to engage with the social and cultural realties around them.