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Department of Philosophy & IDC

 

Introduction

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Sir Thomas ArnoldThe Department cherishes the rare distinction of being not only the oldest Postgraduate Department of GC University, Lahore, but also of being the Alma Mater of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the poet philosopher of Pakistan. Since its inception in 1868, eminent thinkers and teachers like Thomas Arnold, Dr. Muhammad lqbal, S. G. Brett, L.P.  Saunders and G. N. Chatterji had been contributing to its academic development.

 

During its long history, the Department has continued to be one of the most important centers of philosophical learning in South Asia, especially noted for the promotion of the spirit of free inquiry and critical thinking. The department has made significant contribution to the promotion of liberal values in the University.

 

Keeping in view the demands of changing times the Department has been renamed as “Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies”; since it vows to develop an interdisciplinary space for Philosophy in the academic arena through innovative and interactive teaching. The department strives to create an academic environment which could promote learning to philosophize and actuate intellectual skills to employ contemporary philosophical models for the cultural re-orientation of Philosophy in Pakistani society. To explore new job opportunities for the Philosophy graduates is also one of the topmost priorities of the Department.

 

Facilities

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The Department possesses basic requirements for quality teaching and research. At present, it has computers, printers and internet connection. However, its real strength lies in the rich collection of latest books and journals available at Central and Postgraduate Libraries.

 

Career Prospects

 

Due to their training in logic and conceptual analysis, our degree holders in Philosophy perform exceptionally well in the sectors of civil service and the interdisciplinary job market of NGOs and Print & Electronic Media, etc. Teaching is also an open choice of which the horizons are widening.

 

The Department possesses basic requirements for quality teaching and research. At present, it has computers, printers and internet connection. However, its real strength lies in the rich collection of latest books and journals available at Central and Postgraduate Libraries. Further resources are in pipeline.

 

Special Features

 

The Department has following special features:

 

Brett Philosophical Society

 

The oldest Society of the University provides the students and the staff with a platform for active and regular philosophical dialogue on contemporary issues.

 

Research Journal

 

Quest, the research journal of the Department of Philosophy & Interdisciplinary Studies regularly publishes the research articles of reputed national and international scholars.

 

Academic Links

 

Following international links are in process:

 

  • Southampton University UK, (International) Joint Conferences, Seminars)

  • Calcutta University, Kolkatta, India (International) Students / Faculty Exchange

  • Millia University, New Delhi, India, (International) Faculty Training

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (International) Joint Curriculum Development

 

Career Scope/Opportunities

 

Due to their training in logic and conceptual analysis, our degree holders in Philosophy perform exceptionally well in the sectors of civil service and the interdisciplinary job market of NGOs and Print & Electronic Media, etc. Teaching is also an open choice of which the horizons are widening.

 

Academic Programme

 

The Department is offering following two programmes:

  • BA (Hons.)

  • M.Phil

Many new courses and revised syllabi have been introduced at BA (Hons.) level, in the light of contemporary vision of Philosophy, not only as theoretical wisdom but also as the most powerful interdisciplinary discourse and explanatory practice. Similarly the department is offering a number of new interdisciplinary courses in BA/BSc (Hons) programme to broaden their vision and inculcate philosophical insight in their respective areas of study.

 

Research Groups / Research Strengths

 

The Department of Philosophy & Interdisciplinary Studies has a strong practice of quality research since its inception in 1868. The Department is proud of its luminaries and celebrities. Even today the Department is carrying forward this practice with vigour and enthusiasm. Currently following six groups are busy with the diversified research activities:

  • Philosophy of Social Sciences

  • Philosophy and Computation

  • Bio-Medical Ethics

  • Religion in the Contemporary World

  • Environmental Ethics and Politics

  • Philosophy of Education

The Department has requisite human and material resources to conduct and supervise quality research. The research papers of the faculty are finding place in the renowned international journals.

 

Courses

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BA (Hons.) Philosophy

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Year – 1

Semester - I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL – 1101

Introduction to Philosophy

3

Semester - II

PHIL – 1201

Problems of Philosophy 

3

 

Year – 2

Semester - III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL – 2101

Philosophy and the Contemporary World

3

Semester - IV

PHIL – 2201

History of Greek Philosophy

3

PHIL – 2202

Theoretical Ethics

3

 

Year – 3

Semester - V

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL – 3101

Modern Western Philosophy – I

3

PHIL – 3102

Logic – I

3

PHIL – 3103

Classical Muslim Philosophy – I

3

PHIL – 3104

Applied Ethics

3

  Elective Course  

Elective Course

PHIL – 3105

Philosophy of Education

3

PHIL – 3106

Epistemology and Metaphysics

3

PHIL – 4104

Philosophy of Social Science

3

PHIL – 4107

Philosophy of Art

3

Semester - VI

PHIL – 3201

Modern Western Philosophy – II

3

PHIL – 3202

Logic – II

3

PHIL – 3203

Classical Muslim Philosophy – II

3

PHIL – 3206

Induction and Science

3

  Elective Course

3

 

Year – 4 

Semester - VII

Elective - I (Any one of the Following)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL – 4101

Continental Philosophy: Phenomenology and Existentialism

3

PHIL – 4102

Marxism

3

PHIL – 4103

Analytical Philosophy

3

 

Elective I

 
  Elective II  

PHIL – 4299

Research Work/Thesis

3

Elective - Courses

PHIL – 4105

Philosophy of Religion

3

PHIL – 4106

Philosophy of Law

3

PHIL – 4108

Philosophy of Language

3

Semester - VIII

PHIL – 4201

Continental Philosophy: From Structuralism to Post Modernism

3

PHIL – 4202

Twentieth Century American Philosophy

3

3

 

Elective III

 
  Elective IV  

PHIL – 4299

Research Work/Thesis

3

Elective (Any two of the Following)

PHIL-4203

Critical Theory

3

PHIL-4205

Philosophy of Literature

3

PHIL-4206

Post-Colonial Theory

3

PHIL-4207

Special Philosopher: Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

3

PHIL-4209

Special Philosopher: Bertrand Russell

3

PHIL-4210

Special Philosopher: Ludwig Wittgenstein

3

PHIL-4211

Special Philosopher: Hegel

3

PHIL-4212

Special Philosopher: Heidegger

3

PHIL-4213

Business Ethics

3

PHIL-4214

Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

3

PHIL-4215

Philosophy of Computing and Information

3

PHIL-4216

Special Philosopher: Alain Badiou

3

PHIL-4217

Special Philosopher: Slavoj Zizek

3

 

Allied Courses

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Year – 1

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL – 1101

Introduction to Philosophy

3

Semester – II

PHIL – 1201

Problems of Philosophy 

3

 

Year – 2

Semester – III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL – 2101

Philosophy and the Contemporary World

3

Semester – IV

PHIL – 2201

History of Greek Philosophy

3

 

IDC

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

IDC – 1101

History of Civilization

3

IDC – 1102

History of Science

3

IDC – 1103

Classics of World Literature

3

IDC – 1104

Logic & Critical Thinking

3

IDC – 1105

Education. Culture and Society

3

IDC – 1106

Lahore: History & Architecture

3

IDC – 1107

Major Religions of the World

3

IDC – 1108

Introduction to Environmental Studies

3

IDC – 1109

Health and Sports

3

IDC – 1110

Introduction to Cultural Geography

3

IDC – 1111

Library Information Science

3

 

M.Phil Programme

 

Year - 1

Semester - I (Any Four of the Following)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHIL-7101

Indian Philosophy

3

PHIL-7102

Philosophy of Science

3

PHIL-7103

Philosophy of Literature

3

PHIL-7104

Post Colonial Theory

3

PHIL-7105

Philosophy of Law

3

PHIL-7106

Philosophy of Education

3

Semester – II (Any Four of the Following)

PHIL-7201

Modern Muslim Thought

3

PHIL-7202

Contemporary Exposition of Sufi Doctrine

3

PHIL-7203

Bio-Medical Ethics

3

PHIL-7204

Philosophy of Religion

3

PHIL-7205

Social Epistemology

3

PHIL-7206

Metaphilosophy

3

Year – 2

Semester – III & IV

Phil-7299

Thesis

12

Note: The scheme of studies/courses are subject to change and revision.

Faculty

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Name

Designation

Area of Interest

Azam  Khan,

M.A. (PU)

Chairperson/Associate Professor

i. Logic

ii. Analytical Philosophy

iii. Philosophy of Language

iv. Twentieth Century American Philosophy

Dr. Sobia Tahir,

Ph.D (PU), TTS

Assistant Professor

i .Philosophy of Religion

ii. Muslim Philosophy

iii. Literature

iv. Translation

v. Peace Activism

vi. Modern Western Philosophy

Dr. Alwin Vincent Murad,

Ph. D (Philippines)  TTS

Assistant Professor

i. Faiz Ahmad Faiz

ii. Hermeneutics

iii. Culture

iv. Philosophy of Religion

v. Philosophy of Education

vi. Phenomenology of Religion

Yasir Sultan,

M.A. (GCUL)

Assistant Professor

i. Logic and Critical Thinking

ii. Ethics

iii. Philosophy of Education

Muhammad Afzal Khan,

M. Phil (GCUL)

Lecturer

i. History of Philosophy

ii. German Idealism

iii. Phenomenology and Existentialism

Rubina Kokab,

M.A. (GCUL)

Lecturer

i. Greek Philosophy

ii. Induction and Science

Shahram Sarwar,

B.A. Hons. (GCUL)

Lecturer

 

Sobia Jameel

MA (PU)

Lecturer

 

Muhammad Waseem Akhtar

 

Lecturer

 

Muhammad Atif Shafiq

Lecturer

 

Muhammad Javed Bajwa

Lecturer

 

Visiting/Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Anjum Rehmani
Dr. M. Tufail Salik
Dr. Kaiser Mehmood
Humaira Maqsood

 

Journals & Publications

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The research journal "Quest" of the Department which serves as a forum for the advanced level critical and creative expression in the various fields of Philosophy and interdisciplinary Studies.

 

 

Contact Us

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Azam  Khan

Chairperson/Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

GC University, Lahore

UAN: +92 (42) 111-000-010 Ext: 241

Email: prof_azamkhan@yahoo.com, azamkhan325@hotmail.com

 

 

 


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