Students are expected to do the reading for the day before class and analyze it so we can discuss it and answer questions. This will be assessed through a series of small assignments. These can be graded or credit/no credit. These assignments will take different forms depending on the material. Students might be given a passage and asked to explain it in the context of the reading. Students might be given a short reading quiz at the beginning of class. Students might be asked to select the most important passage and justify their decision. The only guiding principle is that these assignments will be short and aimed a being sure that students have basic understanding of the material. Assignments will be posted on webpage.
Three essay tests are required for this course. These will be taken in class and without the use of books, notes or partners. The essays will be graded on clarity, ability to isolate and explain the relevant arguments, detail, and accuracy.
Three essays are required for this course. These essays should do four things.
- They should identify a concept or topic, e.g., happiness.
- They should explain one philosopher's views on the concept or topic and how it's related to other philosopher's.
- The essay should use a practical, contemporary application of the concept to illustrate the philosopher's specific ideas, i.e., what makes it different from the others.
- The argument for the specific conception of the concept or topic.
These essays should be rigidly structured according to these three requirements.They should be 1500-2500 words exclusive of the works cited page and follow MLA style requirements. Evaluations must be emailed to me by the end of the exam period, i.e., 7:45p. Send it as a PDF
The assignments will be worth:
- Small Assignments: 20%
- Tests: 40% (10+15+15)
- Evaluations: 40% (10+15+15)