MW 1:30 pm -
2:45 pm in Hagen Hall 208
Description: An introduction to Western
philosophical thinking and methods through an examination of selected figures and movements from the history of the discipline.
Course Goals Relevant to Dragon Core Status:
1. Demonstrate, in writing and/or discussion, awareness of the scope and variety of works in an area (or areas) of the arts and/or humanities.
2. Explain how those works are expressions of individual and human values within historical and social contexts.
3. Analyze and/or critically evaluate works of human imagination and thought in discussion and/or writing.
4. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and/or humanities.
Plato, Republic (G.N.A.
Reeve translation) (ISBN 978-0872201361)
Late work that does not receive prior authorization to be late cannot receive a grade above C+. The best way to receive prior authorization by speaking to me or by telephoning me and leaving a message on my voice mail, or contacting me by email.
To count for credit, in-class writing must be submitted during the class period in which it is written. In-class writing will often draw upon the assigned readings in the text. This is done to encourage you to do the readings before coming to class.
These essays are short, focused analyses of a philosophical thesis. It must be typed or word-processed, doubled-spaced, and about 400 words in length. Your essay must have a cover page with a title, your name, and the word count. Do not put your name anywhere else on your essay. Reaction essays that are grammatically horrid cannot receive a grade above C.
YOU MAY SUBMIT THESE AT ANY TIME, SUBJECT TO THESE RULES:
The content is simple:
First Reaction Essay is
due no later than Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Second Reaction Essay is due no later than Monday, Nov. 22.
Read the assignment in advance of class on the date indicated.
Final exam: 3:00 pm on Monday, Dec. 13 --YOU MUST BRING A BLUE BOOK
The final exam will be an in-class written exam. You must bring a "blue book" (an exam booklet available in the MSUM bookstore). You will have access to your books and notes.
Notice of disability services
The Minnesota State University of Moorhead is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment and welcomes students with disabilities. We are prepared to to offer you a range of services to accommodate your needs.
However, students must accept responsibility for initiating the request for services.
Students with disabilities who believe they may need an accommodation in this class are encouraged to contact Greg Toutges, Coordinator of Disability Services at 477-2131 (Voice) or 1-800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY), CMU 114 as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.
Plagiarism is passing off somebody else's writing or ideas as your own. There is nothing wrong in consulting any number of sources to help you understand what we are studying (whether an article in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy or a web site or Cliffs Notes) but it is stealing to take material without first paraphrasing it completely into your own words, or without placing it in quotation marks. (Rule of thumb: if you take more than two consecutive words from a source, put them in quotation marks, and if the idea behind a sentence comes from an outside source, acknowledge that source!) Any time you consult and draw on ideas from any source, you should cite your source. Taking ideas from another person and pretending that they are your own, original thoughts, is also plagiarism. The fact that your source was an assigned text for the course does not mitigate or lessen the seriousness of plagiarism.
Students sometimes claim unintentional or accidental plagiarism. It is difficult for an instructor to judge whether the plagiarism was intentional or unintentional. Basically, the latter occurs when a student reads a secondary source or takes notes, writes a paper without looking at the source or the notes, and accidentally uses phrasing and ideas from that source. Or a student may attempt to paraphrase an author's ideas, but fails to put it completely into his or her own words. (If you paraphrase and don't cite your source, that's evidence of intentional plagiarism.)
If evidence demonstrates that you have plagiarized any part of any written assignment for the course, the offense will be reported to the Vice President for Student Affairs and you will receive a failing grade for the course.
In short, if you use an outside source, simply provide footnotes or citations in parentheses where appropriate. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE
INTERPRETING YOUR GRADE FOR ESSAYS
Grade of "A": An excellent essay in all respects. Clear, grammatical, well organized, and progresses logically, with all elements relevant to the topic. Exhibits both original thought and an accurate grasp of the material. Grammatical errors kept to a minimum.
Grade of "B": A good essay, but not outstanding. Overall organization is clear and coherent, although minor weaknesses may be present. Accurate presentation of material, but generally presents the minimum needed. Limited original thought. A few minor or subtle errors in punctuation and/or spelling.
Grade of "C": A satisfactory paper. Shows basic understanding, with some deficiencies. Organization not always clear and transitions abrupt or lacking. May contain irrelevant material. Weak support of ideas. Occasional grammatical mistakes, or sloppiness which could have been avoided.
Grade of "D": Minimally acceptable work. Marginal grasp of material, ineffective or confusing presentation. Summarizes the most obvious aspects of the material, but otherwise tends to be irrelevant. Little or no organization. Contains major grammatical problems.
Grade of "F": Unsatisfactory. Superficial, incoherent, and/or irrelevant. Writing ability verges on illiteracy. Plagiarism.
Last updated Aug. 25, 2010