320 -- Philosophy of the Arts
WRITING ASSIGNMENTS Fall 2012
This is a Writing Intensive Course. The quality of your formal writing will affect your course grade. Most of your course grade is based on formal essays that you write. The first of these essays will be submitted as a draft. It will be submitted to the instructor for comments before it is completed.
The course combines informal writing (your "real questions"), integrative formal writing in which you will explain, integrate, and evaluate material covered in the assigned readings (five essays), and one less formal essay (a final exam).
Robert Hughes, one of the most articulate and important art critics of recent years, has said this about the process of writing: “My main impulse for writing a book was to force myself to find out about things I didn't know. … Otherwise, why do it at all?” This point encapsulates my goals for having you write. Writing is a mode of exploration. There is no reason to write except to find out things you did not already know, including things about yourself, such as your own position on controversial topics.
Writing Intensive Outcomes
Grammar, Spelling, & Writing Mechanics
Carefully proofread your papers. For the final versions of assigned papers, I will accept no more than a total sum of three grammatical errors, typos and spelling errors per page. If you exceed this number, I will return the paper to you at our next class meeting. It must then be handed in, “cleaned up,” no later than the next scheduled class meeting. Such papers will count as one day late. (Notice that if you fail to attend the class session in which I return the papers and your paper needs rewriting to meet the minimum mechanical standards, you do not receive any kind of special extension.)
If I return a paper to you to be “cleaned up” and it is not re-submitted at the next class meeting, it will receive an additional grade reduction for each day that it is not returned to me. A paper that is not “cleaned up” by the time of the final exam receives a grade of F.
If you are worried about your ability to write a paper without making excessive errors, you should bring a draft to the instructor during scheduled office hours. (If you cannot meet with the instructor during those hours, an appointment can be made for another time.) OR visit the write site! Tutors are available.
For more information, see http://web.mnstate.edu/write/ or call 218-477-5937.
All versions of all the formal writing must conform to basic format rules.
FORMAL WRITING: ESSAY ORGANIZATION
You will write four papers. Each paper must cover the following, although not necessarily in this order:
BY DOING THIS, YOU’LL DEMONSTRATE THAT YOU:
For a fuller account of my writing expectations, see my "Expectations about Essays" page.
THIS ARE NOT RESEARCH PAPERS
THERE IS SIMPLY NO REASON TO DO ANY ADDITIONAL RESEARCH for the papers written for this course.
If you use any additional sources, you must provide a complete bibliography of those sources. The bibliography does not count toward the word/page count for the paper. If you use any outside source and fail to indicate it in the bibliography, the paper will receive a failing grade. (Exceptions to the bibliography rule: You are always free to consult the assigned readings for this course, dictionaries, writing guides, grammar books, etc.).
EXPECTATIONS ABOUT STUDENT WORK
This is an upper level course. I will enforce the University's policies on student conduct. I expect all essays to conform to recognized standards of presentation, originality, and documentation of sources.
The University expects all students to
represent themselves in an honest fashion. In academic work, students are
expected to present original ideas and to give credit to the ideas of
others. The value of a college degree depends on the integrity of the work
completed by the student. For more information,
This page last updated Aug. 25, 2012