Students are expected towatch all recorded videos and read all the required readings prior to the synchronous meetings. They must complete short weekly tests assessing their understanding of the reading and video material. These tests are not graded but mandatory as a self-monitoring tool as well as a tool for the instructor to check the progress of each student. Students must submit questions about the readings each week at least 12 hours prior to the synchronous meetings, and a selection of these questions will be discussed at these live sessions.
The final grade is based upon a midterm exam (30%), a final paper (40%), and participation (30%). The participation includes a group project in which groups of cca. Three students produce a review of one of the three main topical units of the course, with some independent research and additional readings. In addition, there will be weekly tests that test students’ understanding of the readings, their ability to identify and distinguish between normative, empirical, and conceptual claims, and to identify and evaluate premises, inferences and conclusions of arguments. Performance on these exercises are not graded, but participation is mandatory, and missing them results in reduction of the participation component of the assessment. Failing to submit questions prior to the meetings will also result in reduction of the participation component. The quality the questions, their clarity and precision, and their reflection of the reading of the required tests, also forms part of the participation grade.