Conditions for passing the course:
- conscientious attendance, reading of the assigned material, (mental) preparation of answers to all the reading questions, participation in discussions;
- a 5-7 minute presentation of the answer to at least one reading question during the term. If there is time, students will be asked to give more than one presentation. The presentation should offer a substantial answer to the reading question, focus on the question (ie should not contain irrelevant material), should be clearly organised and presented, and keep the time.
- passing the written exam at the end of the term.
◦ for 2-year philosophy MA students: the written exam grade is given on the basis of the in-class written examination as part of the Theoretical Philosophy Final Examination at the end of the first year. You will draw from a list of previously distributed exam questions.
◦ for others taking the course: there will be a written exam organised. You will draw from a list of previously distributed exam questions.
Grading criteria for the written exam
The usual length of answers is 600-900 words (1.5, 2 pages)
- In order to earn an “A-“ the written exam paper has to cover most of the relevant material covered in the lectures. It has to show evidence of a thorough understanding of, and familiarity with, the relevant readings. It has to be written clearly and concisely, in competent academic English. One of the most important criteria will be the quality of the arguments. The text must be relevant to the question: it should not contain materials that do not pertain to the issue discussed. Failing to meet these criteria will result in the appropriate reduction of the grade.