Students are required to read and study the mandatory material (core readings) in depth, and for each class. In addition, they need to participate in oral discussions and short written exercises during or before the class meetings. They will also have (as a group or individual) to prepare a short presentation for one of the sessions, which will entail a review of the state of the art regarding the topic at issue, citing at least 5 core references. This trains the students’ abilities to find literature on a philosophical question, a skill that will also be at focus at the end of the course.
In the later parts of the course, students will form groups around four topics to be highlighted (Wk 7-10) and work together toward their term papers on the respective topic. They will thus learn how to collaborate, to give feedback and to take up critique from others, in addition to learning how to narrow down a research topic.
For more on general rules of participation and a first orientation on what is expected from term papers, see the handout attached to this Syllabus.
Grading will be based on the final term paper (2000 words). Handout on the details of what is expected will be provided in Wk 1. Exceptional participation during the course can lead to an upgrade (e.g. from A- for the paper to an A for the overall course).