1. Participation (25%)
2. Presentations of readings + corresponding questions for discussion (10%)
3. Final paper presentation (5%)
4. Short essay (20%)
4. Long essay (40%)
1. Participation: Attendance, preparation, and active engagement in class discussions. Students may miss up to one class without penalty. Further absences should be cleared with instructor and made up with a written synopsis and critical reflection on readings.
2. Presentations of readings: Each student will select one class meetings in which to give a short presentation (10-15 minutes). These should include:
a) a statement about major points covered in the texts and their significance
b) highlighting of issues of particular interest/value in these texts
c) presentation of 2-3 questions for further discussion in class.
Please distribute a 1-2 pp handout at the beginning of the class covering the above.
3. Final paper presentations (8-10 mins.)
4. Short essay (1200-1500 words) on a topic of your choice, due on the e-learning site by 5 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 23 (hard copy due in class on Wednesday, Oct. 24). You may do a close analysis/reconstruction of a text or set of texts discussed in class, or else compare the positions of a number of texts or thinkers as responses to shared intellectual predicaments. Alternatively, your paper might try to answer an open-ended question that has come up in class, or resolve a conceptual/historical puzzle raised by your chosen text(s).
5. Long paper (2200-2500 words): Similar description as the short paper but here you are expected to go beyond the summary and reconstruction of positions articulated in the texts, and to articulate an argument that can contribute to our understanding of the texts/thinkers/views more broadly, and their larger significance. In this paper you are welcome (but not required) to engage some secondary sources as well as conduct a more fullfledged comparative analysis based on relevant issues and works you may be familiar with in western philosophy.
This is due by 5 pm on Friday, Dec. 14 (electronic submission and hard copy delivered to my department mailbox).
Successful papers will contain the following elements:
1. Clear and methodical presentation
2. Thoughtful use and analysis of relevant source material
3. Persuasive and compelling argument
4. Engagement of issues of broader conceptual/historical significance
4. Correct grammar and syntax.