PH 101 Intro to Philosophical Thinking
FA 2009 HO
Forester, Andrew W.
Adjunct Professor of Religion and Philosophy
By appointment before or after class
12:00 - 1:15 PM
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy incorporates multiple communication mediums to introduce and reinforce concepts. Learners will be encouraged to engage in discussion, lectures, readings, exams, discussion boards, group projects to add to the overall environment of free inquiry and expression of ideas in the classroom.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
3. Writing Assignments (300 Points)
A. Investigative Biography (75 Points)
Students will write a research paper on a person that had great influence on philosophy. Students will provide a good summary of 1.) the person’s ideas or beliefs, 2.) why they believed them, and 3.) how that impacts our society today. Papers should not include basic facts such as date of birth, place of birth, but should focus on that person's ideas. The body of this paper should be no less than two full pages and no more than four full pages (typed, double spaced, size 12 Arial font, 1 inch margins, please).
B. Reflection Paper (150 Points)
Students will write a reaction response to the book "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. The body of this paper should be no less than three full pages and no more than six full pages (typed, double spaced, size 12 Arial font, 1 inch margins, please). In this assignment, students will 1.) give a concise summary of the facts of the story (1-2 pages), and 2.)give an informed response to the ideas presented (2-4 pages).
C. Book Review/Movie Review (75 Points)
Students will choose a recent book or movie and review it for its philosophical content. The themes of the book and the perspective of its writer will determine what philosophical content is available. Books and movies must be approved by the instructor. The body of this paper should be no less than two full pages and no more than four full pages (typed, double spaced, size 12 Arial font, 1 inch margins, please).The body of this paper should be no less than two full pages and no more than four full pages (typed, double spaced, size 12 Arial font, 1 inch margins, please).
4. Exams: (300 points)
Two regular exams and a final exam will be given during the course. Each regular exam is worth 75 points each. Regular exams will be multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and true/false. Exam material will come from the text book, class lectures and class discussions.
The Final Exam is “open book”, “open notes”. The Final Exam is worth 150 points, is comprehensive and will be in short answer and essay form. On the Final Exam, students will be graded on their ability to synthesize information from lecture, readings, discussions and life experience.
Extra credit opportunities will be announced in class. In the past, extra credit opportunities have included attending (and writing a short response to) lectures, exhibits, service projects or cultural events. These opportunities are optional and will be provided at the instructor’s discretion. Students who have a fair or poor attendance/participation record should not presume that extra credit opportunities will be offered to them (especially late in the semester).
Grading: Figuring Your Grade:
1. Class Participation (100 Points Available)
2. Threaded Discussions (300 Points Available)
2a. Threaded Discussions #1
2b. Threaded Discussions #2
2c. Threaded Discussions #3
2d. Threaded Discussions #4
3. Writing Assignments (300 Points Available)
3a. Investigative Biography
3b. Reflection Paper
3c. Book/Movie Review
4. Exams (300 Points Available)
4a. Exam #1
4b. Exam #2
4c. Final Exam
5. Extra Credit
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work will be accepted. Work missed due to an “Excused” absence must be turned in by the next class period and will not carry a penalty. If the absence is “Unexcused” the grade received on any regular assignment turned in after the due date will be reduced by 10% for each day it is late. Assignments that are more than 10 days late received a grade of zero.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92Possible Penalties Include:
- verbal reprimand,
- assignment of a lower grade on the assignment in question,
- assignment of failing grade in the course
- expulsion from the course with a passing grade (W)
- expulsion from the course with a failing grade (WF)
- referral to the Student Code of Conduct Administrator for consideration of suspension or expulsion from Park University.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
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