IV. Philosophical Journal (worth 10%): Write three entries a week beginning the week of August 28. The entry is essentially to be self-reflective, in light of something you read for class or in light of something raised in discussion. You may also reflect on something from current events that your regard as philosophically significant. This is not intended to be merely an expression of feelings or emotions. It is not primarily therapeutic (let me get this off my chest). I expect the entries to be one to two pages (or two-four paragraphs). They are not intended to be long. They must be well written and well-organized and not merely a stream of consciousness. I recommend writing either before or after each class session. Overview of Requirements and their contribution to semester grade : Due Each Total Argumentative/Expository Essays Sep 15, Oct 16, Nov 20 10% 30% Midterm Essay Exam Oct 9 20% Reading Quizzes Weekly 20% Philosophical Journal Oct 11 & Dec 4 10% Final Essay Exam Dec 8: 4:30 – 6:30 pm 20% C LASS P ARTICIPATION AND A TTENDANCE : Class participation is very important in this class. You are expected to read the assigned materials before we discuss them together in class, and to come prepared to discuss with other students the several questions I have provided to guide both your reading and our discussion. To encourage each of us to be fully open and present to one another in class discussion, you should not use electronics (smartphones, computers, e-book readers, and so on) unless you have asked permission of the class for a special reason. Class attendance is also crucial. Indeed, to earn course credit in the College of Arts and Sciences ( ), you must attend at least 75% of all scheduled class meetings. If you do not meet this minimal standard, you will automatically receive a grade of “F” in the course. Any University-related activity necessitating an absence from class shall count as an absence when determining whether a student has attended the required 75% of class meetings. 4
Syllabus PHI 3301–01 Moral Philosophy Fall 2017 / MWF 10:10-11:00 a.m. / 108 Morrison Hall page 5 of 8 This means that if you miss more than 11 of our class meetings, you automatically will receive a grade of “F” for the course. Of course, you will do better and learn more if you attend this class every time it meets. Missing a class because of unusual or extraordinary circumstances is understandable. Still, let me know by phone or email. To encourage your attendance, I will add (1) point to your final average if, at the end of the semester, you have attended all classes and never been tardy. Please come to class on time. I will deduct .5 from your final average for each tardy beyond one. The Baylor University Honor Code applies to all of the assignments in this course. Please consult the Honor Code ( ) for the definitions of dishonorable conduct and policies of enforcement that we will follow.
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