assignments

  • 1 - Points(35-65%)
    formal
    required

    We'll use this assignment category for a variety of small exercises from quizes to group writing exercises, to short paragraph responses.
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  • 2 - Short Critical Paper(10-15%)
    formal
    required

    Soon after midterms, we will start a graded paper assignment. It will be a bit longer than your short writing for Points.
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  • 3 - My Philosophy of Happiness and Wisdom(25-35%)
    formal
    required

    This 7-10 page paper presents your philosophy of happiness and wisdom. Make selections from course content (both evidence and theories you agree with, as well as conclusions you draw from rejecting or partially disagreeing with some views) and assemble an overall theory which tailors the best resources in the course to your understanding of your own personality and outlook. Be sure to provide rationales (reasons and explanations) for your view.
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  • Class presentation / Co-teaching(5-15%)
    informal
    optional

    Choose this assignment for making a short presentation to the class or if you want to co-teach some content in the class.
  • Critical Analysis Paper(5-15%)
    informal
    optional

    This is a standard philosophy paper in which you take on a topic, usually from class, that can be discussed critically in 3-5 pages. Contact me for topic approval. No need for anonymity here.
  • Happiness/Wisdom Practica(15-20%)
    informal
    optional

    Visit the course wiki page for information about the Happiness and Wisdom Practica.
  • Journals(5-10%)
    informal
    optional

    Journal entries allow informal reflection on topics related to course material. Each entry can be sent as an email, 300-500 words or more each. Three entries for 5% or six for 10%. No need for anonymity on this assignment.
  • Movie or Book group(10-20%)
    informal
    optional

    Watch a Happiness/Wisdom themed movie, on your own or in a group. Write up a critical response. No need for anonymity here.
  • Short Term Research(10-20%)
    formal
    optional

    This assignment allows you to receive credit in the course for taking on a specific research question of interest to you and reporting on it.