assignments

  • 2nd Critical Analysis Paper(15-25%)(15%)
    formal
    optional

    This is a standard philosophy paper (thesis driven and argued) in which you take on a topic relevant to class that can be discussed critically in 4-6 pages. You will be asked to review other students' drafts of this paper. There will be two opportunities to write a critical analysis paper, but only one is required. We will count your best grade. Do not put your name on the document or file name you upload for this assignment.
    Dropbox
  • Book Group or Interest Group(10%)
    informal
    optional

    You may read a book with other students on a topic related to ethics and journal about it, usually in two 500-700 word journals. No need for anonymity on this assignment.
    Dropbox
  • Class Presentation(5%)
    informal
    optional

    You may offer a class presentation on a relevant topic or your choice, or you may join me in presenting scheduled material from a class of your choice. In either class, you should meet with me prior to the presentation.
  • Critical Analysis Paper(15-25%)
    formal
    required

    This is a standard philosophy paper (thesis driven and argued) in which you take on a topic relevant to class that can be discussed critically in 4-6 pages. You will be asked to review other students' drafts of this paper. There will be two opportunities to write a critical analysis paper, but only one is required. We will count your best grade. Do not put your name on the document or file name you upload for this assignment.
    Dropbox
  • Final Exam(15-25%)
    formal
    required

    An exam in which you write two short essays based on study questions. Open book and open note. Do not put your name on the document or file name you upload for this assignment.
    Dropbox
  • Journals(5-10%)
    informal
    optional

    Journal entries allow informal reflection on topics related to course material. Each entry will be 300-500 words, submitted through the dropbox. Journals must be completed by April 15. (3 entries for 5% or 6 for 10%)/ No need for anonymity on this assignment.
    Dropbox
  • Midterm(10-15%)
    formal
    optional

    An exam in which you write one in class essay of 500-700 words based on a question from the study questions. Open book and open note. Do not put your name on the document or file name you upload for this assignment.
    Dropbox
  • Movie Reflection Paper(5-10%)
    formal
    optional

    Write a 3-4 page argued analysis of the representation of an ethical issue or problem in a popular film. Must be completed by April 15. No need for anonymity on this assignment.
    Dropbox
  • Reading Preparation(20-30%)
    formal
    required

    Your preparation for class will be assessed by short electronic quizzes given at the start of most classes. You can enter quiz answers from any connected device, such as your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Answers on paper will be accepted. Quizzes cannot be made up, but two quiz grades will be dropped for absences or low scores. Use your real name on the form for this assignment.
  • Short Answers(10-20%)
    formal
    required

    Periodically, you will be invited to write a short answer, in 1 or 2 paragraphs, to a study question from a current or previous class. Open book, open note. When writing answers in class, notice will be given so that you can bring a connected device to type on. This assignment can be completed outside of class (usually by midnight of the same day) if you are absent when an in-class question is assigned. Do not put your name on the document or file name you upload for this assignment.
    Dropbox
  • Short Research Paper(5-15%)
    formal
    optional

    This short research assignment allows you to look into a course question or topic of interest to you. The length and weight are determined by your question. Typically, this paper is 3-5 pages and can be informative or argued. No need for anonymity on this assignment.
    Dropbox