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PHIL201 – Introduction to Philosophy
Fall Semester 2014 – Essay Assignment
TOPIC: Reflection on the course
DUE in Week 15: Thursday, December 11 (see soft-copy submission time below)
Soft-copy only (no hard-copy) uploaded to Turnitin.com by 11:59pm (by midnight!) – NO LATE WORK PLEASE
Your task for this essay is to reflect on ONE TOPIC (or more, if you wish AND can handle doing so) covered by this class and discuss your thoughts on how it has challenged you, made you think differently about life or anything at all, or how you disagree with the premise/conclusions of the text. Ideally, you will pick one of the texts covered by this course as your PRIMARY text for discussion, but you may also discuss an idea NOT covered in this course but RELATED to one of the texts covered. (If you choose to write on a topic not explicitly addressed by this class, it MUST RELATE to one of the texts covered and that text must be discussed in your essay.)
This essay, brief though it may be, is an opportunity to communicate with me about the ideas that have impacted you from this course. Although I do not have strict expectations of which topic you choose, you may want to consider looking back at your journal entries and expanding on a subject/text that has already ‘fired you up’, got inside your head or stimulated your imagination.
In composing your essay around your chosen topic and text, please be sure to do the following:
First of all, explain clearly which text/author you have chosen to speak about and why you have chosen this topic.
Discuss your initial thoughts on the text, remembering and commenting on what you thought of it upon first reading/hearing about it in this course.
Discuss how your thoughts developed as you delved deeper into the text and its issues. In doing so, explain the main points of the text.
Comment, if you can (ideally you can), on what the class’ reaction was to the text in general. Were you in agreement with the majority of other students or did you have a different perspective? Explain.
Most importantly, HOW has this text challenged you in your thinking? If this text has in any way CHANGED your views on anything in life, HOW SO? If it hasn’t changed your thinking, how has it perhaps strengthened already existing views? (This can be a positive or ‘negative’ view of the text; you don’t have to choose a text that you agree with.)
Lastly, has this text and class, in general, encouraged you to do further reading or thinking? What would you like to think about/pursue next in your intellectual life? (This could form a sort of conclusion to your essay.)
TIPS ON STRUCTURE:
I would like for this essay to be structured in a traditional way (i.e. with an introductory paragraph, various body paragraphs with good transitions, and a concluding paragraph). Once you begin ‘brainstorming’ and working out your thoughts, look over your work frequently and PLEASE begin this thinking/outlining/thought process early! Also, if you require any specific assistance with essay structure or grammar, either I or the Writing Center (located on the ground floor of the E building) can be of help to you.
This assignment is a fairly ‘open’ one, in that I do not have overly STRICT expectations of what the final product should look like. Nonetheless, I do have some BASIC expectations that you need to stick to. Points will be lost if you stray from the criteria below, so use caution.
Main criteria for this essay:
It must be of a personal, thoughtful nature.
Although this is NOT primarily a research assignment, some reading beyond the chosen text is expected. A few scholarly sources (2-3) that allow you to expand on your thoughts and give added dimension to your essay should be consulted and referred to at various points in your writing. Again, please ensure you used reputable, academic sources, ideally texts found in the library and/or from online (library) databases. If you do use websites, please use reputable sources (i.e. NO WIKIPEDIA, only sites which are scholarly, for example sites with .org, .gov, or .edu and the like).
Typed using either Times New Roman, Calibri or Cambria fonts (please use one of these fonts only)
12 point scale
5 or double-spaced
All margins no larger than 1 inch in width (that is, top, bottom and sides)
Approximately 4 full pages in length (and no more than 5 at most, please)
Proper grammar, spelling, sentence structure and essay structure throughout; proper citation of all sources (using MLA, APA or another scholarly format – just be consistent).
Grading rubric – essay worth 10 points:
8 points Answering fully and thoughtfully ALL QUESTIONS/CONSIDERATIONS listed above
2 points Proper spelling, grammar & essay structure throughout; proper citation of all sources
DUE in Week 15: Thursday, December 11
Soft-copy only (no hard-copy) uploaded to Turnitin.com by 11:59pm (by midnight!)
Please NO LATE WORK – time is of the essence as this submission occurs at the end of the semester
NOTE: DO NOT, under any circumstances, send your work to me by email – all work to be uploaded to Turnitin.com by the deadline ONLY!
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