Syllabus Moral Responsibility and Free Will
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Basic Information / Course Syllabus
- Instructor: Dr. Mark Alfino
- Course Title: Philosophy 419: Moral Responsibility and Free Will
- Contact Information and office hours at alfino.org
- Course Description: This course engages recent philosophical work on the problems of moral responsibility and free will.
- Course Learning Outcomes: See below
- Course Schedule, Graded Activity, Texts, and Assignments: See course wiki
Learning Outcomes for this Course
- Philosophy Department Learning Outcomes for Majors Seminars:
- 1. Be able to read, interpret, and analyze primary texts and secondary sources in philosophy.
- 2. Be capable of formulating coherent philosophical arguments of their own, including clearly stating premises and conclusion(s) and articulating reasonable objections as well as responses to those objections.
- Specific Additional Course Learning Outcomes
- 1. students will be able to read, understand, discuss and take positions on a variety of problems raised by recent philosophical work on moral responsibility and free will.
- 2. Students will reflect on philosophical method as they approach the topic area of the course.
Writing Enriched Course Learning Outcomes
- 1. Students will be able to demonstrate competency in formal and informal writing specific to the discipline in which the writing occurs.
- 2. Students will be able to integrate appropriate primary and secondary research in their writing by the means customarily used in the discipline.
- 3. Students will be able to incorporate feedback received during an intensive revision process.
Assignments that support the Writing Enriched Course Learning Outcomes
- Short writing: 50-70% of grade. This includes small written assignments, peer review writing, and back evaluations. Specific short writing assignments including:
- Short ungraded student writing shared with the class.
- Writing to short prompts from 500-800 words, with peer review and backevaluation
- Papers and Presentations
- Thesis-driven academic writing, circulated for peer comments as drafts and peer reviewed. Two 5-7 page papers.
- Student Presentations with writing and presentation media.
- Depending upon student choices for optional assignments, between 80-100% of the grade for the course is based on writing. Many optional assignments also include writing.
- I do accept late work, but you must complete all work in the course to receive a grade.
- I have a flexible attendance policy.
- You must disclose any work that you are turning in for this course that you are submitting or have submitted for other courses.
- You must comply with all university policies concerning academic honesty, sexual harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct.