for each assignment will be distributed in class. The Final Grade
will consist of:
(as evidenced in required Attendance & Participation) (20%)
Short Papers (40%) +
Final Exam (40%)
will be no make up exams in February Exam period.
This class is
reading and analysis intensive. Students should expect to read and
re-read, think and re-think all course materials. The course is
designed to allow students to practice, develop and hone the skills
of critical analysis. All reading assignments should be prepared
carefully for each class meeting. Students will be expected to present
commentary and questions on the assigned materials each class day.
The course will be structured around student-led commentary and
discussion, in a seminar format. A successful and productive course
depends on informed student participation. This class is designed
to challenge you intellectually.
is expected of all students. Any inappropriate use of materials
or plagiarism will not be tolerated.
1. Class attendance is required because the discussions
direct the subject matter for exams and papers. (MORE THAN TWO ABSENCES
will jeopardize your ability to pass this course.)
are asked to arrive promptly for class as a courtesy
to all class members. (2 LATE ARRIVALS WILL COUNT AS ONE ABSENCE.)
preparation of the reading material. Students will need
to read and often re-read the daily reading assignment in order
to participate in class. LACK OF PREPARATION WILL CONSTITUTE AN
ABSENCE. Forms of preparation may include: note taking, lists of
questions and ideas, outlines of the reading assignment, re-reading
assignments for greater understanding.
class participation. Philosophy is not a spectator sport,
but requires questioning,
analysis, and testing of ideas. Regular informed participation in
the discussion and analysis is required to successfully complete
5. A Final Exam will be essay-style which require
careful analysis, making connections between texts and ideas, and
making supported judgments about texts and ideas. The exam will
be planned with advance notice, including the opportunity for students
to bring draft essays to the professor for comments and suggestions.
Out of fairness to all class members, NO MAKEUP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN.
6. Short Papers. Each film screened in class or
assigned outside out class will be the occasion for a response analysis.
This will be a focused response and analysis using our Film Analysis
Form. RESPONSE PAPERS WILL BE DUE THE CLASS PERIOD FOLLOWING THE
SCREENING. NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.Consult the "Guide
to Humanist Film Reviews" and the Instructor's "Grading Guidelines
for Papers" for more information. The goal is to move beyond plot
summary into focused analysis of the film. A Condensed
Film Analysis Form may be assigned.
A - Essay is
observant; well-organized; has a clear thesis; uses details to amplify
the thesis argument; makes an argument, rather than letting the
thesis speak for itself; uses clear paragraph structure; explains
significance of details in sophisticated and convincing ways; grammar/syntax
is free from error; uses written text for support and with powerful
effect; conclusion/thesis argument is convincing and says something
B - Above qualities are present in less complete form; states a
thesis; uses argumentation to prove thesis; organized; uses evidence;
uses text as support; language not quite as persuasive or clear
C - Thesis not clear or not clearly argued; organization needs work;
needs paragraph structuring; impact of argument (the "so what question")
not clear; needs more amplification, examples, and/or text reference.
D - Paper needs a thesis; lacks details and evidence; thoroughness
is lacking; writing lacks depth or is not well organized; grammar
or syntax needs extensive work.
F - Essay is not turned in on time; does not fulfill assignment
in any meaningful way.