Homework (25%)—Due on the day of the reading it covers at the beginning of class.
Logic Exam (25%)—Administered in class.
Thomistic Article Analysis (25%)—For Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae 1a, q. 75, art. 7, provide an exposition of Aquinas’ own answer to the question in his/her own words.Examples will be given in class.
Final Journal Article (25%)—Student shall write an original work in the style of a contemporary journal article on a question of philosophical importance. The paper must engage with at least one source from the Philosopher's Index (or alternative sources explicitly approved by the instructor), as well as one of the readings assigned in class.The paper will go through a blind review process by two other students in the class, prior to final submission.
Absences—attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. 6 or more absences without a written excuse will automatically result in failure of the course.
Tardiness—Students are expected be present at the beginning of class. Being tardy will count for ½ of an absence.
Participation—Everyone in class is encouraged to participate. Doing so will help you to understand the texts better and will make for a more fruitful and enjoyable classroom experience for everybody, yourself included. Students are especially encouraged to prepare questions for clarification and discussion as they come up, e.g. while taking notes on the reading assignment for the next class.
Electronics—In order to foster an environment of active participation free from distraction, electronic devices (e.g. phones, computers) may not be used within the classroom. A student found violating this rule will be marked absent from class for that day.
Plagiarismwill not be tolerated. 1st offense = failed paper. 2nd offense = fail course.
Late assignments—Papers will be downgraded by 1/3 of a letter for each day late. Assignments will not be accepted more than a week late.
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