Instructor – Dr. Jason Chang Meetings – MW 9:15-10:35AM in RF141
Email – email@example.com Units – 3
Web site – http://jasonmchang.com Transfer status – CSU/UC
Introductory course for philosophical history and disciplines of metaphysics and epistemology from Socrates to Wittgenstein. This course will cover a long progression of ideas about being, knowledge, justice, goodness, existence and language. The history of philosophy through ideas proposed by the most important philosophers will be presented in thematic development so that students can learn not only basic concepts and ideas, but cause of the development of philosophical history.
Lecture reflections (15%):After each class, you will complete a half a page to one page (typed, double spaced) lecture reflection in which you personally reflect on some part of the lecture. Lecture reflections should demonstrate a conscientious effort at wrestling with content from the lecture. They should go beyond merely summaries of the lecture; I want to hear your OWN voice. Lecture reflections that merely summarize will not receive credit.
Typed, hard copies of the lecture reflection must to be brought to the next class period and will be collected periodically and at random. There is also the possibility that reflections will be collected in batches – so be sure to keep them. (Before I collect a batch of lecture reflections, I will make an announcement a class or two beforehand.)
Personal reactions might include but need not be limited to the following:
A question you have about an idea discussed in class
A question you wish to pose to one of the philosophers discussed in class
Reflections about how the lecture content pertains to your own life
A personal story that relates to an idea covered in class
Journal assignment (25%): At the end of the term, you will turn in an 8-10 page journal assignment that will ask you to discuss your progress in thinking about two issues from this course.
Exams (50%): There will be two in-class exams. Each exam will be worth 25 percent.
Participation (10%): The quality of student participation in class will be assessed.
The following scale will be used to assess student performance: A = 92.5-100%; A- = 90-92.4%; B+ = 87.5-89.9%; B = 82.5-87.4%; B- = 80-82.4%.... and so on. Scores of less than 60% and/or failure to take one or more exams will result in an F for the course.
Attendance & Tardiness Policies:
Attendance is mandatory. Students will be allowed three unexcused absences; each unexcused absence thereafter may result in 3 percent deduction from the student’s overall course grade. Also, please make every effort to arrive to class on time. Two “tardies” amount to one unexcused absence.
Note about excused absences: You may petition to have an absence “excused” by providing the following: (1) An email before class notifying me of your absence; (2) necessary documentation (doctor’s note, etc.). I will ultimately decide whether to excuse your absence.
Do I need to turn in a lecture reflection if absent?
Yes! If you are absent, please email me before 10:35am your lecture reflection for that day in case I collect it. Late lecture reflections will not be accepted.
Late Assignment and Make-Up Policy:
Late assignments will not be accepted and make-up exams will not be permitted. (An assignment is considered “late” after the point at which it is collected in class.) Exceptions to this rule will be made in the event of an excused absence.
James Rachels. Problems from Philosophy. 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Selected readings made available through http://jasonmchang.com.
Per the 2015-16 college catalog: “Students are responsible for dropping their classes; classes are not dropped automatically for non-attendance. A student may drop a class by using MyWeb.sjeccd.edu, or in-person at the Office of Admissions and Records.”
Academic integrity is necessary for an institution of student learning such as Evergreen Valley College to function properly. Academic dishonesty – whether in the form of plagiarism, cheating on exams, etc. – undermines the academic environment that EVC aims to foster and, therefore, will not be tolerated. Students who engage in academic dishonesty will receive a zero on the particular assignment or exam and possibly fail the course. It is at the instructor’s discretion whether the case will be forward to the Dean.
Student Disciplinary Procedures and Grievance Policy:
Details about student disciplinary procedures and grievance policy can be found on p. 167 of the 2015-2016 college catalog.
Students in this course who have a documented disability that may impact work in this class and require special accommodations should make an appointment with the Disabilities Support Program (room SC-120) and notify me during the first week of class. The DSP can be reached at (408) 270-6447. Both the DSP and I will implement whatever accommodations needed to provide equal opportunity to learning and other academic outcomes.