PHIL2316: Ancient Philosophy
Instructional Office Hours
Students will be introduced to Ancient Western
Philosophy from the pre-Socratics through the Hellenists with emphasis on Plato
Handouts and additional readings will be posted to the instructional web.
The class will consist predominantly of discussion of the readings, led by me and by class members, including using of collaborative tools available in Blackboard. There may also be group work and group presentations to the class, which will be posted online.
The major forms of individual assessment will be writing assignments (essays, etc.). I may also use online forms to gather information about your progress in the coursework. Course assignments must be submitted by email or via the Blackboard classroom.
Philosophy is one of the principal forces that have shaped Western civilization and history, so a deeper understanding of the methods, subjectmatter, and history of philosophy affords a deeper understanding of ourselves and an informed grasp of the present. In addition, critical thinking skills are so central to the methods of philosophy that the study of philosophy provides an excellent opportunity to learn and practice those skills in a focused way.
Departmental Course Objectives
Your grade for this course will be based on written and collaborative work demonstrating pursuit of the objectives of the course. (See the Coursework Guide for a more detailed explanation of the written work.) These are the components of the course for grades up to a B:
To earn an A in the course, (1) you must submit a research essay of about 5 pages on a topic that you develop in consultation with me and (2) the essay grade must be an A. You must have an A average on the course components above to be eligible to submit the A essay
Please review the Grading and Evaluation page for a more detailed exposition of my approach to evaluation.
Due dates for written work will be arranged in class and posted on the main page for your course. Please note that I will not accept work after the stated due date, except by prior agreement. All written work done outside of class must be submitted by email or posted on the Blackboard site for our class. Please see the Orientation for further instructions.
I expect everyone to participate in class discussion. Class participation should be informed. By this I mean that everyone should participate after having read and thought about the assignments.
This is a very brief overview of the course content:
Refer to the course calendar on Blackboard for a more detailed list of topics, reading assignments, and exercises. Check the course calendar frequently for due dates and other announcements.
Proceed to the Orientation.
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