PHIL 1200 -- Philosophy and Society
Email: send me mail through CULearn for this course
Hours": by appointment, using CULearn's Chat function. Feel free
to send me an unsolicited chat if you see me online.
Email: also through CULearn
Chad's main role is to assist with
grading, but you can also ask him questions and send him Chats if you
see him online. Chad will also participate in our our threaded
course offers an introduction to and examination of some important and
relevant topics in applied ethics, in particular, abortion, animal
rights, world poverty, organ selling, and human cloning. In each
case, we will consider important positions on the topic and arguments
for and against these positions. Each of the topics above corresponds to a "Unit" or "Learning Module" of the course.
The course aims
to help you think more carefully and critically about these issues, and
to come to more responsible views about them. These issues are
not only interesting in their own right, they are important: they are
relevant to what the law should be, how you should vote, which
political campaigns you support, and what sort of general moral and
political outlook you adopt.
One book is required:
It is available at the CU Bookstore. Other readings will be made available on the course website.
There will be two exams: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both will be "take
home" exams -- open note, open book, and open "lecture." Each
exam will contain a variety of short answer questions. The
midterm exam is due on Wednesday, July 21 and the final exam is due on
Friday, August 6 (the last day of class). The exams will be made
available at least 24 hours in advance. Late exams will be penalized unless you have a legitimate, documented excuse.
short (2-4 page) papers are required. The paper will give you
a chance to explain and defend your own ideas concerning one of the topics
discussed in the class. The first paper is due Thursday, July 15
and the second paper is due Friday, July 30. Late papers will
be penalized unless you
have a legitimate, documented excuse. See the Papers document for more details and guidelines about the papers.
For each reading, there will be a short
quiz designed to test that you have read it and understood it. Another purpose of the quizzes is to keep you connected to the
course, so that
you don't fall behind (which can happen easily in an accelerated online
course) or drift off completely. The quizzes will contain multiple choice and true-false quesitons. They are open-note and open-book, but not open-classmate: you must take these quizzes on your own. The quizzes will take place quite
Each Learning Module of the course will contain the quizzes required in
that module. Quizzes are always due in by 11:59 p.m. on the day they
are due, and will generally be made available 48 hours before they
You are required to participate in our threaded discussions on the
course website. Here you will be graded on the quality and
frequency of your contributions. See the Discussions document for details.
The above four requirements directly determine your grade for the
course. There are two additional course requirements, your performance on which will indirectly influence your grade:
reading is assigned for most days of the course.
Complete these readings on time, and read each one at least once. The quizzes
are designed to test that you are doing and understanding these readings. See the Course Schedule for the reading assignments. Most of them are from our book, but some are available as pdf's on the website.
each of the seven units of the course, there will be a lecture.
This lecture contains more or less the material I would present in
class meetings if this were a conventional course. For this
course, you read these lectures. I have made every
effort to make them very clear and accessible. The midterm and
final exams will pull from these lectures more than they will
pull from the readings. The Course Schedule tells you which
parts of which lectures you should read by when. You can
find these lectures under the "Learning Modules" on the course
website. Each Learning Module also has a link on the course
Your final grade for the course is determined according to the following scheme:
|100 points (50 points for each exam)
|100 points (50 points for each paper)
We will use a standard "non-curved" grading scale, as follows:
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the University of Colorado at Boulder are responsible for knowing and
adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution.
Violations of this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of
academic dishonesty, fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening
behavior. All incidents of academic misconduct shall be reported
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who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy will
be subject to both academic sanctions from the faculty member and
non-academic sanctions (including but not limited to university
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Code can be found at colorado.edu/policies/honor.html and at colorado.edu/academics/honorcode/.
violating the academic integrity policy (in any way) will automatically
receive an F for this course, and may be subject to expulsion from the
If you qualify
for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to me a
letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs
be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on
documented disabilities. Contact: 303-492-8671, Willard 322, and colorado.edu/disabilityservices.
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