This course has no prerequisites.
Ralph C. Hancock, [ LINK REMOVED ] Thinking Politically: Essays in the History of Political Philosophy (online chapters included with course).
G. K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas: “The Dumb Ox” http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/books/aquinas.html
There is a reading quiz for each lesson. These are short, multiple-choice quizzes that check your understanding of the assigned readings.
For each lesson you will be required to write a short essay based on the essay prompts given at the end of the lesson. These essays should be 300–600 words. Your essay should be clear, concise, orderly, and free of grammatical and spelling errors. All essays should reflect careful attention to the course materials (original sources and commentary lessons). The point is not to state your feelings, impressions, or opinions, but to demonstrate knowledge of the course materials and to engage with them intelligently. A clear and careful statement of the argument of the text(s) you are responding to is the first priority. Of course your opinions will be reflected in your writing, but your aim should be to demonstrate your understanding of the sources and your capacity to engage their arguments. Include a descriptive title at the head of your essay.
There will be a midcourse exam and a final exam. These exams consist of matching, multiple-choice, and true/false questions covering the material from the course. They are closed book and notes, but there is no time limit. You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course. These exams will constitute 40% of your final grade.
All essays should reflect careful attention to the course materials (original sources and commentary lessons). The point is not to state your feelings, impressions, or opinions, but to demonstrate knowledge of the course materials and to engage them intelligently. A clear and careful statement of the argument of the text(s) you are responding to is the first priority. Of course your opinions will be reflected in your writing, but your aim should be to demonstrate your understanding of the sources and your capacity to engage their arguments.
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12 computer-graded quizzes; may resubmit each once for a fee. 12 written assignments; may resubmit each once for a fee.
One computer-graded midcourse exam and One computer-graded final exam. Both may be retaken once for a fee. You must pass the final exam with at least a 60% to pass this course.
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Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.
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