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Last approved: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:15:11 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:15:11 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

melnyka
Andrew
Melnyk
MelnykA@missouri.edu
573/882-2871
Philosophy
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Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
melnyka
Andrew
Melnyk
MelnykA@missouri.edu
573/882-2871
Philosophy
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
mcgrathma
Matthew
McGrath
mcgrathma@missouri.edu
573/882-6546
Philosophy

Term for Proposal

 
Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

A&S
Philosophy (PHIL)
Philosophy
4950W
3
 
30
Senior Seminar in Philosophy - Writing Intensive
A capstone course required of and only open to senior Philosophy majors. Course content will vary, depending on the professor teaching the course.
 
Lecture/Standard
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
senior Philosophy major.
 
 
 

Instructor Information

melnyka
Andrew
Melnyk
MelnykA@missouri.edu
573/882-2871
Philosophy
(numbers only)
Tenured Professor
416 Strickland Hall
 
 

The Campus Writing Program conducts a two-day faculty workshop to assist with the design and implementation of your writing intensive course. Once your course proposal has been approved by the Campus Writing Program, you will receive information on time, date and location of the workshop.
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Writing Intensive Course Information

Much excellent work on free will has been done over the past decade or so, and in this course we will critically evaluate some of it. The main text we read will be a book containing substantial presentations of four competing views about free will, written by prominent contemporary philosophers who have developed them; in separate chapters, each author also criticizes the other three views. The course serves as the capstone experience for philosophy majors; but it is not part of a sequence.
The course was again a great success. Still, I plan to modify the first writing assignment by giving the students a choice of just two topics, rather than giving them free rein. The topics will be those that experience has shown work.
Face-to-face
Self paced?

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Should this course be considered for funding?

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Writing Intensive Assignments

Words
Thesis Defense Paper #1
1) The goal of the first is to make a case for either of two of the views presented in the text we read as against its rivals.
One draft required: 1,500--2,000 words.
Final version: 1,900--2,100 words.
Draft to be commented on in detail by me.
Length of assignment:
1750
Instructor
2000
Instructor
3750

Thesis Defense Paper #2
2) The goal of the second thesis-defense paper is to argue for an answer to a philosophical question not directly addressed in class; this will the students to do extra reading. An example of such a question is whether criminal psychopaths are morally responsible for their crimes.
One draft required: 1,500--2,000 words.
Final version: 1,900--2,100 words.
Draft to be commented on in detail by me.
Length of assignment:
1750
instructor
2000
instructor
3750

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
10.61
Revisions:
12.12
22.73
 

Writing Intensive Teaching

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Both thesis-defense papers (see above) will address questions for which there is more than one reasonable answer.
The first thesis-defense paper will be due about 60% of the way through the semester. The second will be due in the final week of semester. Obviously the final exam will be due in exam week. The discussion board posts will be throughout the semester.
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Administrative Information

Humanities and Arts
 
 

Acknowledgement

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Additional Comments

 
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:14:53 GMT): I have added PHIL 4950W, 01 to the Spring 2017 schedule of classes and cancelled the regular section of PHIL 4950, 01 for Spring. The 5 students who were enrolled in PHIL 4950, 01 have been moved to the new section of PHIL 4950W, 01.
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