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Benjamin V. Hole
PHIL 505
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Teaching Philosophy

First quarter: seminar on topics of importance to a graduate student teaching two quiz sections of a large lecture course. Second quarter: focus on helping student prepare to teach own course. Prerequisite: graduate standing in philosophy. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AW.

Class description

The primary goal of this seminar is to reflect on the strategies and obstacles for designing and teaching one’s own course in the philosophy department at the University of Washington. Through readings and interactive experiences, seminar participants will explore issues, experiment with approaches, and engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning, in a community of philosophical reflection, in order to strengthen their pedagogical choices. Participants will critically reflect on theoretical aspects of course design, as well as specific decisions such as ones involving grading. We will study how to select learning objectives and, by understanding the principles of integrated course design, participants will examine how to best guide students to the successful achievement of these goals.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Benjamin V. Hole
Date: 01/08/2013