Jason H Morse
Expository writing based on material presented in a specified social science lecture course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytic prose. Concurrent registration in specified course required.
This class will use writing as a way to engage the texts, concepts, and disciplinary writing genres of the linked lecture course. A lecture course in contemporary moral problems provides an excellent opportunity to improve your own writing skills. As this class is a philosophical interrogation of moral issues in our contemporary moment, you will be a series of argumentative essays that engage the way philosophy as a discipline, or a method of understanding the world, discusses the social issues presented in the course. There are many other ways to understand these social issues – such as, sociology, medicine/public health, religion, feminism/gender/sexuality studies, cultural studies – but this course will focus on writing arguments using philosophical inquiry as a method of staking claims, analyzing and evaluating evidence, and reaching conclusions. Short assignments, workshops, peer reviews, and conferences, will allow you to refine your understanding of what makes a successful written argument using philosophical methods of argumentation, and help you develop the skills and habits necessary to produce explicate, critique, and defend your own philosophical position.
Student learning goals
Familiarity with philosophical writing genres, particularly explication, critique, and defending a position.
Critical reading skills.
Analysis and evaluation of different forms of philosophical argumentation.
General method of instruction
The class focuses on class discussion, group work, presentations on student work, and peer review workshop conferences of most student writing.
Class assignments and grading
Three short, three major papers (which are revised at least once based on my detailed comments and peer reviews), and potential small in-class writing assignments, graded peer reviews, and class participation, including contribution to class discussion, in-class group work and exercises, presentations (at least 2).
Grades are based on the successful, timely completion of all writing assignments as well as investment in class discussion, group work, and peer review conferences.