CLASS PARTICIPATION GRADE IN INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THINKING
PHIL 1010: -- SUMMER 2001
Bob Corbett, instructor
Meets: 10 AM -- NOON.
This is a reading, discussion, analysis, evaluation and thinking course and not a lecture course.
Students are expected to read the assigned texts with care. However, it is expected that students will participate vigorously
in class in a way that demonstrate some serious thinking about texts that have obviously
been read with care. "Shooting from the hip" that is, talking without thinking and without
the benefit of having read the texts or thinking is not as much welcomed in class discussion.
15% of the class grade will be given for class discussion. This has nothing to do
with class ATTENDANCE, which is another matter all together. Rather, the expectation
is that you not merely attend class and do the written assignments, but that you
contribute to the class discussion.
The grades will be given on the following basis:
- A grade of "A" will mean that the student regularly contributes to the class in a
manner that demonstrates a close familiarity with the assigned texts and indicates some serious thinking
about the text and argument. The student also shows full respect for other members of the class
in carrying on discussion. Disagreement with one another and with the professor is not onloy
acceptable, but highly encouraged. However, not showing respect for the other's views
is not acceptable.
- A grade of "B" will mean that the student participated as described above, but
did so with less regularity, or contributed often, but in ways that suggested the
student had not carefully read the texts or thought the material through, or that the
student, while generally contributing to class discussion did not show adequate
respect for the views of others.
- A grade of "C" will mean that the student did participate in some regular fashion,
but either not very often, or without the quality or tolerance suggested above.
- A greade of "D" will mean the student simply didn't participate with any degree
of regularity, or did so in a consistently unprepared manner or with consistent
disrespect for the views of others, or some combination of these difficulties.
- A grade of "F" would mean virtually no participation or some very serious
failures in either the quality of the content or the nature of mutual respect for
other students and/or the professor.