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COURSE NUMBER: PHIL 495
COURSE TITLE: Senior Philosophy Seminar
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jeffrey Dudiak
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 3 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: All students with philosophy as a first subject of concentration in the B.A. program are required to take this course. Students develop skills in philosophical scholarship by preparing and presenting a written project involving interdisciplinary research on an appropriate topic.

Prerequisites: Six credits in philosophy at the 300-level
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Texts vary depending upon the research projects selected by the students involved in the seminar each year.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Weekly readings and interim presentations 30%
Research paper40%
Final oral exam based on research paper 30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: In this course students undertake a substantial research project that results in a solid piece of writing, with an eye toward integrating their philosophical studies with their overall university education.  Students are expected to:
  1. hone research skills.
  2. develop more sophisticated writing abilities.
  3. think deeply about the nature of philosophy and its significance for education and life.
COURSE OUTLINE: Students will meet weekly with the professor to review progress on their projects and develop strategies for moving forward toward the finished product.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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