Instructor: Dr. Jason Swedene
Office location and phone number: LBR 327 (phone: 635-2122)
Office Hours: T: 9-12 and 1-2; R: 11-12, and by appointment
Students in this course can expect to learn to apply
the tools of philosophical evaluation to issues related to the times
and influences of president George W. Bush.
Some readings will be photocopied
and put on reserve at the circulation desk.
Required Course Website:
Most readings will be linked to the course
website. You are responsible for checking the website regularly.
Websites the well-informed check
often (to be continued):
The Drudge Report
Post Op Eds
and Letters Daily
1) You must attend class
regularly and participate in class activities. A one-half letter grade
reduction will follow the 2nd unexcused absence and each unexcused
absence thereafter. Missing a class without an acceptable excuse on the
day a guest speaker appears will result in a 10 point penalty
regardless of previous attendance record. Please e-mail me if you
plan to miss a class.
2) There will be one in-class
mid-term and one take-home final exam. The exams are in short
answer and essay format.
3) Students will participate in at
least one debate and submit a paper detailing the arguments studied in
preparation for the debate. If time permits and students wish to
engage in a second debate, 5 % extra credit (on the final grade) may be
earned by doing so.
4) Participation is not optional.
Learning philosophy is an exercise in evaluating others’ ideas as well
as formulating one’s own ideas. Both are therefore essential. Keeping
up-to-date with both the readings and course handouts are considered
aspects of class participation. Participation is 10 % of your grade.
5) "In compliance with Lake
Superior State University policy and equal access laws,
disability-related (learning, medical, physical, etc.) accommodations
and services are available. Students are to meet with their professor
in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss
their accommodation needs. Students will not receive services until
they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities
(RCSD). Proper registration will enable the RCSD to verify the
disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations. RCSD is
located in South Hall, office 206, ext. 2355."
Calculating the final grade:
STUDENT DEBATE 20 %
DEBATE PAPER (5-7 pages) 20 %
IN-CLASS MID-TERM 25 %
TAKE HOME FINAL 25 %
PARTICIPATION 10 %
I use the LSSU grading criteria: 97 is
A+, 93 is A, 90 is A-, 87 is B+, etc.
Any form of cheating or plagiarism will
result in certain disciplinary action, which might include failure of
specific project and/or failure of the complete course. Cheating
includes (but is not limited to) the use of any unauthorized assistance
in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; dependence upon the aid of
sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers,
preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
or, the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic
material belonging to a member of college faculty or staff. Quotations
must be used when the words are not your own and citations must
accompany the use of others’ ideas, even if you paraphrase their
wording. Failure to do so is plagiarism.
Testing dates: Midterm
Exam (Feb 26), Final Exam (due April 26-30)
Paper due date: April
22 (by 2:00 pm to avoid late penalties of 5% per day)