Honors

HON 140 Writing & Research I Fall 2003

 

Dr. Tim Craine
MW 108
832-2854

Dr. Brian O'Connell
MS 205
832-2718

Office Hours:

M: 1:00 – 4:00 MW: 5:00 – 6:30

TWR: 10:30 – 12:00 T: 3:30 - 4:30

Course Web Site: www.cs.ccsu.edu/~boconnel/hon140fal03syl.htm

 

Course Description & Goals

This course concentrates upon the development and evaluation of thought and expression in its many forms, including writing, speech and discussion. As a foundation for future courses within

the Honors Program, and hopefully, beyond, it will focus on the acquisition of critical skills within a

variety of contexts. Among the topics covered will be: issue identification, the evaluation of factual

and rhetorical assertions, research, organizational and presentation techniques.

 

Required Texts

Professor Craine's Sections:

Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

 

Professor O'Connell's Sections:

Isaac Asimov, I Robot

John Casti, The Cambridge Quintet

 

Grading

30%

Prof. Craine's Assignments

15%

Snow-Leavis Paper

20%

Debate & Paper

25%

Trial & Brief

10%

Participation (including attendance)

 

Evaluation

Assignments will be evaluated on the following factors. Weighting will be determined by assignment:

Accuracy

Clarity

Organization

Originality

 

Standards

Prior to course commencement, students will agree in writing to the following course standards:

1. Class attendance is presumed.

Students choosing to enroll in this class must clearly understand that complete attendance is expected & agree to honor this commitment.

Three or more unexcused absences will result in loss of participation score.

Excused absences must be arranged at least two days prior to absence date unless a medical emergency exists. A medical letter will be required in this case within one week of return to class.

Cell Phones and beepers must be turned off in class at all times.

 

2. All work must be submitted on due date.

Unexcused late work will receive a full letter grade reduction if handed in up to one week after the deadline and a zero if submitted thereafter.

For excused late work, permission must be obtained prior to assignment due date or in medical emergencies, a medical letter will be required.

Regardless of lateness, all assignments must be completed in order to receive a course grade.

All assignments must be printed and stapled. No emails will be accepted.

 

3. Students must regularly check the online course schedule.

 

4. Students must attend course activities scheduled beyond class time.

This includes group meetings and any extra research activities. Your additional course credit is based on the presumption that individual outside work and group meetings will be necessary.

 

Schedule

Subject to changes & details which will be posted on the course Web site

Section I Argumentation Prof. Craine

Section II Criticism in Action Prof. O'Connell

Section III Arguing A.I. Prof. O'Connell

Section IV Inferences from Data Prof. Craine

Section V Robot Trial Prof. O'Connell 

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SYLLABUS

HON 140-2 (CRITICAL THINKING)

Fall 2003

 

INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Parker English

315 Marcus White, Ext. 2-2824

englishp@ccsu.edu (e-mail username)

Office hours: 2:00-3:00 WF; 12:30-2 TR

Dr. Jerold Duquette

015 Frank Diloreto, Ext. 2-2964

duquettej@ccsu.edu

Office hours: 8-9am MWF; 4-5pm MW

 

TEXTS: 

- The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Tools & Concepts By Paul and Elder

- Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, ed. by Burr and Goldinger

- The Attack on America: September 11, 2001, ed. by William Dudley

- A major national newspaper such as New York Times, which can be accessed online

 

COURSE GOALS: To familiarize you with some of the most important concepts and practices concerning critical thinking in philosophy and in political science.

 

THE EVALUATION AND GRADING SYSTEM: 

Assignment Date Due % of Final Grade

Computer Conference on-going 15

Papers

Duquette (First paper: 4-5pp. ) TBA 12

(Second paper: 4-5pp.) TBA 12

English (First paper: 4-5pp.) TBA 12

(Second paper: 4-5pp.) TBA 12

Debate/Rebuttal Presentations Oct. 27 - Nov. 14 25

Position Paper (4-5 pp.) 15 December 12

 

100

Schedule

Meeting Topic 

Sept. 3-5 Course introduction.

8 Library introduction.

10 Learning Center introduction.

Duquette

Sept. 12 - Critical thinking in political science.

Oct. 1

English

Oct. 3 - Critical thinking in philosophy.

Oct. 24

Debates and Rebuttals

Oct. 27 - First two four-person groups, with rebuttals and class discussion.

Oct. 31

Nov. 3 - Second two four-person groups, with rebuttals and class discussion.

Nov. 7

Nov. 10 - Third two four-person groups, with rebuttals and class discussion.

Nov. 14

Duquette

Nov. 17 - Critical thinking in political science.

Nov. 26

English

Dec. 1 - Critical thinking in philosophy.

Dec. 8 

Conclusion

Dec. 10 Discussion and Course Evaluation

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