HON 140 Writing & Research I Fall 2003
Dr. Tim Craine
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.
Professor Craine's Sections:
Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments
Professor O'Connell's Sections:
Isaac Asimov, I Robot
John Casti, The Cambridge Quintet
Prof. Craine's Assignments
Debate & Paper
Trial & Brief
Participation (including attendance)
Assignments will be evaluated on the following factors. Weighting will be determined by assignment:
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.
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
HON 140-2 (CRITICAL THINKING)
INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Parker English
315 Marcus White, Ext. 2-2824
firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail username)
Office hours: 2:00-3:00 WF; 12:30-2 TR
Dr. Jerold Duquette
015 Frank Diloreto, Ext. 2-2964
Office hours: 8-9am MWF; 4-5pm MW
- 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
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
Sept. 3-5 Course introduction.
8 Library introduction.
10 Learning Center introduction.
Sept. 12 - Critical thinking in political science.
Oct. 3 - Critical thinking in philosophy.
Debates and Rebuttals
Oct. 27 - First two four-person groups, with rebuttals and class discussion.
Nov. 3 - Second two four-person groups, with rebuttals and class discussion.
Nov. 10 - Third two four-person groups, with rebuttals and class discussion.
Nov. 17 - Critical thinking in political science.
Dec. 1 - Critical thinking in philosophy.
Dec. 10 Discussion and Course Evaluation