Question on assigned material (x21): you are expected to submit a question on the assigned material, and bring it to class. Up to 2 points each. Total: 40 max.
In-class assignments, or surprise quizzes (x6): These are short (100-300 words) written exercises we’ll do in class. You'll be asked to answer some questions related to the assigned material for the week. Up to 4 points each. Total 20 max.
Writing assignments (x4): These are written exercises (100-400 words) that you will do at home and submit through SacCT on their due date. Up to 3 points each. Total 12. example: Write a phone message exchange between René Descartes and Elisabeth of Bohemia (two messages from each, four messages total). Make sure the exchange reflects the class material and what we learned about their respective contributions to the debate about the nature of the mind. The exchange needs to show that each author defends a different philosophical position. Use any of the sites to generate fake phone messages, like this one: http://www.fakephonetext.com. Once you write the messages, click “download” at the bottom, then right click on top of the image (once on the new page), and “save as image”. Samples here.
Handout: You are expected to select a reading and develop a handout for it. The handout must summarize the argument of the reading. Format: it can be regular structured prose (up to one two-sided page), a mental map, a comic strip, a song (up to 2 mins), an animation (up to 2mins), a collage … be creative! Up to 5 points. See sample handouts here.
Field work: You need to prepare two questions that will help you figure out someone’s approach to the mind (e.g. whether they are a dualist, identity-theorist, functionalist, materialist), without directly asking, e.g., “are you a dualist?”. These questions could take the form of thought experiments combined with requests for personal intuitions about it. You need to survey at least two people who are not enrolled in this class (e.g. friends, relatives), and analyze their responses to determine which theory of the mind best reflects their intuitions (you need to give reasons for your conclusion, appealing to class material). We’ll hold a class session (October 30) to share everyone’s field work reports. Up to 5 points.
Group presentation: The class will be divided in groups of three, and each group will prepare a presentation. Check SacCT for instructions. Up to 8 points
Participation: You do not learn and come to understand complex arguments simply by passively soaking up what happens around you in the classroom. In order to learn, you need to take an active role in processing the course material. Up to 10 points.