AP/MODR1760 6.0 A: Reasoning About Morality and Values
ONLN (Fully Online)
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
This is a skills-based course focusing on critical thinking, critical writing, and logical and linguistic analysis. The course uses examples drawn from areas in the humanities where value judgements are made. Different sections will stress different topics in ethics, aesthetics, religion or law. Course credit exclusions: AP/MODR 1730 6.00, AP/MODR 1770 6.00.
Students enrolled in this course are required to review the Next Steps website.
The Next Steps website explains how to start your fully online (ONLN) & blended (BLEN) course(s) with start up information including computing requirements, course website access instructions and links to course outlines & course websites. Students are also encouraged to review the Student Guide to eLearning at York University.
Moodle course website access starts within the first week of the term. For late enrollees it takes two business days from the time of your enrolment to access the Moodle websites once the semester has started. Course materials begin to be released on the course website during the first week of the semester. Get familiar with Moodle by reviewing the Moodle Student Resources Page.
Cael Cohen, PhD
Office hours: Monday & Wednesday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Room 447, South Ross Building
This skills-based course that teaches students how to read, write and think critically through: (1) a collection of critical skills, practices, techniques, attitudes and principles that can be used every day to systematically evaluate your own and others’ reasoning about morality and values; (2) an approach to ethical disagreements and controversial moral issues using rational standards and mindfulness awareness; (3) critical assessment and formulation of ethical beliefs, arguments, and concepts based on relevant, acceptable and sufficient grounds, rather than passive acceptance.
|Required Course Text / Readings:
Required reading for this course includes the one book listed below and several supplementary readings posted to the Moodle course site. This course book is available for purchase from the York University Bookstore. Every week, students should check the weekly lecture schedule for the required readings. (See pages 5 – 19 of this course outline.)
· Take-Home Mid-Term Exam 30%.
· Passage Analysis Assignment with Essay 35%.
· Homework in Modules 1 and 3, as follows: 10% in Module 1; 10% in Module 3; for a total of 20%.
· Participation 15%. Consists of weekly Lecture Participation Assignments (LPAs).
Take-Home Mid-Term Exam—30%: Exam questions available on Thursday, June 20, 9:00 am, Session 14. Exams answers due before Monday, June 24, 9:00 am, Session 15.
Do NOT have to show in person to write this exam. Download exam questions from the course site and upload answers to submission link. Practice exams and grading criteria will be provided. Must be students’ own original, independent work. Collaboration is not permitted. Turnitin.com, a commercial, Internet-based plagiarism detection service, will be used from within the Moodle site.
Passage Analysis Assignment with Essay—35%: Due Monday, July 29, 9:00 am, Session 24.
Select a passage from a set of provided passages. Analyze the passage following the techniques and steps taught in class. Includes 1000-1250 word written essay. Must follow the techniques, skills and model taught in lectures. Grading criteria provided. Must be students’ own original, independent work. Collaboration is not permitted. To be submitted to Moodle course site. Turnitin.com, a commercial, Internet-based plagiarism detection service, will be used from within the Moodle site.
Homework—20%. All homework will be submitted online to the Moodle course site. Homework assigned in a Monday session will be due before the following Thursday session, 9:00 am. Homework assigned in a Thursday session will be due before the following Monday, 9:00 am.
Module 1 = 10%:
Seven homework assignments. Amount of marks of each homework assignment in Module 1 varies. Marks earned will be divided by the total number of possible marks for homework in Module 1 and converted into a homework mark out of 10%.
Module 3 = 10%:
Three homework assignments. Amount of marks of each homework assignment in Module 3 varies. Marks earned will be divided by the total number of possible marks for homework in Module 3 and converted into a homework mark out of 10%.
Late homework will NOT be accepted under ANY circumstances, including late enrollment and illness. Homework must be students’ own original, independent work. Collaboration is not permitted, unless specified by the course instructor.
Lecture Participation Assignments (LPAs) are assigned almost every lecture and are to be submitted to Moodle course site. Lecture Participation Assignments will NOT be accepted late and cannot be made up, under any circumstances, including late enrollment or illness.
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