AP/MODR1730 6.0 C: Reasoning About Social Issues
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
This is a skills-based course focusing on critical thinking, research-based writing, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. The particular focus will be on different positions taken within the social sciences on issues such as abortion, euthanasia, pornography, immigration etc. Typical examples are to be analyzed. Course credit exclusions: AP/MODR 1760 6.00, AP/MODR 1770 6.00.
Professor Philip MacEwen
This course introduces students to a variety of critical skills and uses them to study some of the major social issues of our time.
All the course texts/readings will be posted on the course website.
Five short writing assignments, each worth 20% of the final grade (5 x 20%=100%).
The course is divided into three sections: 1) logic, argument, and the fallacies; 2) conceptual analysis, and 3) the application of 1) and 2) to studying some of the major social issues of our time.
Students will learn how to think, read, and write critically and use these skills to analyze some of the major social issues of our time.
This course is completely on-line. There are no classes. Zoom lectures will given on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 11:30 a.m. throughout the Summer Term. For students who cannot attend the Zoom lectures live, they will be posted on the course website. All the course details, including the course outline, assignments, and readings, as well as the lectures, will be posted on the course website.
- Academic Honesty
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Religious Observance
- Grading Scheme and Feedback
- 20% Rule
No examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20% of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term. The exceptions to the rule are classes which regularly meet Friday evenings or on Saturday and/or Sunday at any time, and courses offered in the compressed summer terms.
- Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities