Course Description /152 Western Philosophy ONLINE /
Dr. John Holladay
Western Philosophy 152--Monroe County Community College
Dr. John Holladay, Humanities Professor
Online office hours for the spring session:
Mon. / Wed. = 8-9 pm
You will need a password to reach the class site in
BLACKBOARD. This will be provided the first day of the semester.
Texts and Supplies
(All are available in the MCCC Bookstore. They may also be
purchased online at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.)
Each student must purchase
the following three texts for this course:
The Enduring Questions,
Rader, 7th edition / Wadsworth / ISBN 0-15-506286-7
& Other Works,
Trans. Jowett / Anchor Doubleday / ISBN 0-385-09497-3
Barrett / Anchor Doubleday / ISBN 0-385-03138-6
Also students must have a
recent version of MS Word or any other full-function word processor that
saves in RTF (Rich Text Format).
A realistic place to
start is probably with this observation. Since we are working with
technology, expect the technology to fail on occasion. We will almost
certainly encounter times when the MCCC server is not working properly. We
will probably face days when our home service is delayed or interrupted.
Most of the time,
computers work, and they work well. Occasionally they fail.
Do not despair. Do
not "flame." Relax. Leave a message on my voice mail. Once in a great
while, we will have to make allowances for technical problems.
college Blackboard system goes down, as soon as it becomes available again,
I will post an announcement on the course’s home page notifying you of any
changes in due dates for assignments.
If your work is
frequently late (more than two times) because of technical problems at your
end, you will have to do your work on a reliable computer somewhere else,
perhaps in one of the MCCC labs. If that does not work, you may have to
drop the course (or purchase a new computer).
must work online several times a week and show evidence of this
in the online classroom. I recommend that you visit our class site
at least five days a week to check
the announcements—visit every day if possible.
The most successful
method of studying philosophy is through systematic and detailed discussions
of each source. As much as possible we will be using group discussions and
the Socratic method of learning. The Socratic approach requires that we
continually question each premise in our effort to reach an understanding of
any philosophical concept. If we are to speak intelligently, we must all
have carefully read the assigned material by the assigned dates. For many
people the assignments may require more than one reading. A second reading
is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of commitment and dedication.
Study questions will provided for each
reading assignment in the hope that they will facilitate our understanding
and our discussion of each work. When asked to write out your answers to
study questions, you must answer each question in your own words. Do not
copy quoted passages from the reading. That will not indicate that you
understand the passages you are copying.
assignments: Since perfect
"attendance" can be achieved by working on your assignments any time of the
day or night, seven days a week, you should have no "good" reason for
missing the deadline for an assignment. Don’t blame it on the computer.
Submit things early, and have a back-up computer available when yours fails.
But, of course, occasionally some people do
fail to complete assignments on time: personal crises, computer crises, and
failure to start the assignment until the last minute. When you fail to
submit work on time, this has an impact on other people: it creates problems
for your fellow students and your teacher.
In this class, more than in most, completing
your assignments on time is essential. You cannot contribute to the
dialectic of philosophy if you are not prepared and not present. Much takes
place in this class that never appears on an exam. You adversely affect
others if you do not complete your assignments on time. All assignments
must be submitted on the day they are due. Late assignments will cause your
grade to be lowered.
You will do best if you have no
late work this semester, but if it is absolutely necessary, you will be
allowed two late assignments with no penalty. However,
after the second late assignment,
every late assignment will receive a zero.
No late assignments after the second are “excused.”
Follow the assignment
schedule unless the instructor informs you it has been altered. Assignments
are posted under the Assignments button on the Blackboard home page for this
Midterm Exam on Campus = 25%
Final Exam on Campus = 25%
Essay = 10%
Question Responses = 30%
Discussion Boards and Responses =
Grading: 100-90=A / 89-80=B /79-70=C /
69-60=D / Below 60=F
[If a student is unable to get
to campus for the two tests, he or she will need to make other arrangements
to take the test locally. Contact the instructor if this becomes
necessary. If arrangements cannot be made, the student will be required to
drop the course.]
Be aware of the
College’s policy on withdrawals as printed in the Student Handbook:
In the spring, if you drop any class before the
end of the fourth week, you will receive an
automatic grade of W. If you drop any class after the
fourth week, you
will receive an E in the course. This is now the policy in all MCCC courses.
I support the College’s
emphasis on writing across the curriculum. Taking notes, answering study
questions, writing summaries, and writing micro-themes can help one come to
a better understanding of new and difficult concepts. In addition, all
writing assignments, quizzes, tests, and research papers must be written in
standard, edited American English. To this end, you should revise and edit
your drafts until they are clearly college-level work in both content and
free to email me at any time.
I will respond as soon as I can. I
will be ready to respond immediately during my office hours: Mon. / Wed. 8-9
A few reminders:
A) Your primary
responsibility in this class is reading the assigned philosophers and
writing your responses to those assignments. You will be asked to write
frequently and vigorously.
Remember, this spring
class will cover in six weeks the material usually covered in a fifteen-week
semester. So expect to spend between fifteen and twenty hours a week on this
recommend you follow this sequence each time you visit our class site:
Read the announcements.
Check the assignments page.
I will try to post your assignments at
least a week before they are due--usually two or three weeks before they are
due. If you have trouble with any of the Blackboard functions, email me. I will try to help. If all else fails, we will rely on email
until the Blackboard functions are working again.
Rule #1: DON'T
"FLAME" ON THE TEACHER OR FELLOW STUDENTS.
People will sometimes disappoint you. Others may not
be as dedicated or as talented as you are. We will be working in
peer-response groups. If someone is not carrying his or her share of the
load, let me know, but be polite. Students can be dismissed from the class
for bad netiquette.
Appropriate student conduct as defined by the
Monroe County Community College Student Conduct Code will be expected of
students at all times. See the MCCC Catalog.
Any act of plagiarism will cause the student
to fail the course.
Students with Disabilities
We will make appropriate accommodations based
on a student's disability. If you do have a disability but have not
voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability and do not have the
support you need, you are invited to contact the coordinator of the Learning
Assistance Lab, Dr. Cindy Riedel, at email@example.com.
I am looking forward to getting to know each of you through your
writing and in our individual conferences. If you write honestly and
enthusiastically about a variety of philosophical topics, you will find the
course to be a stimulating, educational, and rewarding experience.
Please send comments or additions/corrections to:
John Holladay, Ed.D., Humanities Professor
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Road
Monroe, Michigan 48161
|Also, as soon
as you have registered for the class, please send Dr. Holladay your
email address at the following location:
must have your email address to send you orientation materials.
During orientation for the new semester, you will receive a password to
reach the Blackboard site!