Writing Intensive Classes
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Philosophy 100 Level Courses
Students in 100 level classes are not usually expected to conduct research or consult texts outside of class material. Rather, emphasis is placed on developing critical reasoning skills, especially the abilities to identify philosophical issues, clarify concepts, and to analyze and to defend the soundness and validity of arguments in the readings assigned for class. At this stage, no specific research skills are expected.
Philosophy 200 Level Courses
PHI 200 is a required ‘methods course’ for philosophy majors. This course is intended to:
a) provide students with intensive practice in reading and writing philosophy;
b) acquaint them with a representative sample of scholarly work of the members of the Smith College philosophy department; and
c) introduce them to the authors of that work.
This is a writing and oral intensive course. Attention will be given to the proper use and citation of sources. Students are formally introduced to the physical and electronic library and internet resources via a visit to the Neilson Library for an informational session with the library liaison to the philosophy department. Other courses at the 200 level undertake this introduction to the appropriate informational resources for philosophy more directly and informally.
By the completion of a 200 level course, we expect students to be able to search for literature relevant to an essay they are reading, using scholarly databases and bibliographies and to select appropriate scholarly material for attention in a paper.
Philosophy 300 Level Courses
Students should be able to:
Students should at this point be able to assemble a broad bibliography of relevant material, and to identify the most important primary literature and to develop an account of the history of the exploration of a philosophical problem.
Oral Presentations in Seminars
Students should be able:
The Honors Project
Students should be able
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March 14, 2007