Sonoma State University

Philosophy 101: Critical Thinking

Class Schedule Spring 2010

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Exam Week

• This is a schedule is tentative and may change as we proceed through the semester: I may want to slow down the pace of the class or quicken to make up for time lost or alter assignments and paper due dates; or make other changes as I feel appropriate. So regularly check the website for Assignments and discussions. Also do not print out the schedule as it may change.

• Check the links on the daily schedule for all assignments. There are Discussion Forums (on WebCT) assignments, Journal assignments, and typed assignments to be handed-in electronically (as attachments) or in hard-copy. After you hand in your Journal in the middle of the semester we move to WebCT > Assignments for much of what used to be done in the Journal.
Keep your Journal separate from your class notes. Use a small notebook. Write your name and section number on top of your journal. Clearly mark each Journal entry with the date it was assigned for, and start a new assignment on a new page. The Journals will be collected several times during the semester.

• The material listed on the schedule and under "Assignments due by class time" is assigned for the day it is listed. You need to have done the work before you come to class!

 

 

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Week 1

Monday, February 1. [Meeting 1] Introductions. Getting to know each other, the syllabus and our four books.

Wednesday, February 3. [2] Creative Thinking as a Problem Solving Tool

Assignments due by class time

Friday, February 5. [3] Furlough Day but the Ken Robinson assignment on WebCT is due before midnight!

Assignments due by class time

 

 
 
 

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Week 2

Monday, February 8. [4] The Art of Asking Questions

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentation: [Presentation #1]

 

Wednesday, February 10. [5] Where do we begin? (cont.) "The more you know, the more you know you don't know"

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentation: [Presentation #2] [See WebCT what's your #]

 

Friday, February 12. [6] Discussing Emotions.

Assignments due by class time

Discussion of paper #1 (abstract)

3-minute presentation: [#3] [See WebCT what's your #]

NB: Last day to Add Drop or register late

 
 
 

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Week 3. Socrates Café Question this week: "Would a world without pain and suffering be the best of all possible worlds, or at least better than the world we live in? On the surface it seems. But is this really true? The consequences would be very far reaching." Go to "Discussions" on WebCT to contribute to the conversation in your Group on this question. [Café opens Thursday, February 11, at noon.]

Monday, February 15 . [7] We will view a video in class today: Emotional intelligence: a new vision for educators, presented by Daniel Goleman. To learn more about Goleman click here. In Class: Make notes while watching video (J#16) If you did not attend this class session please view the video in the SSU Library's Media Department where it will be on reserve over the coming weekend!

Assignments due by class time

 

Wednesday, February 17. [8]

Discussion video: Can our EI be further developed or is it set in early childhood or inborn? Further discussion of paper #1. We will do an in-class an Interview with a partner.

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentation: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [4]

 

Friday, February 19. [9]

Furlough Day so we don't meet in class: the whole campus is closed to save money on heating, lighting, and salaries! But there is an assignment on WebCT due before midnight!

Assignment due before midnight

 

 
 

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Week 4. Socrates Café Question this week: "Would you like to know when you are going to die? How would your life be different if you knew that? Would you be able to create a better life for yourself and your family? How would it affect the way society is running?" (Topic opens Saturday, February 20, at 4pm closes Sunday, February 28 at midnight.)

Monday, February 22. [10] Paper #1 discussed (cont.). Discussion of analytical model underlying sect. 2 of emotions paper (paper #1) using the example "Caught near the orchard."

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentation: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [5]

Wednesday, February 24. [11] We will view this video in Class today: The Power of Choice.

Assignments due by class time

 

Friday, February 26. [12] Emotions (cont.). Discussion Section 3, Emotional Self-profile, of paper #1.

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentation: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [6]

 

 
 

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Week 5. Socrates Café Topic this week: "Suppose there existed a smart machine that would give you any experience you desired ..."

Monday, March 1. [13] Emotions (cont.). Discussion of Section 4, Explanation and Understanding, of paper #1.

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentation: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [7]

 

Wednesday, March 3. [14] Emotions (cont.). Discussion of Section 5, Plan for Change, of paper #1.

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentation: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [8]

 

Friday, March 5. [15] Emotions (cont.). Draft of paper #1 due by 2:30pm, in the mailbox of the instructor, only for those who wish to discuss the draft with the instructor. Sign up for an appointment on Tuesday, March 9, by checking the Office Hour schedule and emailing the instructor with your desired spot.

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentation: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [9]

 
 
 

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Week 6. Socrates Café Topic this week: "Happiness"

Monday, March 8. [16] Emotions (cont.). Draft of paper #1 due in class for peer critique.

Assignments due by class time.

3-minute presentation: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [10]

Wednesday, March 10. [17] Paper #1 due: Staple your (second) partner's comments and your hand-corrected and improved draft to the back of your paper!

We view a video of an interview with philosopher Martha Nussbaum, who "relates how the lessons of the ancient Greeks can be applied to our present-day living." Moral conflict; trust what is not under our control opens us to the possibility of moral destruction.

Assignments due by class time.

Friday, March 12. [18] Furlough Day but there will be an assignment

Assignments due by midnight.

 

 
 

Week 7. Socrates Café Question this week: Blind or Deaf?

Monday, March 15. [19] Dancing our Stories

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [11]

 

Wednesday, March 17. [20] Analytic Questions

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [12]

 

Friday, March 19. [21] One System, No System, Conflicting Systems ppt

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [13]

 

 
 

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Week 8. Socrates Café Question this week: Should Convicted Felons Have Voting Rights?

Monday, March 22. [22] Questioning Data, Information, and Experience

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [14]


Wednesday, March 24. [23] Identifying Prior Questions and Interdisciplinary Questions

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [15]

 

Friday, March 26. [24] Furlough. But the Diane Benscoter assignment on WebCT is due before midnight!

Assignments due by midnight

 

 
 

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Week 9 Socrates Café Question this week: How good a liar are you?

Monday, March 29. [25] Looking Ahead. Journals due.

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [16]

 

Wednesday, March 31. Cesar Chavez Birthday (campus closed)

Friday, April 2. [26] Furlough Day, but there is an assignment/attendance point due by midnight!

Assignments due by midnight

 

 
 

 

April 5 - 9: No classes because of Spring Break

 

 
 

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Week 10 Socrates Café Question this week: How do you feel about the Future?

Monday, April 12. [27] The Group Project Introduced

Discussion of Group Project: Two groups of 3-5 students compete with each other to solve a Medical/Social problem, an Economic/Environmental problem, or an Educational problem.
For the Group you are assigned to, please look on WebCT > Class Roster after receiving an email alert on the day before class.

Problems

Group 1 and 2: Overpopulation
Group 3 and 4: Nature Deficit Disorder
Group 5 and 6: Plastic in the Oceans

Assignments due by class time

 

Wednesday, April 14. [28] The Problem Solving Cycle 1: Exploring the Problem

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [17]

 

[Thursday, April 15: Furlough Day: Instructor will not answer mail on this day]

 

Friday, April 16. [29] The Problem Solving Cycle 1: Exploring the Problem

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [18]

 

 
 

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Week 11 Socrates Café Question this week: A World of Possibilities: Social Entrepreneurship

Monday, April 19. [30] The Problem Solving Cycle 2: Establishing Goals and Clarify Values I

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [19]

googling one

Wednesday, April 21. [31] The Problem Solving Cycle 2: Establishing Goals and Clarify Values II

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [20]

googling two

Friday, April 23. [32] The Problem Solving Cycle 3: Generating Ideas I

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [21]

googling three

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action

Janine Benyus shares nature's designs

Sylvia Earle's TED Prize wish to protect our oceans

Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic

 

 
 

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Week 12 Socrates Café Question this week: "The American Dream"

Monday, April 26. [33] The Problem Solving Cycle 3: Generating Ideas II

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [22]

Prompt for Paper #2 ("Group Project")

Solution to Road Kill Problem

Wednesday, April 28. [34] Generating Ideas III

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [23]

[Thursday, April 29: Furlough Day: Instructor may not answer mail on this day]

Friday, April 30. [35] The Problem Solving Cycle 4: Choosing the Solution

NB: Class does not meet to give students ample time to do battle in the Fall 2010 registration competition.

But there will be an attendance equivalent assignment on WebCT to be done between 8am and 10pm.

Assignments due by class time

 
 

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Week 13 Socrates Café Question this week: What do you think of the campus social culture, and how can you improve it by creative initiatives?

Monday, May 3. [36] The Problem Solving Cycle 4: Choosing the Solution

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [24]

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [25]

Prepared Binder due in class

Wednesday, May 5. [37] The Problem Solving Cycle 5: Implementing the Solution

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [26]

Paper #2: Binder with Sections 1 - 3, and 9 is due in the office mail box of the instructor by 2:30pm.

 

Friday, May 7. [38] Furlough Day. But there is an assignment!

Assignments due by 10pm

 
 

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Week 14 Socrates Café Question this week: We continue our conversation about the SSU campus social culture, and add the discussion of Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Hoping for Mr. Right - College Women on Dating and Mating Today.

Monday, May 10. [39] The Problem Solving Cycle 6: Evaluating the Solution

Assignments due by class time

3-minute presentations: See the Class Roster on the homepage of WebCT for when you are on! [27]

Discussion of Group Presentations

Wednesday, May 12. [40] Discussion Paper #3

Paper #2: Creative Problem Solving Project due in class

Discussion of Paper #3

AMNESTY DAY!!! Students who have not yet done their 3-minute presentation can do it today, on a new topic of their own design! You need to email the instructor with an outline of your presentation. Make sure it has Focus, Face, Fun (a prop), and involves the class in a Response!

 

Friday, May 14. [41] All Sections: Presentation by Group 1 & 2

Instructions for Group Presentations

 

 
 

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Week 15 Socrates Café Question this week: Only Open Question Café remains open

Monday, May 17. [42] All Sections: Presentation by Group 3 & 4

Instructions for Group Presentations

 

Wednesday, May 19. [43] All Sections: Presentation by Group 5 & 6

Instructions for Group Presentations

 

Friday, May 21. [44] Furlough Day. And there is no special assignment! [but remember to write your last paper :) ]

 

 
 

Examweek [45]

Paper #3 due in Instructor's mailbox:

101-1: By Monday, May 24, noon
101-2: By Wednesday, May 26, noon
101-3: By Wednesday, May 26, noon
101-4: By Monday, May, 24, noon
101-5: By Friday, May 28, noon

 

 

Last Updated 5/4/10 ZGS