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Updated 10/30/2014

Phil 108 has one in-class midterm, a quiz, a final, and three short papers.

 

 

 

MIDTERM WRAP-UP SLIDE SHOW

 

SECOND ESSAY TOPICS

Option (topic) #1: DUE OCT 30, accepted Nov.4 with -3 points penalty

Option  (topic) # 2 and #3: Due Nov.4 without penalty.

No papers accepted later than Nov.4

 

REVISED READING LIST #2

 

QUIZ STUDY GUIDE

QUIZ NOV.6

 

 

Textbooks Fall 2014:

Nina Rosenstand, The Human Condition

(Book or Course reader with selected chapters, Blue cover)

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Phil 108 Course Reader (Green cover)

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS in FALL 2014

Four (4) extra credit options (1 percentage point each) allowed per student per semester. Total max. extra credit points available: 4 percentage points added to your final grade. Written extra credit submissions must be typed and double-spaced. All written extra credit will be due at the end of the semester.

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: watch The History Channel's 2-hour special, "From Ape to Man," and write 1/2-1 page about something that relates to our class material/class discussions.

Extra credit option: watch 2001, a Space Odyssey and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the text (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch Lord of the Flies (or read the book) and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the text (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch American History X and write 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page, commenting on the article in Rosenstand's Tweet on "Found: Closest link to Eve," Oct.9

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page, commenting on the article in Rosenstand's Tweet on "Indonesian cave paintings" Oct.9

 

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS in FALL 2013

Four (4) extra credit options (1 percentage point each) allowed per student per semester. Total max. extra credit points available: 4 percentage points added to your final grade. Written extra credit submissions must be typed and double-spaced. No more extra credit submissions accepted.

Extra credit option: Comment on any of the blog posts or comments on Rosenstand's Alternative Voice website. The comment has to be relevant, follow the blogging rules, and be of approx. 1/2  typed page (two short paragraphs or one long paragraph) in length.

Extra credit option expired: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday Nov.15, 12:00-2:00, G-101. Speaker: Gloria Kim, Lecturer in History, Mesa College. Topic: "The Politics of Educational Equity for Southeast Asian Refugee Youth, San Diego, 1975-80"

Extra credit option expired: Attend a session (a talk) at the SDSU Philosophy Conference Oct.19 and 20 (attendance is free) and earn 1 point by writing approx. 1/2 page about the session you went to. Any session will be acceptable. Get the program by going to www.sdphilosophy.sdsu.edu

Extra credit option expired: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday Oct.11, 12:00-2:00, G-101. Speaker: Mark Trembley, Professor of Geography, Mesa College. Topic: "Israel/Palestine--Peace in Our Time?"

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: watch 2001, a Space Odyssey and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch Lord of the Flies (or read the book) and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch American History X and write 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page about an animal sense of justice in Course Reader, Bekoff & Pierce.

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS in FALL 2012

Four (4) extra credit options (1 percentage point each) allowed per student per semester. Total max. extra credit points available: 4 percentage points added to your final grade. Written extra credit submissions must be typed and double-spaced. All extra credit must be completed by Dec.6.

New: Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page about an animal sense of justice in Course Reader, Bekoff & Pierce.

Remember: Extra credit option: Comment on relevant blog posts on Rosenstand's Alternative Voice website. The comment has to be relevant, follow the blogging rules, and be of approx. 1/2 a typed page (two short paragraphs or one long paragraph) in length.

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Rent and watch 2001, a Space Odyssey and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: Rent and watch Lord of the Flies (or read the book) and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: Rent and watch Mississippi Massala and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.5).

Extra credit option: Rent and watch American History X and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.5).

Extra credit option: Watch Youtube: Antonio Damasio lecturing on Self Comes to Mind (google it), and write 1/2-1 page about something you find interesting.

Extra credit option: Rent and watch Devil in a Blue Dress and write 1/2-1 page about its depiction of race relations in Los Angeles at the time of the film's plot (Ch.5).

Extra credit option: Watch The Help and write 1/2-1 page about something relevant for Ch.5.

Extra credit option: Consult with Prof. Rosenstand about individual options/options discussed in class.

 

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS in FALL 2011

Four (4) extra credit options (1 percentage point each) allowed per student per semester. Total max. extra credit points available: 4 percentage points added to your final grade. Written extra credit submissions must be typed and double-spaced. All extra credit must be completed by Dec.8.

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page about any of the study questions in Chapter 9 and 10, including the Readings and Narratives. Make sure you indicate clearly the chapter, page number and question!

Extra credit option: Write a relevant blog comment of a few paragraphs to one of Prof. Rosenstand's posts on the www.philosophyonthemesa.com website, or submit it in hard copy under your own name. (A short remark isn't enough!)

Extra credit option expired: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday Dec.2, 12:00-2:00, G-101. Speaker: Ken Berger, Professor of Geography at Mesa College. Topic: "Philippines and World War II Guerilla Money." Sign the blue sign-in sheet and get 1 point for attending.

Extra credit option: Watch Youtube: Steven Pinker lecturing on The Blank Slate, and write 1/2-1 page about something you find interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef3Re2IRXvM

Extra credit option: Watch Youtube: Steven Pinker lecturing on The Better Angels of Our Nature, and write 1/2-1 page about something you find interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8jzumc1wvg

Extra credit option: Watch Youtube: Antonio Damasio lecturing on Self Comes to Mind (google it), and write 1/2-1 page about something you find interesting.

Extra credit option: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday Oct.14, 12:00-2:00, G-101. Speaker: Josef Binter, lecturer in Philosophy, Mesa College. Topic: "Albert Camus and Friedrich Nietzsche: A Novel Convergence." Sign the blue sign-in sheet and get 1 point for attending. For an additional point, write 1/2-1 page afterwards about something in the talk that intrigued you/disturbed you. If you missed the talk you may inquire about watching it on DVD instead at the LRC.

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Rent and watch Mississippi Massala and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.5).

Extra credit option: Rent and watch American History X and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.5).

Extra credit option: Rent and watch Devil in a Blue Dress and write 1/2-1 page about its depiction of race relations in Los Angeles at the time of the film's plot (Ch.5).

Extra credit option: Watch The Help and write 1/2-1 page about something relevant for Ch.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS in FALL 2010

Four (4) extra credit options (3 points each) allowed per student per semester. Total max. extra credit points available: 12 points = 4 percentage points added to your final grade. All written work must be turned in in hard copy; no e-mail submissions, please!

Extra credit option: Write a relevant blog comment of a few paragraphs to one of Prof. Rosenstand's posts on the www.philosophyonthemesa.com website, or submit it in hard copy under your own name. (A short remark isn't enough!)

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Write a relevant comment of 1-2 paragraphs about Prof. Rosenstand's blog entry "The Human Condition? Here's Ardi!" http://philosophyonthemesa.com, and post it or turn it in.

Extra credit option: Watch "Becoming Human" Part 1, Part 2, or both, on PBS online, www.pbs.org, and write 1/2-1 page for each show about something you found interesting/disturbing.

Extra credit option: Rent and watch Mississippi Massala and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.5).

Extra credit option: Rent and watch American History X and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the textbook (Ch.5).

Extra credit option: Rent and watch Devil in a Blue Dress and write 1/2-1 page about its depiction of race relations in Los Angeles at the time of the film's plot (Ch.5).

Extra credit option expired: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday October 8, 12:00-2:00, G-101. Speaker: Lecturer of Geography Jerry Mason. Topic: "Creative Solutions for Sustainable Urban Landscapes."

Extra credit option expired: Social Sciences Occasional Lectures Friday November 5, 12:00-2:00, G-101: Speaker: Professor Emeritus of History Mary Lou Locke. Topic: "My Second Career: New Trends in Blogs, E-Books, and Independent Publishing."

 

 

 

 

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page about any of the articles on the weblinks page.

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page about Darwin's influence, based on this article: Darwin, Prescient with ‘Origin,’ Is Still Influential - NYTimes.com

Extra credit option: Write a relevant comment of 1-2 paragraphs about Prof. Rosenstand's blog entry "Darwin and/or the Quest for Meaning," http://philosophyonthemesa.com, and post it or turn it in.

Extra credit option expired: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday Oct.9, 12:00-2:00, LRC 435. Lecturer in Geography Ginger Root will talk about “Hands of Mercy Orphanage: The Faces behind Tanzania’s Poverty.” Sign in and stay for the first hour, and earn 3 points!

Extra credit option: Write 1/2 page about the issue of euthanazing severely disabled newborns (personhood):  Doctors: let us kill disabled babies - Sunday Times - Times Online

Extra credit option: Read Time Magazine articles about human evolution (Mid-Oct. 06 issue) and write 1/2 page about a feature that interests you.

 Extra credit option: Rent and watch the film Gattaca and write 1/2 page about it, reflecting the issue of politics and genetic engineering

 

 

 

 

 

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