Office Hours: Arranged by email
TA: Hesron Sihombing | Email: Hesron.Sihombing@du.edu
A pass/fail grade option is available. Please inform the teaching assistant in writing no later than February if you choose this option. No reasons need to be given.
For those who choose a letter grade, the following scale is used:
Mid-term take home examination 30%
Final take home examination 40%
Class Participation 20%
Academic Decorum 10%
1) Written grades will be based on the midterm (30%) and final (40%) Written grades are determined as follows:
A: The student demonstrates exceptional quality in written work. Little room for improvement exists. Several primary sources (outside of class readings) are used in the writing assignment. Both effort and execution are first-rate. It is obvious that the reading assignment was critically analyzed.
B: The student’s work is above average. At least one primary source (outside of class reading) is used in the writing assignment. It is obvious that the reading assignment was completed.
C: The student has fulfilled the minimal requirements for this course. Effort and the execution of assignment are of average quality. It is obvious that the reading assignment was not thoughtfully read. There is room for improvement.
D: The student work is below average. It is obvious that the reading assignment was not done. The student is not living up to the expectations of graduate-level work.
F: The student failed to accomplish the class assignments.
A late paper will lose one letter grade for each class day that it is turned in late. If the student plans not to be in class the day an assignment is due, it is the student’s responsibility to get the work to the teaching assistant prior to the class meeting time. If extra ordinary circumstances exist which prevent the student from completing her/his assignment on time, then the student needs to make an appointment with the teaching assistant to discuss an alternative schedule prior to when the assignment is due. Students who do not hand in ALL completed assignments must make prior signed arrangements for an Incomplete. Students not making these prior arrangements will automatically receive an "F" for the course.
2) 10% of the grade is based on academic decorum. Being consistently present for class is a baseline expectation. Grade decorum is based on the following:
A: The student is respectful of others. While disagreeing or challenging, the student never dishonors or disrespects. The student does not monopolize the conversation and is conscious of the need of all students having an opportunity to speak.
B: Every so often the student is insensitive to other student’s social location; rather than challenging or disagreeing with whatever point of view is being offered. The student seems to speak more than others, insensitive that others have not had an opportunity to speak.
C: The student is disrespectful and is not willing to entertain different views. The student confuses their particular experience with the norm. Rather than paying close attention to the lecture and/or discussion, the student is texting, checking facebook, or engaging in some other form of social media unrelated to the class.
D: The student disrupts the learning experience of others by the way they conduct themselves in class.
F: The student creates a hostile classroom experience.
Submission of Assignments: In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we ask that no assignment be submitted in paper form. Please electronically submit your midterm and final to the TA.
Incomplete Policy: Students are responsible for following the procedures outlined in the attached document.
This quarter, we'll be having several Zoom meeting sessions as a way of communicating "in person" as well as through the online discussion forums. These sessions will be a great way to talk about the readings and pose questions and comments in live format, and get some face time with your instructors! Please attend at least three of the sessions.
We'll be holding them on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 6:45pm MST.
The meetings will be held on the following dates:
Monday 1/11 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/94658668360?pwd=dVhRU1ZhL0loRE9QejM4Q2d3TGpHUT09
Tuesday 1/19 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/93596489423?pwd=NEpacllhZFlHc3FqS3I5aVdwNjV6dz09
Wednesday 1/27 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/95829439311?pwd=VndxdlRvV0RQK3BlWWxNeVY0RUl3Zz09
Tuesday 2/2 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/93767353425?pwd=ZlZpN2JMRzVnMmhtRmpBakR5emhlZz09
Monday 2/8 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/92365065560?pwd=dys2T2lxc09reEJUaWJzWWlmUGVMdz09
Tuesday 2/16 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/94102429367?pwd=TkJrR1Z3MHFtSWtySjIzWU1ObjlZdz09
Wednesday 2/24 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/94637580015?pwd=RVdhd3RxOFpTNXR3ZzhsU2xmNDZoZz09
Tuesday 3/2 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://iliff-edu.zoom.us/j/96947728028?pwd=b3BLUGhLTi9lUGJlUDF0KzA0SjBWZz09
Each week, the TA will serve as the facilitator for our discussions. The role of
the facilitators is to post questions to stimulate class discussion around the book
and other related course materials. These questions are intended to extend the
conversation beyond the 5 analysis questions, but may launch from this initial
a) These conversations are an important space for our learning in this
class, so please take these postings seriously and don’t be afraid to
post more often than required. Some suggestions for types of questions
i) Connect the present book to other course material
ii) Share any questions that remained unanswered during your reading of the book
iii) Connect the present book to current events related to course material
iv) Ways in which the author’s ideological location might influence thesis or method and the ramifications.
v) Controversial or difficult topics raised in the book that could use further discussion
i)Questions for Discussion - by Monday at 12:00am
Each week, the TA will post a question or questions for discussion. You are welcome to begin responding as soon as they are posted.
ii) Initial Response - by Wednesday at Midnight
All students must post a substantial response to the prompts posted by the TA or extending the conversation by responding to another student. Please be sure to keep all posts under the original thread.
iii) Comments and Conversation - by Sunday at 8:00pm
Everyone must post a minimum of one additional substantial contribution to the conversation.
After reading the assigned book for the week, students are required to answer these 5 questions based on the reading, send them in writing to the TA's email or on Canvas by Fridays at 8 pm. The purpose is to make sure that everyone is reading the material, besides to help analyze each book. The answer should be short, in bullet form is fine, no longer than a page. This is not a graded assignment. Below are the five questions:
1. The author: who is the author and their background, how their context and background might influence their writing.
2. Thesis of the book: what is the main argument of the book.
3. Methodology and theory: who are the theorists the author engages with, what methodology does the author use.
4. Ethical issues: how does the book further your understanding of some ethical issues.
5. Takeaways: your takeaways from the book.
Order of Readings:
Week 1 (1/5) Kant Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
Week 2 (1/12) Sheldon In His Steps
Week 3 (1/19) Fletcher Situation Ethics
Week 4 (1/26) De La Torre Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins
Week 5 (2/2) De La Torre Latina/o Social Ethics
Week 6 (2/9) Alinsky Rules for Radicals
Week 7 (2/16) hooks Ain't I A Woman
Week 8 (2/23) Jones and Smith Spirit and Capital in an Age of Inequality
Week 9 (3/2) Cone, Martin & Malcolm & America
Week 10 (3/9) Final Exam
|Jan 06, 2021||Wed||Introductions||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 13, 2021||Wed||Deliberative Motif Lecture||due by 06:58AM|
|Jan 18, 2021||Mon||Kant Discussion||due by 03:00AM|
|Jan 20, 2021||Wed||Prescriptive Motif Lecture||due by 06:58AM|
|Jan 23, 2021||Sat||5 Questions Assignment||due by 03:00AM|
|Jan 25, 2021||Mon||Sheldon Discussion||due by 03:00AM|
|Jan 27, 2021||Wed||Relational Motif Lecture||due by 06:58AM|
|Jan 30, 2021||Sat||5 Questions Assignment||due by 03:00AM|
|Feb 01, 2021||Mon||Fletcher Discussion||due by 03:00AM|
|Feb 03, 2021||Wed||Liberationist Lecture||due by 06:58AM|
|Feb 06, 2021||Sat||5 Questions Assignment||due by 03:00AM|
|Feb 08, 2021||Mon||De La Torre Discussion #1||due by 03:00AM|
|Feb 10, 2021||Wed||Postmodern/Postcolonial Lecture||due by 06:58AM|
|Feb 13, 2021||Sat||5 Questions Assignment||due by 03:00AM|
|Feb 13, 2021||Sat||Midterm||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 15, 2021||Mon||De La Torre Discussion #2||due by 03:00AM|
|Feb 17, 2021||Wed||Political Ethics Materials||due by 06:58AM|
|Feb 20, 2021||Sat||5 Questions Assignment||due by 03:00AM|
|Feb 22, 2021||Mon||Alinsky Discussion||due by 03:00AM|
|Feb 24, 2021||Wed||Gender Ethics Materials||due by 06:58AM|
|Feb 27, 2021||Sat||5 Questions Assignment||due by 03:00AM|
|Mar 01, 2021||Mon||hooks Discussion||due by 03:00AM|
|Mar 03, 2021||Wed||Class Ethics Materials||due by 06:58AM|
|Mar 06, 2021||Sat||5 Questions Assignment||due by 03:00AM|
|Mar 08, 2021||Mon||Jones & Smith Discussion||due by 03:00AM|
|Mar 10, 2021||Wed||Race Ethics Materials||due by 06:58AM|
|Mar 11, 2021||Thu||Final Exam||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 13, 2021||Sat||5 Questions Assignment||due by 03:00AM|
|Mar 15, 2021||Mon||Cone Discussion||due by 02:00AM|