Reading Engagement 1

These assignments are designed to require you to engage closely with a single issue, but do not require extended treatment. They are less formal in nature than the final paper. Only address topics mentioned in the reading list or approved in consultation with the instructor. Only use assigned readings from primary texts. Remember to list the relevant page numbers with your engagements so that I may follow your topic and argument (and, of course, to avoid plagiarism).

Each engagement should be about two-to-three paragraphs in length (roughly 250-550 words), and should do one of the following:

(1) Offer a criticism of a particular view.

(2) Respond to a criticism that might be leveled against a particular view.

(3) Compare/contrast two competing views with a critical evaluation of which is more viable or how they might inform/be compatible with one another.

These reading engagements require a traditional essay structure in miniature: introduction, body and conclusion. They also cannot just parrot what is in the text, they must provide an argument. You are free to discuss whichever assigned sources you wish. You should explain the argument for a target position (e.g. whether human will is free or determined, utilitarianism vs. Kantianism, etc.). After explaining the position, briefly give your argument for why you agree or disagree with the position. Marks will be given for clearly explaining the position and giving a clear argument. Feel free to compare and contrast with other positions you have learnt over the semester. You may contact me ahead of time if you want to ask questions about a particular topic.

Some Rubric
Some Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
Clear thesis?
Full Marks
15.0 pts
Moderate
9.0 pts
Poor
6.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
15.0 pts
Mechanics (basic)
Full Marks
5.0 pts
Some errors
3.0 pts
Many errors
1.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
5.0 pts
Mechanics (technical)
Full Marks
10.0 pts
Some errors
6.0 pts
Many errors
4.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
10.0 pts
Exposition
Full Marks
25.0 pts
Moderate
15.0 pts
Poor
10.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
25.0 pts
Critical component
Full Marks
35.0 pts
Decent
28.0 pts
Moderate
21.0 pts
Poor
14.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
35.0 pts
Followed instructions?
Full Marks
10.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
10.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0

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