I will not grant an incomplete - so please do not ask!
NO Late work will be accepted.
No late work will be graded.
You earn 0 points for ALL late work.
ALL WORK IS DUE AT THE START OF CLASS!
NO WORK from this class will be accepted via email.
TURN all work in...IN CLASS ONLY! The assignment web pages are setup for my online classes, too. Students in this class MAY NOT email any work! We meet often enough...
THE THOUGHT PIECES
Write (Typed, double space, name in upper right corner, staple on left) 3- 5 pages of your honest reaction to the question and be prepared to discuss your piece in class.
1. Is life real or a reflection of reality? Are you "chained" to seeing the world one way? Be specific, give examples.
2. Is there "human nature"? Speak about yourself, your life experiences and what you know or suspect about human nature.
3. Would you rather live in More's Utopia or under Machaivelli's prince? Give specific reason to support your choice.
4. Are we more free today than those in the Enlightenment era? Give specific examples from your life to support your argument.
5. When did you first hear the word "communist"? What did it mean to you then? what does it mean to you now? Give specific examples in your life where your understanding of the term expanded, grew or developed.
THE PHILOSOPHER'S REPORT
At any time you may inform the professor of your choice before week 5. On Week 5, you will choose or be assigned a philosopher from the boxes below:
||C. von Clausewitz
Write 5 - 8 pages (typed, double spaced, APA style, with at least 5 - 8 college level sources (not Wikipedia (childish), blogs, etc. referenced in the body of the paper) discussing the philosopher's view on the central question of the class: "What is a state, a citizen, how does it or they get their authority? What is good governance, civic duty, and civil society, etc?"
THE COURSE PROJECT
First, choose one of the research questions and develop an 8 - 12 page research paper (APA style, with 8 - 12 citations in the body of the paper from at least 8 - 12 college level sources (not Wikipedi nor blogs, etc). Fully develop the question and provide as deep and comprehensive of an answer as possible given the assignment.
1. What is justice? How can it be created or developed by government? Cite authors from class and others to create your own deep understanding of justice in the 21st Century.
2. What is democracy? Can it be exporte3d, created or developed around the world? Should it be?Cite authors from class and others to create your own deep understanding of democracy in the 21st Century.
3. In 21st Century America, is there still a "common good," or "civic virtue," or "civil society"? What, specifically does it mean (who decides, etc) and how is it realized today? Cite authors from class and others to create your own deep understanding of "common good," or "civic virtue," or "civil society."
4. Are all governments corrupt? Is all corruption the same? How can corruption in government be reduced or limited or eliminated? Cite authors from class and others to create your deep understanding of corruption in the American political system in the 21st Century.
5. Is the language of Marxists still relevant today? Has communism failed and if so what does that tell us about humanity's future? Cite authors from class and others to create your deep understanding of the relevance of Marxism in the 21st Century.
6. Compare and contrast the language of the American Far Right Militia's and the so-called Muslim fundamentalist extremists. Given the internet and globalization in general what re the implications for peace and understanding between Islam and the West. Cite authors from class and others to create your own deep understanding of political extremism in the 21st Century.
7. Is a corporation a "person"? What if there were no such concept? How would this change US society and the political system?Cite authors from class and others to create your own deep understanding of the role of corporations in American society and politics 21st Century.
8. Exactly how does feminism differ from all the other perspectives we have covered in class. Answer the basic question of this course: "What is a state, a citizen, how does it or they get their authority? What is good governance, civic duty, and civil society"? from a Feminists perspective. Cite authors from class and others to create your deep understanding the Feminist perspective in the 21st Century.
9. Can you cross the same river twice? What is the effect of time on the human condition? Are we modern humans so different from our ancestors? (Ancient or closer) Has humanity "progressed" and what does that mean? Cite authors from class and others to create your deep understanding of the the progress of humanity into the 21st Century.
10. Today in the United States, is voting "worth it" for the average American? Does our electoral process really matter to the conduct of our government? Cite authors from class and others to create your deep understanding of the impact of voting in America in the 21st Century.
11. How has the concept of "city-state" evolved into the current international system of nearly 200 "states" (countries)? Could fundamental changes be made to the international system? Should they be? Can technology have a role in driving this change? Is the current nation/state system doomed to collapse and be replaced? By whom or what?
THE TAKE HOME FINAL EXAM
You will answer 1 - 4 of the following questions, typed, doubled spaced, APA style, with citations, etc.
1. How does Aristotle differ from Plato on the basic question of this course: "What is a state, a citizen, how does it or they get their authority? What is good governance, civic duty, and civil society"? Is any other this relevant to the 21st Century. Cite at least five examples from the authors' work to make your argument
2. Given the technological advances of the 21st Century, could anything like More's Utopia exist today? Would you want to live there, why or why not. Give at least five specific references to More's work, apply it to today and defend your position.
3. Given TV, radio and the internet, is Machaivelli's advice more useful to corporations? To Political candidates? The Masses? or whom? Give at least five examples of advice that today would be greatly enhanced by the current state of world communication or five examples of where Machaivelli's advice would be wrong because of global communication.
4. Of Hobbs, Locke and Rousseau, who had the greatest impact on the writers of the US Constitution? Cite at least five examples from the authors' work to support your argument.
5. Is communism and Marxism still relevant in the 21st Century. Cite at five examples from the authors' work to support your argument.
6. Considering all the authors we covered in class, which one do you think is still the most important to study and understand? Why? Cite at least five examples from the author's work to support your argument.
Your PARTICIPATION GRADE will be based on your active and positive participation in class, specifically your actions in the many groups activities in class, including, but not limited to, the week long Labor Simulation. Of course your attendance and punctuality are a prerequisite for participation.
Students need to be on time and attend all class meetings. Roll will be taken at the beginning of class. ALL WORK IS DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS! If you are not present when roll is taken you will be marked absent. Tardiness is simply rude and disrespectful.
Students with disabilities or who need any assistance or reasonable accommodation should contact the instructor. Such students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Services. You need to be your own advocate.
Students are encouraged to form and work in study groups. However, each student must do her or his own work. Students who copy, cheat, plagiarize or in other fashion violate the spirit or letter (or both) of the rules of the College or the District (or both) may be excluded from this class, at a minimum.
Important! Drop Date Information
The deadline to drop without a “W” is the last day of Week 2 (of the semester), which is Sunday, Feb. 17th for Spring 2013. If you must drop a course, drop before the specified deadline for dropping a class without a grade of "W." Dropping after Week 2 will result in a “W” on your transcript. Effective July 1, 2012 students will only have 3 attempts to pass a class. If a student gets a "W" or grade of "D", "F", “I”, or "NP" in a class, that will count as an attempt. A student's past record of course attempts district wide will also be considered. Therefore, before the end of Week 2 you should carefully consider if you can reasonably manage this course with the other factors in your life (e.g. work, family, course load). If you think you will not be able to complete this course with a C or better, drop by Sunday, Feb. 17th. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to talk to me. You may also see a counselor in the Counseling Center in AD 108.
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"One aspect of modern life which strikes me very much is the elimination of the individual. In trade, vast and formidable combinations of labour stand arrayed against even vaster and more formidable combinations of capital, and, whether they war with each other or cooperate, the individual, in the end, is always crushed under...
We live in an age of great events and little men, and if we are not to become the slaves of our own systems or sink oppressed among the mechanism we ourselves created, it will only be by the bold efforts of originality, by repeated experiments, and by the dispassionate consideration of the results of sustained and unflinching thought."
Nov., 12, 1901. Sir Winston Churchill.