PHILOS 3Q03 Philos Of Law
Academic Year: Fall 2015
Instructor: Dr. Wil Waluchow
Office: University Hall 302
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23465
Office Hours: Thursdays, 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM â€“ or by appointment
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
In the first half of the course we will examine critically several general theories about the nature of law. The second half of the course investigates major issues with which courts have had to deal. This year our focus will be on the constitutional right to freedom of religion.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Readings in the Philosophy of Law, ed. K. Culver (Broadview Press)
Various articles to be made available via Avenue to Learn
Method of Assessment:
Take Home Test (limit 1000 words) (Distributed Oct 7, Due Oct 21)................20%
Essay (limit 2500 words) due Nov 26 …............................................................40%
Final Exam (as scheduled by the Registrar).........................................................40%
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Email correspondence policy
It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.
Modification of course outlines
The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.
Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.
Topics and Readings:
Other Course Information:
1. 5 marks (out of 100) will be deducted from Essay and Take-Home grades for every 100 words in excess of the prescribed limit.
2. 5 marks per day (out of 100) will also be deducted for late Essays and Take-Home Exams. Exceptions will be made only if you have a legitimate excuse. A legitimate excuse is whatever your Dean of Studies will accept. Take your documentation to your Dean of Studies. In due time they will send me a memo. Full details on McMaster’s policies regarding requests for relief for missed academic work can be found at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/calendar/2012-13/pg2246.html.
3. Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at <http://www.mcmaster.ca/policy/Students-AcademicStudies/>
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
i). Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been
ii). Improper collaboration in group work.
iii). Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
4. In this course we will be using a web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to Turnitin.com via Avenue to Learn. Students who do not wish to submit their work to Turnitin.com must notify the instructor for permission to submit a hard copy instead. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to Turnitin.com. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Turnitin.com Policy, please go to www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity.
5. In this course we will be using Avenue to Learn. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
6. E-mail policy: It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from the student's own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account
7. Course Changes: The instructor and the University reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.
8. Essays and Take-Homes must not be submitted to the Philosophy Department Office. They must be submitted directly via Avenue to Learn. Be sure to keep your own electronic copies of all work submitted.
9. The final exam will cover all the material dealt with in class.
10. The scale used by the Registrar's Office will be used to convert number grades to final letter grades.
11. Course evaluations: Students will be asked to complete course evaluations at the end of the term.
12. If you require assistance in developing your writing skills, or in developing strategies for taking tests and examinations, the Centre for Student Development may be of some help to you.