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PHILOS 1B03 Philos,Law&Society

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2015

Term: 1

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Grellette

Email: grellemj@mcmaster.ca

Office: University Hall 308

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23475

Office Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm



Course Objectives:

Lecture:          Monday & Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location:         BSB/106

TA:                  Max Leonov

TA Email:        leonovm@mcmaster.ca

Course Description:

An introduction to philosophy through an examination of a variety of issues in moral, political and legal theory. Topics to be discussed include: concerns of aboriginal peoples, Quebec nationalism, multiculturalism, abortion, public health care, theories of war, terrorism, capital punishment, climate change, etc.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Online:

This course uses Avenue to Learn to post the course outline and course readings, as well as to collect collect assignments.

Text:

  1. Ethics in Canada,  Karen Wendling (available at the book store)
  2. Readings posted on Avenue to Learn (see course schedule for details)


Method of Assessment:

Evaluation:

Mid Term…..……….……..………… . . . .25%

Essay….……………………. . . . . . . . . . . .35%

Exam………..…… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . 40%

 

Mid-Term:

Students will write an in-class mid-term test on May 25th, at 6:00pm, in BSB 106.  This test will cover all of the material covered up to this point in the term.

Essay:

Students will be assigned a set of essay questions, of which they must answer only one.  These questions will be posted online after the exam on May 25th.  The essay is due on Sunday, June 14th, by midnight.  The length of the paper is 1500 words.  More detail will be provided in class.

Final Exam:

The final exam deals with all of the material covered after the mid-term.  The date will be determined by the Registrar.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. 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 sas@mcmaster.ca. 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:

Course Schedule:

Class 1                                     Course Introduction and Survey of Ethical Theories

Class 2                                     Aboriginal Concerns

                                                ‘A Just Relationship…’ Tully 44-56

                                                ‘Aboriginal Political Participation’ Borrows  56-66

Class 3                                     Quebec Separatism

                                                ‘Why I am a Separatist’ Chaput 88-98

                                                ‘Shared and Divergent Values’ Taylor, 104-115

Class 4                                     Multiculturalism

                                                ‘Limits of Tolerance’ Berger 136-45

                                                ‘Islam, Immigration, and Group Recognition’  Carens 147-58

Class 5                                     Legal Moralism

                                                Reading available on avenue

Class 6                                     Mid-Term Test -  IN CLASS

Class 7                                     Abortion

                                                ‘Why Abortion is Immoral’ Marquis 207-214

                                                ‘Abortion’ Sherwin’ 222-230

Class 8                                     Animal Rights

                                                ‘Do Animals Have a Right to Life?’ Regan, 237-42

                                                ‘The Least Harm Principle’ Davis, 242

Class 9                                     War

                                                ‘Proportionality and Necessity’ Hurka, 404-412

                                                Dallaire on Rwanda, 422-34

Class 10                                   Terrorism

                                                Read all of Chapter 11 in text.

Class 11                                   Torture

                                                Reading available on avenue

Class 12                                   Capital Punishment

                                                Reading available on avenue

Class 13                                   Global Warming

                                                ‘Ethical Principles’ Hurka, 491-501

                                                ‘Perspectives on Climate Change’ Lombourg, 501-511

                                                ‘The Great Transformation’ Homer-Dixon, 511-21


Other Course Information:

Miscellaneous

Late Work:

Late assignments will be penalized 5 marks out of 100 per day late.  Missed assignments will be dealt with via the MSAF procedures (described below).

 

Overly Long Work

Assignments will be deducted 2.5% of the assignment grade for every 100 words they go over the assignment word limit.

 

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF):

This is an on-line, self-reporting tool for students to report absences due to minor medical situations that last up to 5 days and to request accommodation for any missed academic work that is worth less than 30% of the final grade. Please note that this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. It is the prerogative of the instructor to determine the appropriate relief for missed term work. You may submit a maximum of one request per term. The form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence. It is your responsibility to follow up with your instructor immediately (within two working days) about the nature of the accommodation.

Policy on Academic Integrity:

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: http://www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
 

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism—e.g., the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

 

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.

 

Course Modification

The instructor and 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 students to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes. Announcements will be made in class and by using the course email distribution list.


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 email sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.