Heres your time to shine, learn more
about important contemporary ethical issues, and have some fun with Philosophy!
On the day of the presentations, panel members will hand in
their 1-2 page position paper (abstract of the position you will present during the
debate). You are excused from writing a weekly reflection on the date your presentation
The best presentations will be those that present a variety
of viewpoints, explain relevant background information clearly and completely, and
present a well-prepared and professional presentation. Strive to have all members
participate equally (or close to equally). The format should be decided by your group
ahead of time so that you can come into the classroom and take over for your portion of
the debate. I will not be in charge unless you talk to me about this ahead of time. If you
want one of your group members to moderate, make sure you work this out ahead of time (do
you sense a boy scout theme hereBE PREPARED!)
This is your chance to shine, be creative, and design the best
presentation for your group. I will have suggestions in class though that you can use as
guidelines. Hint: I know schedules are tight for students--Ive seen these work well
with people exchanging ideas, papers over email and over the phone. You might want to make
sure you have one practice session to avoid nervousness since I know public speaking is
difficult! Im very excited about this part of the class! Lets keep up the
great work thats been done so far during these debates! While Im away being
grilled by my colleagues at the American Philosophical Association, I expect that your
groups will meet to plan your strategies for excellence!
The best presentations and individual papers will be those
that also reflect and analyze the readings and theories discussed in class. I picked these
topics based upon class feedback on choices for the presentations along with which topics
are related to those we will cover in class and those that have plenty of information
readily available in the library and through the internet (always be careful about
internet sources though!). I am available to discuss secondary sources, provide
information, and help you in any way possible.
We will have 4-6 people per topic. Each group has 20
minutes for their presentation (we will leave time afterwards for class discussion). If
audience participation is part of your presentation, thats finegreat! Just be
sure you incorporate these activities in a way that still allows your group to achieve the
objectives discussed above.
The dates for the presentations will be discussed in class.
Mark these in your calendarsThis is like a major event for workdont miss