Rowan University
Ellen Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy & Religion
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Office: B
unce Hall
Office Phone:  856-256-4835

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Group Projects (25%) Each person will receive an individual grade for these presentations

 I. Components

  1. Day of Presentation—Hand in a short synopsis detailing your views, contributions to the presentation, your position on the topics being discussed (approx. 500 words)
  2. Actual Participation in your group’s presentation

 II. Grading Criteria:

These should be well-researched, informed, and creative! I am not going to pre-determine how your group should make its presentation as I’ve learned that these work better when students have more choices and opportunities to determine what will work best for them. I am available for suggestions, guidance, advice.  One main thing I will be looking for is that your group presents a variety of perspectives on your topic even if the group members do not hold that perspective. This will make the presentations more interesting and informative for the class. Be sure to include philosophical concepts and articles where relevant to your topic. Even though this is not a course on public speaking, the better presentations will be those where the participants (all of them) are engaged with the topic, excited and can speak openly about your topic.  

You can make up for what you don’t get to say in your synopsis you’re writing up ahead of time (these should have a bibliography and be typed, double-spaced). That’s one reason I include that individual component as part of these presentations.  

See my webpage for a checklist to use for the writing portion of this assignment (Checklist for Writing Assignments) 

III. Some possible things to incorporate into your presentation:

  • Debate among group members
  • Video clipping of your group, use video to introduce topics
  • Panel discussion on a topic
  • Poster boards illustrating key points
  • Skits on a topic
  • Role-playing

I will not be running these presentations. It is up to your group to take over the class for these. This time is yours to shine!

 Please check links on our Logic homepage and my other courses for links to web resources.

 I look forward to seeing what each group comes up with!


 Notes for Group Presentations In-Class Meeting 

1)     Try to get as much done today as possible! Be sure to do the following:

 2)     Exchange email/phone numbers for your group

 3)     Distribute tasks—Divide up work within the group—You can then exchange notes/research via email or in class

 4)     Discuss format of your presentation—how would you like to run your group presentation (see ideas above and feel free to come up with your own!) 

5)     Possible viewpoints that could be taken on your chosen topic

6)     Try to make your presentation as specific as possible to appeal to your group members, or if you are going to be more general be sure you make your tasks manageable

 7)     Remember you don’t have to say everything that could possibly be said on a topic, narrow it down where you can

 8)     Where do the ethical theories we’ve discussed fit into your topic? 

9)     Do you find fallacies in some arguments concerning your topic that you read in the media, hear on the news?

 10) Where will you look for other resources (check out our class website, internet, ask the reference librarian at Campbell for assistance)?