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Today’s Lecture: Course Introduction Session 1 Lecture Organization for Topic 1: Attendance Sheet Website Greetings! Website Registration Teaching Philosophy Course Subject Matter Syllabus Course Rules Absences Grading Criteria Clickers How to Use Clickers Textbook Attendance Sheet Attendance sheet Consistent Signature! (May not get credit otherwise) Only partial credit given if you leave early print sign If your name is not on the roll … Do this every day, in the same place Greetings! Question: How many of you have had me before? Greetings! Who Am I? -- Name: Sean Wilson -- I’m a lawyer and a college professor -- practiced law for 10 years (mostly criminal defense) -- went back to school to get my Ph.D. 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 7 Greetings! Specialty -- anything where law and history/philosophy intersect. -- “judicial politics,” philosophy of law -- American colonial history -- Ludwig Wittgenstein 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 8 Greetings! What I Like -- I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 9 Greetings! What I Like -- I’m a West Virginia fan 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 10 Greetings! What I Like -- Favorite philosopher: Wittgenstein • home to no intellectual group • “bird’s eye view” (see culture from atop rather than from within) • how well we think is more important than what we think 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 11 Greetings! What I Like -- I have a wonderful daughter -- Starting college next year 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 12 Greetings! What I Like -- I have a wonderful daughter 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 13 Greetings! What I Like -- I like movies -- I like dogs 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 14 Syllabus Distributed Online Link emailed Question: Has anyone NOT seen it? Course Subject Matter Subject Matter Basic Inquiry How should a supreme court judge, judge? How has this question been answered through the ages? When a judge judges, how is this different than when you judge something (if at all)? What is “judgment” and how has history or science affected it? Subject Matter Basic Inquiry Are the decisions of Supreme Courts necessarily political, ideological – and if, so what is meant by that? What would the decisions look like if they were not? When did legal judging begin and how has it developed What is “law,” anyway? Subject Matter Two Courses? Originally, I had two courses here: • Foundations of American Legal Thought • “Empirical” Judicial Behaviorism There’s no empirical studies in this course. I’m going to teach that elsewhere in the future. Subject Matter Developmental Focus What hegemonic legal culture says about its orthodoxy • What is “good judging” to the Romans? • What is “good judging” to the English? • What is “a correct legal opinion” during the enlightenment and during Colonial America? • What is “a correct legal opinion” in the modern American legal regime? Teaching Philosophy of Law Through History Using History to Develop Philosophy Subject Matter “Ideology Theory” A. Are justice decisions dominated by ideology? -- are yours, right now? B. What is ideology? -- is it merely a way of talking? C. Under what conditions can we say it exists in judging? D. Could we ever make a science out of this subject? (what would it look like?) Subject Matter Outsider’s Perspective Three basic sources of “authority” that we will consider Social Science Legal Philosophers Culture Mention Wittgenstein’s quote Teaching Approach excessively philosophical -- this class is so abstract in its approach to legality that some will not like it This is not an ordinary political science course or a law course (stress point immensely) Teaching Approach Some original material -- some of the material you will be exposed to is completely original -- some of my book material I may assign to you My Teaching Philosophy Philosophy of College Life Effort -- I don’t respect students who will not put forth effort (just try to get by) (you make my job more difficult) -- Mike Ditka philosophy -- Some students have to work harder than others (that’s ok) 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 26 Philosophy of College Life Model Professor … probably, professor Snape 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 27 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 28 Absences Each Week = 10 points Excuses (a) University-sponsored event (b) Your own health emergency -- documentation required -- must be pre-approved (unless impossible, physically) [See syllabus for more info] 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 31 Textbook Buying Philosophy of text -- check on Amazon or -- are supplemental elsewhere only. (very cheap) -- never teach from a book. Reading -- Extra material for you -- roughly 20% of your exam to read on your own. will be from the textbook. Book = bonus Borderline Students knowledge. -- if you are within 3% points of a grade, reading can make or break you. Clickers Right Model -- RF response card -- Turning Technologies -- anywhere from $38 to $45. Key to buying -- selling it back. (explain why) Where to buy -- bookstore. -- bookstore across the street. -- ebay? Will start using them next time Key to buying -- selling it back. Question: (explain why) How many of you have them (raise your hand)? Where to buy -- bookstore. Question: How many -- bookstore across the street. don’t (raise your hand)? -- ebay? Will start using them next time Website How to find it. • See link in email (will send again) • Or, go to seanwilson.org & press yellow button “Judging” document embedded copy & full screen menu options paste Tips: (1) Can view the document (2) Can print it (3) Can copy segments of text (4) Can download it download button numerical order Don’t Confuse Topic Numbers With Session Numbers … after clicking the title Table of Contents Click to Play Segment Take a moment to load Pause, Play Full Screen Exact Spot Thumbnails Advance to specific slide Start Over will cause the Table of Contents to re-appear Just the Slides Navigate Download Full Screen Full Screen Questions? Website Registration The one you use and check the most Ignore this! Serial Number on the back of the clicker • You can’t do the registration until you have the clicker number • Will use this to post exams • Up to 5 characters • Numbers and letters • You make it up • Can’t be from social security or UID. • Don’t share it w/anyone • Ignore this • Your first assignment in class is to register in the manner I have shown • Do it immediately upon getting your clicker Grading Criteria The Plan Exams -- two given (midterm and final) -- complicated multiple choice (the bar exam is multiple choice) Writing Component -- Each exam will have a take-home portion. -- You will have to write a 6-8 page essay at midterm AND at final. -- Essays are 50% of the exam grade Philosophy of exams -- Difficult exams are good for you (Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings) -- Come ready for the battle. (In life, you should welcome your “Helm’s Deep” moment) Attendance • leaving early -- won’t get full credit. (sit close to the isle if leaving early) • Don’t ever sign someone else’s name. Could get you in trouble (academic discipline) notes -- your course notes are graded • hand them in after midterm, and after final. • only ORIGINAL notes (hand-written) (laptop users who want to type in class should email me) What they should look like -- clearly distinguish each lecture -- the more thorough the better • “outlines” are not “notes” -- if you miss a lecture, go to the website, listen and take notes When are they due? -- when you take the exam, no excuses “I left them in the car” “my computer crashed” Why This is Good -- buffers your grade (with attendance) -- you should be doing more than “watching” Questions about Notes or Attendance? Quality Points -- three items that contribute to the course environment: • class participation (with clickers) • course Wiki • donating typed notes -- graded on how well you do any of these items at the end of the year -- can do a little of each or a lot of one. If you are average on 1, supplement with another. Course Wiki -- not exactly up yet. -- when it is, I will let you know -- Great opportunity for us to make a perfect set of notes for others to have. Note -- poor effort (“busy work”) won’t get you anything good for any of the three items. Class participation -- Follow these simple rules: 1. No credit if no clicker used 2. No credit for “bad faith” • commenting just to get points (explain what this looks like) • devil’s advocate (always be sincere) Final Course Grades No Favors -- Grades are only an indication of how often you scored in the game -- No favors are given 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 100 Final Course Grades No Rounding -- If you end up with a 59.99%, the grade is F (89.99% is B) [note: see policy for borderline students] 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 101 Final Course Grades Flunking -- I will flunk you if you don’t earn above a 59.99% (some professors “spare” people for reasons of grace and “life excuses.” I do not do this. Poor marks are given where earned) 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 102 Borderline Students Year-End Bonus -- there are 1-to-3 year-end course percentage points available at the end of the year -- if you get 3, it would make an 87% an A. -- I use this for people who end up on the border (there is no rounding of grades) Borderline Students items -- bonus is awarded for: (a) Quality Point Score one letter higher than your course avg (b) exam grades one letter higher than your course average (c) reading questions one letter higher than your course average most important (d) attendance one letter higher than your course avg Merit Adjustment notes/attendance can only help -- Notes/Attendance (as a composite) can only ever help your grade, not hurt it -- If you have a grade of B in the course but notes/attendance brings it down to a C, grades will be calculated without regard to notes/attendance. (You get the B). Questions? Email Policies Receiving it -- you must have a working university email -- it is no excuse if it is “bouncing” 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 106 Email Policies My Tone -- Tone of my replies: “quick” or “curt” (Don’t take anything from that) Use Course Number -- Indicate what class you are from (preferably in the subject line) 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 107 Little Things pre-class muggings -- I can’t talk to you before class (setting up the technology) -- see me after class for any question or concern you might have (or: email me, come to office) 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 108 Little Things oblivious students -- “professor, l missed yesterday, what did we do?” (translation: give me a special summary) (translation: give me a corner-cutting answer) [examples] -- everything is online. The class plays 24/7 (in theory) • No excuses for not reviewing lectures if you miss • if you ask me “what did we do,” I’m going to say – see the website. 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 109 Little Things no teacher’s pets -- some students want to have personal relationships with professors -- they want to be on a one-to-one with them -- I don’t like this character trait. -- My pedagogy doesn’t include trying to make you feel that you are more special than other students (who don’t need this) -- I don’t form friendships easily, and you shouldn’t be looking for one out of this class. 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 110 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 111 Little Things problem students -- don’t interfere with class environment (e.g., talking with your neighbor during class) (mention disciplinary procedures) 1/6/2011 Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 112 Little Things Pet Peeves -- If you see me out in a bar, give me my space Questions about anything?