Module 2 Assignments

What do I need to do to get the most out of this module?


The Way We Are, chapter one of Burke’s 
The Day the Universe Changed – 

click here to download the first chapter.

There is a Video that accompanies Burke’s chapter. It’s not required and watching it is not enough to prepare for the quiz, but it’s a very helpful clarification of the content of the chapter. 

You can watch it here.

This article is required.
 There is a video embedded in the articles, so be sure to watch it. It picks up where Burke leaves off. Once the world, as we know it in our own view, expands and includes a wide variety of cultures, disciplines and perspectives, what do we do? 


Module 2 Quiz
 due on Friday, January 20 at 11:59AM

 All assignments are due at 11:59 in the morning.


The Ionians thought differently. Do we? According to Burke, the Greeks introduced something new into the world because they needed new technologies to solve problems. Does our technology serve the same purpose and has our world view changed too? What about the relationship among different points of view that we have in society today? Be sure to use both of the assigned resources in your post. 
Due on Monday, January 23 at 11:59AM

 All assignments are due at 11:59 in the morning.

What you can expect to learn in this module?

1.What we think we see, and how we view the world, is shaped by  we already know.
2.The way questions were answered centuries ago, such as using mathematics,  influences how we see the universe today.
3.Technology is one of those things that we used to answer these past questions.
4.Given the potential for changing our world view, implementing technologies is a risky business and the consequences are important to consider.

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Instructions on writing discussion post

How to write a good initial discussion post:

1. The purpose of writing a discussion post is to reflect on what you have learned from the assigned material. How does it support what you already thought? How does it challenge conventional wisdom? Where it conflicts with your understanding of the world, does it convince you? Where it agrees, what further understandings does it imply?

2. Your initial discussion post must include at least 300 words of your own material. Repeating the question, titles, quotations, paraphrases and other additions are not counted as your own material. Any discussion that does not meet the 300 word minimum will receive a grade of 0.

3. Refer to at least two of the assigned resources. You need to give some thought to what’s presented in the assigned material. For example, you might write: The Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy explains Locke’s understanding of the relationship between simple and complex ideas this way: “Once the mind has a store of simple ideas, it can combine them into complex ideas of a variety of kinds” ( Don’t make the class guess at the reference. We have to be able to find it. So it needs to be relevant and specific. People get busy and time is sometimes short, so it may be tempting at times to excerpt something from readings you haven’t considered carefully and stick it in your post to meet this requirement. Try not to do this. See point 5 on why. There is no need to use an MLA style citation to the end of a post. We need to read the quotation, and we need to know what in the material helped you arrive at the conclusions you arrived at and where we can find it. That means you need to include an author and a page number if it’s a printed resource, or a title reference for audio and video resources. Points will be deducted if the location of the reference isn’t obvious. To earn full points for your discussion, you need to refer to more than one of the assigned resources in the module if more are available. The resources work together.

4. Any discussion that includes sufficiently poor grammar or spelling to suggest that the posting was not proof-read and spell checked will receive a grade of 0.

5. The best way to meet the requirement to reference the readings is to quote them directly. But please do not quote lengthy sections of the readings. I am looking for your ideas concerning the readings and classes. See point 3. for a good example. Quotations are not considered part of the 300 word minimum.

6. Remember that you are reflecting on the material presented in the module and taking an informed position on the topic. It doesn’t help to simply repeat facts from the module. What do they mean? Use your existing opinion wisely. The d