1) Essays: Each essay (4 in total) should be no shorter than 3 pages and no longer than 5 pages; it should be doublespaced, printed, preferably doublesided, and stapled; and the font size should be no bigger than 12. Please submit a hardcopy in class (other than the last essay) and an electronic copy (Word version) to my mailbox on the same day as the paper is due. A late essay will only be accepted if the student asks for an extension and it is given by me before the deadline. You have the complete freedom to choose your own topic as long as it is covered in class and within the designated range of text (to be given before each assignment). In each essay, you will be expected to explain one specific point (e.g., why does Confucius claim “the wise enjoy water; the humane enjoy mountains” (6.21 of Analects)) that the philosopher(s) in question makes, try to point out possible difficulties and misunderstandings associated with this point, and try to make clarifications and defend this point as best as you can. The use of examples, primary text(s), and texts from relevant literature to challenge or support the point in question is encouraged. Grades will depend upon how clearly you explain and how carefully and deeply you examine this point. In other words, grades will depend on how much effort you have put into reading and thinking.
2) Presentations: Students will be divided into 2person groups. At the beginning of each class, one group is asked to recapitulate the discussion of the previous class, and every student in this group is required to come up with one question about or one comment on anything that is discussed in the previous meeting. Each student t also needs to be prepared to answer questions from the students and/or me. The whole presentation should not exceed 1015 minutes.
3) Your participation in class discussions will affect your grades, although not in an explicitly quantitative way.
4) Any evidence of plagiarism will be handled according to university policy.
5) The final grade: A number grade will be given to each essay or presentation. Each essay is worth 23% of the final number grade, and the presentation is worth 8% of it. Then, the weighted average grade will be converted to a letter grade. A significant number of absences may affect your final grade. Here is the conversion table between number grades and letter grades:
Letter Grade

A

A_{}

B^{+}

B

B_{}

C^{+}

C

C_{}

D

F

Number Grade

90
100

85
89

82
84

78
81

75
77

71
74

66
70

62
65

60
61

59 and below

