For this assignment, you are to ponder some reflection questions before listening to the lecture component. These questions aim to stimulate your thinking and focus your concentration on the topics to be explored in the lecture, as a means of provoking you into thinking philosophically while you attentively listen to the lecture. There will be multiple topics, but do not respond to them all. Rather, pick one topic to respond to that catches your attention or that you otherwise find intriguing. After you have selected your topic, spend 10 minutes pondering the topic’s questions and recording your thoughts. The reason for there being multiple questions within a topic is to assist with developing a response that has depth. For this assignment, do not be concerned about the number of thoughts you have on the topic. Rather, you should be concerned with the quality of your thoughts. In assessing your response, the teaching team will look to see how clearly and precisely you articulate your beliefs and how deeply you explain the reasoning for and assumptions underlying your beliefs. Here are the topics for you to consider:
Topic #2: What do you think are the causes of the pain and suffering we experience in life? Does awareness of these causes allow you to better cope and manage pain and suffering? Does awareness of these causes allow you to eliminate pain and suffering in your life? If so, how? As you articulate your position, clearly explain your reasoning for your position, and if appropriate provide a concrete real-life example that illustrates your position.
Pre-Lecture Reflection Rubric
Pre-Lecture Reflection Rubric
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Demonstrates Critical Thinking
10.0 ptsExcellent A clear statement of the main position can be found. Each reason for believing the position is made clear, and as much as possible, presented in single statements. The reasons clearly support the position, and the author demonstrates awareness of exactly the kind of support they provide. The reflection considers at least one counter-example, counter-argument, and/or opposing position, and provides original and/or thoughtful response.
8.5 ptsGood The main position is obvious, but there is no single clear statement of it. The reasons are all clear, although each may not be presented in a single statement. The premises support the thesis, and the author demonstrates awareness of the general kind of support they provide. The reflection considers a counter-example, counter-argument, and/or opposing positions, and provides a response.
7.5 ptsNeeds Improvement The position is present, but must be uncovered or reconstructed from the response. The reasons are not clear and must be reconstructed from the response. The reasons somewhat support the position, but the author does not demonstrate awareness of the kind of support they provide.
6.5 ptsUnacceptable No clear position can be found, the explanation and examples provided do not support the position, and/or no counter-examples, counter-arguments, or opposing positions are considered.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeClarity and Precision
10.0 ptsExcellent All new or unusual terms are well-defined. Key concepts and theories are accurately and completely explained. Good, clear examples are used to illuminate concepts and issues. Information (names, facts, etc.) is accurate. All steps in the reasoning process are clearly articulated so that the reader can easily follow the thought process being presented in the reflection. The reflection is precise, in that it is specific and detailed, avoiding general and vague statements.
8.5 ptsGood Most new or unusual terms are well-defined. Key concepts and theories are explained. Examples are clear. Information (names, facts, etc.) is accurate. Most steps in the reasoning process are clearly articulated and gaps in reasoning can be easily bridged. Most of the reasoning is precise.
7.5 ptsNeeds Improvement New or unusual terms are not well-defined. Key concepts and theories are not explained. Examples are not clear. Information (names, facts, etc.) is mostly accurate. It is difficult to follow the steps in the reasoning process and gaps in reasoning cannot be bridged. General and vague statements are used.
6.5 ptsUnacceptable The author does not acknowledge that key words have precise meanings. Information (names, facts, etc.) is inaccurate. The reflection has rhetorical questions and/or uses of slang.
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