# Syllabus: Advanced Topics in Logic, Fall Term 2017

1. Course: PHIL 414 / PHIL 652.  Concordia University.  Credits: 3.
2. Time & Place: Wed.  6 PM–8:15 PM, Room S 201, Campus SGW
3. Instructor: Ulf Hlobil, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Concordia University.
Office phone:   (514) 848-2424 ext. 2536
E-mail:   please use email only for administrative issues and solicited items; other substantive philosophical discussion should happen in person because email doesn't suit it:
ulf.hlobil@concordia.ca
Office hours:   Monday 10:00–11:30, or by appointment, in S-M 309 (2145 Mackay).
4. Notice: In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the university's control (e.g.  a strike), the course contents, evaluation scheme and other parts of this syllabus may be subject to change.


## 4 Class Requirements, Policies, and Grading

### 4.1 General Rules & Advice

Assignments: $\phantom{\rule{10px}{0ex}}$ Start your writing assignments early. Writing a philosophy paper takes time. An excellent set of tips on how to write good philosophy texts is also provided by Prof. Jim Pryor on this webpage: http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html. You must keep a copy of all your work—your original submissions as well as graded copies I return to you. According to the calendar (16.3.9.2), “students are responsible for the preservation of any material, in its entire and original form, which has been returned to them.” It hence is a good idea to regularly back up your data.
Laptops, phones, tablets, etc.: $\phantom{\rule{10px}{0ex}}$ New research shows that students who use laptops or phones or iPods and the like in class perform markedly more poorly than others and unfairly diminish the performance of others (see here and here). As Maryellen Weimer, an author for Faculty Focus, puts it here: “students are way too convinced that multitasking is a great way to work. They think they can do two or three tasks simultaneously and not compromise the quality of what they produce. Research says that about 5% of us multitask effectively. Proof of the negative effects of multitasking in learning environments is now coming from a variety of studies.”
Religious or Cultural Holidays: $\phantom{\rule{10px}{0ex}}$ If you celebrate holidays that the university calendar does not accommodate and this creates any kind of conflicts with this course, please see me about this at least one month prior to the holiday; I will consider such matters on a case-by-case basis.

Policies on late work and policies on early work: $\phantom{\rule{10px}{0ex}}$ For paper assignments or other writing submissions: You lose two thirds of a letter grade per day that the paper is late. I am happy to look at drafts, and typically will provide feedback on them verbally during a meeting in my office.