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"In several recent undergraduate courses, I’ve offered students the option to design a creative “public philosophy project” in lieu of writing a traditional term paper. Typically, around 10-15% of students choose this option, and I’m consistently impressed with the quality and creativity of their work.

I let students know about this option at the very beginning of the semester, and I direct them to a blurb on my syllabus with some examples of what their projects might look like, including:

  • Create a YouTube video or podcast.
  • Propose a substantive edit to a Wikipedia article or propose an entirely new Wikipedia article.
  • Write a philosophical op-ed or blog post.
  • Conduct a philosophically substantive interview with someone whose work is related to course content (philosopher, academic, artist, journalist, etc.).
  • Utilize another online medium or social media platform (Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), perhaps by designing some way to engage non-course participants in philosophical activity...."


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01/15/2022, 09:55

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01/15/2022, 04:56