PHIL 243
The Philosophy of Higher Education: College Controversies Spring 2025
Division II Writing Skills

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What are the purposes of higher education? What are the purposes of liberal arts colleges in America? What should be the goals of Williams College? We will begin examining these questions by studying the history of some controversies in American higher education, and then turn to contemporary controversies such as campus free speech, cancel culture, divestment, decolonization, and admissions criteria.
The Class: Format: tutorial; This course is a tutorial. Students will meet in pairs with the instructor one hour per week.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3524
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: A 5- to 7-page paper every other week (6 in all), prepare and present a written critique of their partners' papers in alternate weeks
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: I will be seeking a balance of interests and backgrounds; preference given to students who have taken at least one philosophy course
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: A 5- to 7-page paper every other week (6 in all), prepare and present a written critique of their partners' papers in alternate weeks, and will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses

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