The other week on Facebook, I shared a writing assignment I’ve given to the students in my seminar on Hume’s ethics, and a number of people expressed interest in seeing the other assignments I’ve used/will be using. So, I put together a webpage where I could share those assignments more broadly. I figured I would also make a post about them here, in case people who aren’t my facebook friends have some interest.
I had just called them “writing assignments” but the students have taken to calling them “Humework”. I am writing the actual assignments as the semester goes, so there will be a new one posted on the site each week.
In planning the assignments, I worked backwards from the sort of term papers I would like to be reading, and tried to break things down into different discrete skills that students would need to employ to write such papers.
People should feel free to use or adapt these assignments for their own courses, and I welcome any feedback people have on these, as I plan to incorporate something like this as a regular feature of my seminars.