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Quest for Meaning

Quest for Meaning

General Student Responsibilities

         (further clarified within each section by faculty member)

  1. Completion of the assigned readings prior to class and preparation for serious engagement in collective conversation on the readings and related course work.
  1. Active participation in discussions and shared leadership in planning and leading class discussions.
  1. Attendance at all plenary sessions and individual discussion sessions.
  1. Submission on the due date of writing assignments free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors, and reflective of thoughtfulness, understanding of the concepts and controversies of the authors, and some creative effort, i.e., Senior Level Work.

Specific writing assignments, beyond writing related to the Service Learning project (i.e. proposal, service log, and the reflection paper assignment) and the “This I Believe” essay, will be assigned by individual section professors.  Although the approximate number of written pages required will be similar for all students across the QFM course, individual QFM faculty will design their own writing assignment for each section.  Thus the actual type of writing assignments will differ among sections. 

  1. Participation in a Team Service Learning project for a minimum of 40 hours, submission of project proposal and all required paperwork including a final log and reflective analysis paper.

(Note: a maximum of 7 hours, out of the 40 hours required, may go toward transportation, training, or preparation for the Festival of Hope.)

  1. Creation and set-up of Festival of Hope booth to display Service Learning Project accomplishments and staffing of booth during actual festival.
  1. Check Eckerd College email box on regular basis to receive all notice and announcements related to changes, additions, or corrections in the course. All general QFM information sent electronically will be communicated only over the class alias, queststudents@eckerd.edu. You are responsible to access this information and stay current with any changes.

Evacuation Contingency

If for any reason Eckerd College is evacuated, students who leave campus for stays of overnight or longer should bring your QFM syllabus, notes, and texts so that you are able to continue your course work. In such an event, check your Eckerd email from your off-campus location and check the QFM website on the Cyber Lyceum from the Eckerd College Intranet site. College expectations are that you will continue to work on this course independently throughout an evacuation.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation is based on three components: class participation and preparation (1/3), the Service Learning/Festival of Hope project (1/3), writing assignments, and This I Believe project (1/3).  Failure in any one third of the course will mean failure in the course as a whole.

Honor Pledge

All students are expected to uphold the Eckerd College honor code: “On my honor, as an Eckerd College student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal, nor to tolerate these behaviors in others.”

You are required to write the word “pledged” and sign your name on every assignment to indicate that your work is consistent with the honor code.

A Word on Academic Honesty

Our community of scholars pursues academic excellence. In our conversations through the media of discussion, oral presentation, essays, artistic works, research reports, and examination, we must hear every person’s distinctive voice. The faculty hopes that every student realizes that his or her voice counts in our exchange of ideas, and that academic conventions are meant to clarify just who is responsible for each position, interpretation, or original contribution to knowledge. The faculty insists upon careful citation and attribution so that your thinking stands out clearly delineated among your fellow scholars.

Further discussions of academic honesty can be found in the EC Student Handbook (p. 21).

Referencing and Documenting for Writing Assignments

As with all academic writing, full referencing, and documentation of source materials – using either MLA or APA style – is expected. For other questions concerning matters of style, usage, referencing, and documentation, see Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference (available in the library). This information is also available on the internet: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/

Fall Plenary Sessions

Dawn Porter, Director of "Gideon's Army"

10/22/15 Prof. Anne Cox, "Sciences and Our Quest for Meaning"

11/03/15 Prof. David Hastings, "The Natural Environment and Our Quest for Meaning"

11/12/15 Prof. Arthur Skinner, "Art and Our Quest for Meaning"