A syllabus, he said in an interview, is the one document related to teaching that everyone can recognize, and it offers the clearest evidence of a professor’s efforts to plan and prepare for a course. But its real significance reveals something even deeper. “It’s the thinking that goes with it that’s important,” he said.
Syllabus includes articles on the purpose of the syllabus and samples of syllabi submitted by faculty. The first issue contains syllabi for courses in art criticism, history, philosophy, physical education, and religion from colleges in the Canada, New Zealand, and United States.
The examples demonstrate very different approaches to this one aspect of teaching. While some syllabi provide a straightforward outline of what material will be covered throughout the term, others include a précis of each week’s reading, along with essay or discussion questions to which the students must respond.
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