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SyllabusHelp In this course we will explore how the Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) deals with the problems associated with relativism, the lack of meaning and the undermining of religious faith that are typical of modern life. His penetrating analyses are still highly relevant today. During the eight weeks of the course we will go through the following eight topics: Week Topic Start End Workload 1 Course Introduction: The Life and World of Kierkegaard as a “Socratic
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  Syllabus Help   In this course we will explore how the Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) deals with the problems associated with relativism, the lack of meaning and the undermining of religious faith that are typical of modern life. His penetrating analyses are still highly relevant today. During the eight weeks of the course we will go through the following eight topics: Week    Topic   Start   End   Workload  1 Course Introduction: The Life and World of Kierkegaard as a “Socratic Task”  7 Oct 13 Oct 2-3 hrs. 2 Kierkegaard, Martensen and Hegelianism at the University of Copenhagen 14 Oct 20 Oct 3-4 hrs. 3 Kierkegaard’s View of Socrates  21 Oct 27 Oct 3-4 hrs. 4 Kierkegaard, Heiberg and History 28 Oct 3 Nov 3-4 hrs. 5 Kierkegaard, P.M. Møller and Friedrich von Schlegel 4 Nov 10 Nov 3-4 hrs. 6 The Conception of Kierkegaard’s Socratic Task: 1843  The Trip to Berlin and the Beginning of the Authorship 11 Nov 17 Nov 3-4 hrs. 7 Kierkegaard’s Socratic Task: 1844 -45 The Development of the Pseudonymous Works 16 Nov 24 Nov 3-4 hrs. 8 Kierkegaard’s Socratic Task: 1846 -55 25 Nov 2 Dec 4-5 hrs. Each week (Monday to Sunday) covers one topic.  All information and resources you need for each week is available in the  Course Assignments  page and the the course menu on the left side of this page. Each Sunday afternoon (EST: New York) the  Course Assignments  for the following week will be made available via email and in the course. In the announcement, you will find the objectives and assignments for the week's lesson. Course format    For each week you will find four different kinds of learning resources: 1: Video Lectures  The on-location video lectures by Jon Stewart of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen are the foundational for the course. The in-video quizzes embedded in the lecture are just there to test your own understanding and will not count towards the final grade of the course. Video lectures can be accessed as they become available in the course in the  Video Lectures  section of the course menu. 2: Readings  These can be mandatory (texts you might be tested on) or voluntary (supplemental readings if you want to go deeper into the topic). All mandatory and supplemental readings are available online in the  Readings  section of the course menu and you are not required or expected to buy a textbook to follow this course. 3: Assignments  The assignments will be Q uizzes  and a peer-assessed essay. These will test your understanding of the content acquired during the video lectures, mandatory reading, and discussion forums. Quizzes can be accessed as they become available in the course in the  Quizzes  section of the course menu. 4: Discussion Forums  Each week we will open up a new discussion forum and pose a question related to the weeks topic. Taking part in forum discussions can be a very rewarding learning experience, and we strongly recommend that you visit the forums and take part in these discussions. Participating will help students prepare for the final peer assessed essay. In this truly global classroom we have a unique chance to discuss Kierkegaard in relation to relevant global issues. A team of Kierkegaard scholars from around the world will help to facilitate the discussion forums in native languages to help engage the learner. Discussion forums can be accessed throughout the course in the Discussion Forums section of the course menu. This is also where students can asked relevant questions about the lectures, readings, and technical issues. 5: Study Groups  In the discussion forums are study group threads organized by geographic region. Kierkegaard scholars and Coursera students will use these threads to organize possible Meetup locations to discuss the content material in f2f discussion groups using Meetup.com. 6: Final Peer Assessed Essay   This will be the final assignment for the class in which students will detail their understanding and apply Kierkegaard to their own life in an essay. Other members of the class will then assess these  essays for points to consider. The peer assessed essay assignment process will begin and end during the last week of the course. 7. Grading      Seven of the eight end-of-week quizzes and the peer-assessed essays will count towards your final grade.    Each quiz accounts for 10% and the essay accounting for 30%.    To earn a normal Statement of Accomplishment you will need a total score of 70%.    If you reach > 90% you will receive a Statement of Accomplishment with distinction.
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