The final exam is a self-reflection essay that requires you to use your critical thinking skills. It is a platform where you express your personal experiences in regards to the material and topics covered in the course.

When writing the paper please consider the following-

  • Papers may take 1 or 2 topics and examine them deeply, or more topics examined in less details.
  • Below are some prompts to help you get started. Remember this is a reflection do not summarize the material.
  1. What have we studied that is interesting?
  2. What new things have you learned?
  3. How has your learning affected preconceptions or misconceptions you brought with you into class?
  4. How does your learning affect you view of the world and the universe?
  5. Will what you have learned change your behavior in the future?

Paper Requirements: The paper should be 3-5 pages long (double-spaced), using 12-point Times New Roman font. Your paper must include an introduction, body and conclusion.

Inclusion of Readings: Please make specific reference to readings and other course materials to support, clarify, and contextualize your ideas. I want to see that you have not only read and understood assigned readings, but also thought about them in relation to your own experiences and learning.

Grading Criteria: Because students learn different things in different ways, there are no “right or wrong” answers.

Papers will be evaluated on content depth and quality. A thoughtful, well-written paper will include:

  • Integrative, coherent and well-organized writing
  • Specific examples and detailed descriptions of learning experiences that were important for you
  • Reflections on your thought processes while you went through the seminar
  • Clear and precise connections between readings, concepts, and examples from class.