Students who choose topic 1 are highly encouraged (but not required) to sign up for the module ‘plato’s apology’ which will several times during semester two.

ASSESSMENT 3: Major Essay: 1500 words = 50% of final course mark
Information about this task
For this assessment, students will choose one topic only from the options listed below, and write a 1500 word
essay following the instructions listed under each topic. The due date is October 10, 2022, 4:00pm. (Length: 1500 words maximum).
There are numerous books, articles and electronic resources listed on the S-CORE1001-22S2-SP2: Logos I site on the Blackboard Learnit portal. These resources are provided to help you with writing the Major Essay. students must not use non-academic sources. An academic source is a peer-reviewed piece of writing, written by an expert in the field, and made available by a recognised publishing house. This excludes blog posts, social media posts, online dictionaries, online (non-academic) encyclopaedias and general websites (even university and government websites).
Topic 1 – The importance of philosophy
Plato’s Apology gives us an account of Socrates’ defence of his own practice of philosophy at his trial where he was condemned to death in 399 B.C. A good online translation of the Apology can be found here: https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/j.ctt1c84fb0.5.pdf. Read this account, then write a paper consisting of two main parts. The first part (between 500 and 750 words) should be devoted to explaining what Socrates claimed philosophy was and why he greatly esteemed its value. The second part of the essay (between 750 to 1000 words) should be devoted to either defending or arguing against Socrates’ view of philosophy and its worth. In order to be considered acceptable, your essay must incorporate at least two (ideally three to four) other academic sources in addition to using Plato’s Apology.
Students who choose topic 1 are highly encouraged (but not required) to sign up for the module ‘Plato’s Apology’ which will several times during Semester Two. Details about this module can be found on the Logos timetable and in the Module Descriptions document available on all Logos course sites.

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