Carl Seaquist


Sample Course Materials


Below are links to syllabi for six courses that I have taught, along with other artifacts from the more recent courses. Since these were developed over a period of more than a decade, they illustrate significant shifts in my approach to course development and my teaching style.


  Date University Syllabus
Other Documents
  2012 Middle Tennessee State University Introduction to Philosophy Final Exam old syllabus
  2007 University of Vermont Comparative Religion Review Sheet Rubric
  2007 University of Vermont Religion and Science Midterm Final Exam
  2006 University of Pennsylvania Writing Seminar in Economics
  2002 University of Pennsylvania Cognitive Study of Religion
  1999 University of Pennsylvania Greek and Roman Religions

Online Lecture Series

I have spent a lot of time over the past several years developing short (c. 15 minute) lectures intended for delivery over the internet. The teaching strategy behind this effort is discussed in a lecture posted here. So far I have worked on three distinct lecture series, which are linked below with a brief discussion of the context in which each was created, as well as comments on their current state of completion. Producing these lectures is very labor-intensive, and all series are currently works in progress.


In the first week of January, 2010, I helped lead a study tour of Greece for Bethel University. To help students get some historical and cultural background for the tour, I began preparing short, online lectures that they could view at their leisure. I prepared 15 lectures before we left for Greece, and plan to add more at some point.

Greek Civilization course

I subsequently have used the same approach to develop lectures for a philosophy course I began teaching at Middle Tennessee State University in Fall 2011. This is the only lecture series that is in active development (as time permits).
Philosophy course

When I worked at Bethel University, I was developing an online course in critical thinking. The first link to the right provides access to all the lectures currently completed (about 80% of the entire course), and the second links to just those lectures that illustrate strategies for teaching higher-order reading skills (plus one additional lecture that I just really like).

Critical Thinking course

select Critical Thinking lectures


Teaching Philosophy

Sometimes I get asked for a statement of my teaching philosophy, and I like my most recent version of this document because it provides me with an opportunity to talk in some detail about how I teach, and why I teach as I do.

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