PhD Seminar (PHIL*6960) | College of Arts

PhD Seminar (PHIL*6960)

Code and section: PHIL*6960*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Don Dedrick


This course is cross-listed with PHIL*6950

This course will be synchronous and will meet once a week.

These two courses are mandatory for all MA and PhD students. The syllabus is the same for both, and any differences for the two groups are listed in “Topics.” These two courses (hereafter referred to as “the course” or “the seminar”) are year-long (F20 & W21) and are graded Pass/Fail. There are some necessary conditions to pass, listed below. There are four main topics covered: grant & research proposal writing, teaching, academic practice, non-academic careers. A thoughtful, encouraging, respectful demeanor is expected from all. On occasion, established graduate students, former graduates, faculty, and others from outside the Dept. will attend and contribute. The seminar is not intended as an extra academic course in which you are doing philosophy. It is more about the sorts of issues and concerns you have now or will have in your career as a graduate student, TA, academic, and all-round excellent colleague!


The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.