1) You must find two fallacies
2) Your five fallacies must be examples of the following:
2. Ad hominem abusive
3. Ad hominem circumstantial
4. Ad hominem tu quoque
5. Appeal to ignorance
6. Confusion of correlation and cause
7. False analogy
8. False dilemma
9. Hasty generalisation
10. Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
11. Slippery slope
12. Straw man
4) You can only use a type of fallacy once.
Optional: You can identify one (1) example of a fallacy that does not appear on this list (a ‘wildcard’ fallacy) – you will need to describe this fallacy to the class in your presentation before you give your example. (Other fallacies not covered in class can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies)
5) Each fallacy must have occurred during this semester (after Sep 1, 2020 is fine).
6) The fallacy MUST be unintentional. Fallacy websites and memes cannot be used. Funny TV shows that have fallacies in them are using them to be funny, not to make a mistake. Fallacies appearing in fiction are not mistakes. Advertisements cannot be used. You cannot use text messages or instant messages.
7) The fallacy MUST be serious. If the source was approached, would they say they were only joking or exaggerating, rather than making a legitimate argument?
In week 8, for 1% homework, you are to deliver one of your fallacies to your tutorial as a draft – email the PowerPoint slide(s) with the fallacy on a USB to your tutor. You must use your webcam if you are in an online class. You will receive feedback on this from your peers, and this fallacy may be used in your final submission (if the feedback is that it was suitable, or could be fixed-up to be suitable).
Mistakes in reasoning are often found where there is controversy, raised-emotions, anger; and those who often make these comments are the unintelligent, uncouth, and uninformed. As such, it’s possible your fallacies may include colourful language and offensive views. Before you present these to the class, you are to asterisk any swearing found in direct quotes (e.g. “d***” instead of “damn”), and at all times, you should be mindful of the thoughts and opinions of others in the class. The class will understand that you are presenting the example to criticise it, but still be careful to not unnecessarily offend.
The following information must be covered/presented with each fallacy:
Name of fallacy (e.g.: Hasty Generalisation)
Context/background (e.g.: What happened? Where did you find this fallacy? Describe the situation, or other relevant arguments/assumptions surrounding the fallacy. Also, you should provide information so that we could find the fallacy if we wanted to look for it in writing or online (or spoken sources if they’re from an online video) sources—e.g.: the date, section and title of the newspaper/hyperlink)
The direct quote of the fallacy in text
o For your written/online source(s), you must embed a legible scanned/photographed copy of the fallacy in print and you must also type the relevant section out in the slide
o For your spoken source(s), type the dialogue in quotes (if a video and it is available online, and if time permits, you can also quickly play it)
o If you use an online source, embed a screengrab of the fallacy and type out/copy and paste the relevant section
You must also include a typed-summary where you explain/describe/defend why it is that what you found is an example of the fallacy (“This is a hasty generalisation because…”)
You will receive most of your marks purely on what is included in your PowerPoint, so if there is no written explanation, or you have not typed the relevant fallacy, you will score poorly
As per the university regulations, any academic misconduct may result in a loss of mark, a zero for the assessment, or a zero for the subject overall. This includes sharing fallacies with other students. Your speech will be recorded by your tutor for moderation and to check for misconduct. Every fallacy must be able to be assessed via the University’s plagiarism detection software – this is why you must type out both the direct quote and your analysis.
You will be graded at two points: Your PowerPoint Slides and your Presentation. Late submissions (either in uploading the file, or not attending your tutorial to present the speech) will result in a 10% (3 marks) deduction per day.
PowerPoint Slides (25 marks: 5 marks per fallacy):
PowerPoint Fallacy Content Quality
0/5 (0%) = Bad (can be either of the following: no example, or misconduct)
2/5 (40%) =Not a fallacy/No evidence (can be either of the following: unable to see typed fallacy in PowerPoint, unable to see or limited analysis in PowerPoint, breaking a rule, not a fallacy)
2.5/5 (50%) = Convenient (any independently unverifiable source e.g. “My mother said that…”)
3/5 (60%) = Push (pushing the example to meet the definition)
4/5 (80%) = Good (must have all the following: a good example of t
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