GNED 101/HESL 024 (Winter 2022)
Professor: Zeev Perelmuter
How to Write the Essay (20%)?
Choose ONE of the following topics and write a 2-3 double spaced pages essay (500-750
words), according to the following instructions.
1) Choose a specific event/case from your own life or from the life of someone that you know,
event/case that can be analyzed in terms of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. First, you need to briefly
describe the event, then explain in what way(s) Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is relevant to it.
2) What is the most meaningful idea which relates to your life here and now that you learned in
the article Does the Internet Make you Smarter of Dumber? And why you consider it to be
3) The Introduction to Arts and Sciences (GNED 101/HESL 024) is a course that each diploma
student at Humber must take. From what you have learned in the course so far and what you see in
the course syllabus (critical path) explain why, in your opinion, this is a required (as opposed to
elective) course at Humber.
4) Using a specific case/example of your own, explain whether it is right or wrong to accept a belief
without investigation. (The Ethics of Belief). The case/example of your choice must not be common
knowledge. It must be something specific that took place in your own life or in the life of
someone that you know.
You may not choose a topic on which you wrote in Test 1!
Whichever topic you choose, you should discuss specific cases/examples.
You don’t have to limit yourself to the content of the given article. Your primary goal is to write an
interesting and thoughtful, short, reflective and/or argumentative essay.
IMPORTANT: Each paragraph should talk about one issue/argument only.
While writing the essay make sure that:
a) You divide the essay into paragraphs.
b) You observe the basic rules of English grammar.
c) You proofread the final draft of your essay and get rid of typos, spelling, and grammar mistakes.
d) If necessary, take advantage of the Writing Centre services at the LRC Building, third floor. Go
there with the draft of your essay; they will help you to improve it.
Due Date: Sunday, June 19, at 11:59 p.m.
Submit the essay through Blackboard. Click “Assignments” (in Content), then click “Essay.”
Late submission penalty: as specified in the course outline, a late penalty of 5% per weekday will
be applied to the value of the assignment for the first 10 weekdays, after which the maximum grade
attainable on the assignment will be 50%.
Your best shot is to come up with your own arguments. If you are using arguments from the
article, lecture or any other source, such as website or book, you must clearly identify the
source. Otherwise, you may risk committing an act of plagiarism, as explained below!
Plagiarism is an act of academic dishonesty. Typical acts of plagiarism include presenting ideas of
someone else as if they were your own. Never copy and paste text from websites to your essay!
You must always reference any text that you are using. You will find additional information in
Avoiding Plagiarism: A Quick Reference Guide below. Please read it carefully before writing the
essay. Committing an act of plagiarism may result in a mark of 0 as well as an official charge of
DEPARTMENT OF LIBERAL STUDIES
A QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
The Department of Liberal Studies takes academic integrity very seriously and wants to
ensure that each student is aware of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. An accusation of
plagiarism can lead directly to serious consequences, ranging from failing an assignment or a
course to expulsion from your program and Humber College.
Many teachers discuss plagiarism in class to help students prepare for assignments, but it is still
your responsibility to avoid plagiarism. This document provides information and links to online
resources that can help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Also provided is
a straightforward guide to correct quotation practices.
A. WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?
Here are two videos that explain what plagiarism is and the potential consequences for doing it:
B. HOW TO AVOID PLAGIARISM and HOW TO PROPERLY CITE SOURCES
The main point to keep in mind is this: If you want to include another person’s ideas in your own
writing you must paraphrase the ideas in your own words or use direct quotes. And, whether
you use direct quotes or paraphrasing, you must acknowledge the original source by properly
citing the original author. In short, the best way to avoid plagiarism is to be honest.
The first link below gives you crucial information about properly quoting, paraphrasing and
summarizing information. The second document shows you how to make citations within the
text and how to present your different sources (e.g. books, articles, internet sites) on the
References page of your essay or assignment.
C. WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF PLAGIARISM?
The Department of Liberal Studies handles accusations of plagiarism first at the level of studentteacher; then a Coordinator and/or the Associate Dean become involved in assessing penalties.
This is done in accordance with Humber College’s 2011-2012 Academic Regulations, which
define plagiarism and the academic penalty associated with it as:
Plagiarism … is misrepresenting the work of others as one’s own. Plagiarism can be
understood as the act of copying, reproducing or paraphrasing significant portions of
someone else’s published or unpublished material, and representing these as one’s own
thinking by not acknowledging the appropriate source or by the failure to use appropriate
GNED 101/HESL 024 (Winter 2022)