3-page essay in MLA style, the argument in defense of stricter environmental protection using any of the Ethical Frameworks discussed including, Epicurean Hedonism and/or Utilitarianism or Ethical Egoism and/or Social Contract Theory.
1) The Goal
Students will be able to formulate an argument in defense of stricter environmental protection using any of the Ethical Frameworks discussed including, Epicurean Hedonism and/or Utilitarianism or Ethical Egoism and/or Social Contract Theory. As this is a transferrable skill, students will learn how to think through any ethical issues, including personal ones, by utilizing any of these frameworks.
This is a formal research paper. You should only use first-person sentence constructions in your conclusion IF you are offering your own opinion supported by the research. Otherwise, the entire paper should be in the third person.
3) Who is your audience?
You are writing for an audience who has some knowledge of environmental concerns. Your paper is trying to show them through logical argumentation why environmental issues are an ethical concern and why you advocate for specific changes in lifestyle or policies.
4) The Basic Requirements
The paper must be a minimum of 3-pages (900 words). It should be in MLA style (please reference the style guide from the library) and include a minimum of two works cited. One of these can be one of our books (you can use both if you wish of course) and one outside source. You may use more sources, but not less. Your references must be peer-reviewed references and should not include works such as Sparknotes, Wikipedia, Collegegradesaver and such.
5) Schedule Planner
Students often leave their paper until the last moment. This not only compromises the quality of the work but also the personal gain and understanding that comes with allowing enough time for ideas to process. You are not a machine, but a human, and ideas take time to resonate. Use this graph to create a timeline and schedule so that you can monitor your own progress and keep on track.
|TIMELINE||Library Research||Outline||Works Cited Draft||Paper Draft||Final Paper Upload & printed copy|
|DUE DATE||18TH October class time|
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7) Common Mistakes
It is easy to overlook small but important mistakes: the format of the paper, grammar, using proper sources, laying out your works cited and using in text citations for all works reviewed.
|Criteria||Exceeds (A)||Meets (B)||Approaches (C)||Does Not Meet Requirements|
|MLA Format including Works Cited (formatting only)|
|A Descriptive Title|
|Shows a good understanding of the principle(s) of ethical frameworks used|
|Strong thesis argument utilizing the ethical framework to address an environmental issue|
|Strength of conclusion utilizing the ethical framework|
|Minimum Requirements for the Works Cited|
|Works Cited Minimum Achieved|
|In Text Citations Used as Necessary|