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Introduction to Ethics is a general education course designed to assist students in the development of critical life skills.
One of the goals of this assignment is to assess student competence for each of these objectives:
Written and Oral Communication— create an ethical argument or position (CCO10)
Critical Analysis and Reasoning— analyze ethical arguments (CCO9)
Information Literacy— find, evaluate, use, and cite appropriate academic sources (CCO7)
Local and Global Diversity— analyze the diverse conceptions of human nature that are implied by different ethical theories (CCO5)
Personal and Professional Ethics— explain the importance and relevance of distinguishing between unsupported opinions and justified ethical claims (CCO4)
In addition to the above general education objectives, this assignment assesses students’ understanding and application of the following skills and knowledge specific to Introduction to Ethics:
apply technology to research ethical thought and issues (CCO6)
explain ways in which ethics is a dynamic subject which is responsive to new discoveries in related fields from a historical, social, cultural and political context (CCO2)
ASSIGNMENT:
Students will compose an original philosophical essay using the arguments, theories and philosophical understanding they have acquired throughout the course. The essay will include a well-developed thesis and several lines of supporting as well as antithetical evidence.
Purpose:
The purpose of this critical reflection essay assignment is to apply philosophical reflection to explain an ethical argument, position, or theory.
Audience: Your instructor, or other third party reviewer/evaluator
Directions:
Compose an original, philosophical essay (750 words minimum).
Select a topic from the assigned options below.
Clearly employ a line of philosophical reflection applied to the issue raised by the topic and expound upon your position employing philosophical arguments to support your thesis.
You are expected to use the arguments, theories, and philosophical understandings that you acquired in this course explore theories across cultures and traditions recognizing the diverse conceptions of human nature in your paper.
ASSIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS:
Minimum 3-4 pages (750 words) typed in Times New Roman 12-pt font, double-spaced with 1” margins. The Works Cited (MLA)/References (APA) page is not included in the assigned page length.
MLA / APA style format and documentation for parenthetical citations and Works Cited / References page.
Minimum of three (3) academically appropriate resources in addition to assigned primary source(s) – so, 4 sources total
Utilize suggested philosophy databases below to locate appropriate sources:
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy – https://iep.utm.edu/
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – https://plato.stanford.edu/
Utilize suggested CCBC library guides for correct MLA/APA formatting guidelines:
MLA 8 format: https://libraryguides.ccbcmd.edu/Citations/mla8
APA 7 format: https://libraryguides.ccbcmd.edu/Citations/apa7
Instructors and Librarians are happy to help with proper resource citation.
Grading:
This assignment will account for 20% of the total course grade.
See attached rubric for details about how your essay will be graded.
Submission Guidelines:
Attach as a Word or PDF file your final paper to the Term Paper Assignment titled, “SUBMIT TERM PAPER HERE”
STEPS FOR COMPLETION:
Part 1:
Select a topic from this list.
What is the value of Ethics and what does it mean to be Ethical?
What is the Social Contract Theory and how is it relevant today?
What is Virtue Ethics, and how can it be applied to everyday circumstances?
Compare and contrast Deontological and Teleological Ethics, and provide examples of each.
Compare and contrast ethical decision making from personal decision-making.
Explain how the movement of Care Ethics challenges traditional approaches to moral philosophy.
Identify a social or political conflict, and present two ethical theories as possible solutions.
Explain two competing theories in Ethics and argue your position regarding both.
Part 2:
Develop a thesis statement.
Develop a clear philosophical position on the topic you select.
Be certain to include in your discussion ethical applications and theories across cultures and traditions recognizing the diverse conceptions of human nature. This means going beyond the texts studied in this short survey course and considering theories such as “ubuntu” and other African philosophies, Native American philosophies, Asian philosophies such as Confucianism, among others.
Your essay must refer to and cite at least three (3) of the philosophers or philosophical theories covered in this course.
Cite the appropriate academic sources/references that you have used in the class to construct your thesis and supporting argument.
Part 3:
Develop clear arguments for your thesis.
Use your sources to include at least of 3 levels of analyses as follows:
The primary source(s)/theory(s) as identified in the course reading selections;
The source(s) that supports your perspective;
The source(s) antithetical or opposite to your perspective or the primary source.
Part 4:
Summarize the results of your analysis of the original topic/problem.
In your summary, be certain to describe the importance and/or relevance of distinguishing between unsupported opinions and justified ethical claims.
Refer back to all of the arguments that have been previously discussed being certain to incorporate applications and theories across cultures and traditions recognizing the diverse conceptions of human nature
Avoid branching into new areas of inquiry within this summary.

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