assignments

  • "Justified Partiality" Position Paper(15-25%)
    formal
    required

    This is a standard paper (thesis driven and argued) in applied ethics in which you critically discuss an ethical problem, ideally presenting a a position. It should be 3-4 pages. You may use your real name on this assignment.
  • Book or Movie Group(5%)
    informal
    optional

    You may read a book or view an ethically themed movie on your own or with other students on a topic related to ethics and journal about it, usually 2-3 pages. No need for anonymity on this assignment.
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  • Class Presentation or Co-teaching(5%)
    informal
    optional

    You may offer a class presentation on a relevant topic of your choice, or you may join me in presenting scheduled material from a class of your choice. In either case, you should meet with me prior to the presentation.
  • Critical Analysis Paper(20-30%)
    formal
    optional

    This paper invites an analysis (thesis driven and argued) of a theoretical or applied problem in ethics. It should be 4-6 pages. Further instructions about the topic will be given in class. Submit with pseudonyms.
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  • Final Essay(15-25%)
    formal
    required

    During the final week of the term, you will be asked to write one short essay (600 words) on the topic of our last unit. Open book and open note. Do not put your name on the document or file name.
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  • Journals(5-10%)
    informal
    optional

    Journal entries allow informal reflection on topics related to course material. Each entry should be 600-800 words. Journals must be completed by April 15. (3 entries for 5% or 6 for 10%)/ No need for anonymity on this assignment. Important: Turn journals in one at a time and wait for my reply. This allows more of an exchange.
  • Points(50-70%)
    formal
    required

    We'll use this assignment category for a variety of small exercises from quizes to group writing exercises, to short paragraph responses.
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  • Short Research Paper(5-15%)
    formal
    optional

    This short research assignment allows you to look into a course question or topic of interest to you. The length and weight are determined by your question. Typically, this paper is 3-5 pages and can be informative or argued. No need for anonymity on this assignment.
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