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Unit 4 Writing Assignment
The requirements for this assignment are to:

  • Create a thesis statement with three reasons that underlie your thesis.
  • Write a 5 paragraph essay that encompasses and explains your thesis statement, and your three supporting reasons.
  • Begin to think about how this paper will be transformed into your final paper.

 
Students:  Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again after you write.  Refer to the rubric document in Course Information.
 
For this assignment you will choose one of the applied ethics topics that we will be covering in this course (sexual ethics, abortion, capital punishment, war & terrorism, and animal rights), and begin to write the framework for your final paper.  The framework will consist of 5 paragraphs; an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a final paragraph.
 
Paragraph 1:  In the first paragraph you should provide a brief introduction to the issue that allows the reader to understand the topic and where you will be going with the discussion.  The first paragraph should contain a one sentence thesis statement.  A thesis statement should contain your moral contention and three reasons why you hold that view.  For examples of what is expected, please see the Thesis Statement Guide above in Readings and Resources.  Your thesis should resemble example number 3 or 4 in the guide. The thesis statement is a very important aspect of this assignment and will constitute a good portion of the grade.
 
Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4:  Here you will explain the three reasons why you hold the ethical or moral opinion that you do. These paragraphs should encompass the body of your essay, and will contain one reason per paragraph.  Each paragraph should start by stating the reason that you will discuss and then explain that reason in further detail using any sources, data, or examples that are pertinent to backing up your opinion with facts.
 
Paragraph 5:  Conclude your essay by very briefly reviewing the three reasons that you have used to demonstrate the strength of your opinion and why they show the issue is ethically significant.  Your final paragraph should also contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis.
 
This assignment is the first part of a three part process that will lead to a completed final essay in unit 7.  The second part of this assignment will come in unit 4 and will require you to analyze your ethical question using three of the ethical theories we have discussed in the course, and choose which system you believe works best to back up your initial thesis statement from unit 1.  Please go ahead and read the instructions for the Final Paper before starting this project.  Part three will be completing the final paper in unit 7.  The Final Paper will be five to seven pages, so please keep that in mind when developing your topic.  You must choose a topic that you can cover adequately within the required page length.  After you choose a topic, go to the unit that corresponds to your topic choice and begin to use the resources in those weeks to gather information for your paper.
 
The Unit 1 thesis statement paper must be 375 to 500 words in length (excluding title and reference pages), double spaced, and formatted according to APA style, using Times New Roman type and size 12 Font.  You must use at least two scholarly resources to support your claims.  Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.  For information regarding APA, please visit this tutorial from the American Psychological Association or refer to the Post University APA Style Guide.

  • Please use this Thesis Statement Guide: https://awc.ashford.edu/writing-tools-thesis-generator.html- for help with your Unit 4 Written Assignment

 
Refer to the rubric document in Course Information before submitting.
 
Unit 5 Written Assignment
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The requirements for this assignment are to:

  • Examine your thesis statement using one or two particular sub-types of deontological ethics.
  • Write a 5-6 paragraph essay that encompasses and explains how deontologists would generally view your topic, your thesis statement, and your three supporting reasons.
  • Remain cognizant of how this essay will fit into your final paper.

 
Students:  Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again after you write.  Refer to the rubric document in Course Information.
 
 
This Unit you will write an essay examining your chosen topic and thesis statement through the eyes of an ethical deontologist.  More specifically you will choose a particular sub-type of deontologist ethics (Contractarianism of Rawls, Kantian theory, natural law, or libertarian ethics) to focus on in your essay. You must discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of the sub-type and how those who adhere to that system address the ethical issue you chose. This will require using the readings that are in the unit that corresponds to your topic, the readings on deontological ethics, and outside research that you conduct on your own.  The paper should follow the structure outlined below:
 
Introduction:  Your introductory paragraph must include your thesis statement and explain that you will be examining your topic through the eyes of a deontological ethicist.  You must also list the various sub-types of deontological ethics that you will be examining in the body of this paper (generally, one to two sub-types is enough).
 
Body:  The body of the paper should be broken up into three paragraphs:
 
Application:   The first paragraph or two in the body should apply deontological ethical theory to your topic, and more specifically you must examine your particular chosen deontological sub-type and how it connects to your topic and thesis statement.  In this paragraph you should cite deontological scholars and how they view your topic.
 
Strengths:   In the next paragraph of the body of your paper you must show the strengths of your chosen deontological theory in relation to your topic, and the ways that you think this moral theory might work well with the thesis statement you are arguing.
 
Weaknesses:   In the last paragraph of the body of your paper, you must examine the weaknesses of your chosen deontological theory in relation to your topic and the ways that you think this moral theory might not work well with the thesis statement you are arguing.
 
Conclusion:  This should be one paragraph. The conclusion should very briefly review the main points of your essay and must contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis.
 
The Unit 5 paper must be 375 to 500 words in length (excluding title and reference pages), double spaced, and formatted according to APA style, using Times New Roman type and size 12 Font.  You must use at least two scholarly resources to support your claims.  Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.  For information regarding APA, please visit this tutorial from the American Psychological Association or refer to the Post University APA Style Guide.
 
Unit 6 Written Assignment
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The requirements for this assignment are to:

  • Examine your thesis statement using one or two particular sub-types of consequentialist ethics.
  • Write a 5-6 paragraph essay that encompasses and explains how consequentialist ethicists in your chosen sub-type would generally view your topic, your thesis statement, and your three supporting reasons.
  • Remain cognizant of how this essay will fit into your final paper.

 
Students:  Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again after you write.  Refer to the rubric document in Course Information.
 
This Unit you will write an essay examining your chosen topic and thesis statement through the eyes of an ethical consequentialist.  More specifically you will choose a particular sub-type of consequentialism (Act, Rule, or Preference utilitarianism) to focus on in your essay.  You must discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of the sub-type and how those who adhere to that system address the ethical issue you chose.  This will require using the readings that are in the unit that corresponds to your topic, the readings on consequentialist ethics, and outside research that you conduct on your own.  The paper should follow the structure outlined below:
 
Introduction:  Your introductory paragraph must include your thesis statement and explain that you will be examining your topic through the eyes of a consequentialist ethicist.  You must also list the various sub-types of consequentialist ethics that you will be examining in the body of this paper (generally, one to two sub-types is enough).
 
Body:  The body of the paper should be broken up into three paragraphs.
 
Application:  The first paragraph or two in the body should apply consequentialist ethical theory to your topic, and more specifically you must examine your particular chosen consequentialist (utilitarian) sub-type and how it connects to your topic and thesis statement.  In this paragraph you should cite utilitarian scholars and how they view your topic.
 
Strengths:  In the next paragraph of the body of your paper you must show the strengths of your chosen utilitarian theory in relation to your topic, and the ways that you think this moral theory might work well with the thesis statement you are arguing.
 
Weaknesses:   In the last paragraph of the body of your paper, you must examine the weaknesses of your chosen utilitarian theory in relation to your topic and the ways that you think this moral theory might not work well with the thesis statement you are arguing.
 
Conclusion:  This should be one paragraph. The conclusion should very briefly review the main points of your essay and must contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis.
 
The Unit 6 paper must be 375 to 500 words in length (excluding title and reference pages), double spaced, and formatted according to APA style, using Times New Roman type and size 12 Font.  You must use at least two scholarly resources to support this essay.  Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.  For information regarding APA, please visit this tutorial from the American Psychological Association or refer to the Post University APA Style Guide.
 
 
Unit 7 Written Assignment
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The requirements for this assignment are to:

  • Examine your thesis statement using one or two particular sub-types of Character based ethics.
  • Write a 5-6 paragraph essay that encompasses and explains how character based ethicists in your chosen sub-type would generally view your topic, your thesis statement, and your three supporting reasons.
  • Remain cognizant of how this essay will fit into your final paper.

 
Students:  Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again after you write.  Refer to the rubric document in Course Information.
 
This Unit you will write an essay examining your chosen topic and thesis statement through the eyes of a character based ethicist.  More specifically you will choose a particular sub-type of Character based ethics (ethics of care, and virtue ethics) to focus on in your essay.  You must discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of the sub-type and how those who adhere to that system address the ethical issue you chose.  This will require using the readings that are in the unit that corresponds to your topic, the readings on character based ethics, and outside research that you conduct on your own.  The paper should follow the structure outlined below:
 
Introduction:  Your introductory paragraph must include your thesis statement and explain that you will be examining your topic through the eyes of a character based ethicist.  You must also list the various sub-types of character ethics that you will be examining in the body of this paper (generally, one to two sub-types is enough).
 
Body:  The body of the paper should be broken up into three paragraphs.
 
Application:  The first paragraph or two in the body should apply character based ethical theory to your topic, and more specifically you must examine your particular chosen character ethics sub-type and how it connects to your topic and thesis statement.  In this paragraph you should cite virtue ethics or ethics of care scholars and how they view your topic.
 
Strengths:  In the next paragraph of the body of your paper you must show the strengths of your chosen character ethics theory in relation to your topic, and the ways that you think this moral theory might work well with the thesis statement you are arguing.
 
Weaknesses:  In the last paragraph of the body of your paper, you must examine the weaknesses of your chosen character ethics theory in relation to your topic and the ways that you think this moral theory might not work well with the thesis statement you are arguing.
 
Conclusion:  This should be one paragraph. The conclusion should very briefly review the main points of your essay and must contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis.
 
The Unit 6 paper must be 375 to 500 words in length (excluding title and reference pages), double spaced, and formatted according to APA style, using Times New Roman type and size 12 Font.  You must use at least two scholarly resources to support this essay.  Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.  For information regarding APA, please visit this tutorial from the American Psychological Association or refer to the Post University APA Style Guide.
 
 
 
 
Final Paper
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The requirements for this assignment are to:

  • Compose a final paper from the unit 4-7 essays.
  • Choose one of the three ethical systems that you wrote about in units 5-7 and explain why this system most closely aligns with your thesis statement and why you think it most satisfactorily answers the ethical dilemma that your thesis is based upon.
  • Conclude your final paper by explaining the weaknesses that your chosen system might still have that might keep you from applying this system to all ethical dilemmas in your life.
  • The final paper must include a title page with the following: a.Title of paper

b.Student’s name
c.Course name and number
d.Instructor’s name
e.Date submitted
 
 
Students:  Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again after you write.  Refer to the rubric document in Course Information.
Now that you have examined your chosen topic using the three main categories of ethics (consequentialism, deontological ethics, and character ethics) you must choose one that you think works best with your thesis statement and the ethical topic you chose to write on from units 4-8.  The vast majority of the unit 8 paper will be just rearranging excerpts from the essays you wrote in weeks 4-7, but the final paper must be a coherent and well-flowing research paper, and not a patchwork of paragraphs pasted together.  The paper should follow the structure outlined below:
 
Introduction:  In the first paragraph or two you should provide a brief introduction to the issue that allows the reader to understand the topic and where you will be going with the discussion.  The first paragraph should contain your one sentence thesis statement that contains your moral contention and three reasons why you hold that view (from your week 4 essay).  In addition you must include a brief description of the moral theory that you have chosen as the system that most closely aligns with your ethical beliefs and thesis statement.
 
Body:  In the body of the final paper (which will likely be 8 to 10 paragraphs) you will explain the three reasons why you hold the ethical or moral opinion that you do, as you did in the unit 4 assignment, but you will now be able to add in-depth information on which ethical views support your reasoning and what views would disagree with your reasoning (from your unit 5, 6, and 7 essays).  Please add any sources, data, or examples from your research that are pertinent to backing up your opinion with facts.  If you feel that your reasoning has changed since you wrote your unit 4 essay in light of your research on the ethical theories, feel free to update your ideas.
 
Conclusion:  Conclude your essay by briefly reviewing the three reasons that you have used to demonstrate the strength of your opinion and why they show the issue is ethically significant.  Your final paragraph should also contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis and why you ultimately chose the ethical theory you did to back up your beliefs, and what weaknesses remain in the theory that might keep you from being a 100% adherent to the ethical system..
 
The final paper must be 1500 to 2000 words (excluding title and reference pages) in length, double spaced, and formatted according to APA style, using Times New Roman type and size 12 font.  In your final paper you must utilize at least two required readings or media, and two scholarly readings or media that you researched on your own to support your claims.  Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.
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