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The writing required for this course is a position paper of at least 10 pages of text, without counting the bibliography (i.e., about 3,000 words of text only). A position paper is a short essay of the kind that might appear in an academic journal.
The submitted paper must have three clearly identifiable parts: an analysis of a target piece/s, an analysis of a critical response/s, and a conclusion in which the student evaluates whether these positions are:
Contradictory (if one is true, the other has to be false but they cannot be both false), or
Contrary (if one is true, the other has to be false but they could be both false); or
Compatible (they could be integrated into one consistent view)
The student must select at least one target piece (from a reading in the instructor’s list) and one critical response, also from the options provided by the instructor in Topics for Papers. Other readings are permitted but not encouraged. If the student decides to include them, they should be kept to a minimum.
The paper will be evaluated according to the criteria stated in the paper’s Rubric. Here are some of the issues that you may keep in mind:
The paper a) is on a topic proposed by the instructor and b) includes a catchy main title in a title page that also features a Word Count.
The paper is preceded by an abstract of no more than 300 words which summarizes its main argument (as stated in its conclusion). It has a main body divided in three parts (target claim, critical response, conclusion), and these are marked with numbers (subtitles are optional).
The paper begins by introducing the controversy at hand (Imagine your reader knows nothing about it and needs basic information). It then addresses at least two readings from the list provided by the instructor: the target piece in part I and the critical response in part II. Both summaries offer correct interpretations.
The paper has references and citations that follow the author-date system. Its Reference List includes all facts of publication and has a consistent style. Although no special style of referencing is required, the style should be consistent. Suggestion: follow the conventions listed in this website:
The paper provides ample evidence that the student has done the readings, and offers citations and page numbers as required to show that you have interpreted the arguments and claims in readings correctly. All citations have page numbers. Suggestion: Take notes while you are doing the readings because from those notes you can develop the summaries of the readings. Include citations in your notes with page numbers. These will be useful textual evidence in support of your interpretation of the readings.
The paper offers a robust analysis of the readings and a well argued conclusion. This requires a major argument with clear reasons for the claim the student wishes to support. The paper illustrates the major claim with examples or cases whenever possible. (Note that your conclusion is most important part of your paper since it is here were you demonstrate your grasp of the ethical issues at stake.)
The paper appeals to some major ethical theories to account for its claims and demonstrates full grasp of the meaning of at least three of the following concepts: democracy, rights, morality, justice, virtue, liberty, and autonomy.
The paper shows the impact of factors such as nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, disability, or socioeconomic status on moral judgments about what’s a violation of the value of privacy, confidentiality, or autonomy (in the case of nudging).
The paper is clearly written in academic English and has been properly edited with no typos or other linguistic problems. The paper follows the word limit: at least 3,000 words (10 pages not counting the list of references) and at most 3,500 words (11 pages).
The paper meets an authenticity condition: it is the student’s own work, with any used source acknowledged. Papers that do not meet this condition will earn 0 point automatically, with no possibility of re-submission. Be aware that plagiarism-detecting software will be used to check for authenticity.
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