Ethical Systems/Final Research Paper 2,000 words minimum, double-spaced
Final Draft Due: Tuesday, December 2, 12:00 pm (afternoon)
Please email your final research paper to me via MS Word attachment AND by cutting/pasting the entire document into the body of your email. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL BACK, I DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR ESSAY AND YOU WILL LOSE ALL CREDIT FOR THIS REQUIREMENT. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED… PERIOD!
Unlike any of the short writing assignments that you have completed during the course of the semester, the subject for the Final Research Paper is completely your choice. My strong advice to you is to pick a topic in which there is no clear-cut answer to any debate you might pose. The issues can range from such topics such as an exploration of intellectual property ownership issues to more personal subjects such as the ethical nature of your individual five- year career plan. The reality of the Final Research Paper is that you have a considerably longer length requirement than your previous writing assignments. The ideal topic would allow you to use the systems of thought that we studied as tools to truly investigate an issue without necessarily coming to a simple conclusion.
Criteria for evaluation of the research paper:
You will need to use a minimum of three separate sources from the assigned readings (though as always, you are invited to use more if you like). You should demonstrate in your writing that you understand the nuances of the various theorists’ positions as they explicate their philosophic stances. Be sure to use M.L.A. methods of citation when quoting or paraphrasing their writing.
You will need to use outside research to flesh out your debate. You should be able to demonstrate your ability to choose appropriate research materials that relate to your topic. Obviously you should avoid citing such sources as Wikipedia, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and general encyclopedias and dictionaries (though all these sources can be useful places to begin your research). Your citation materials should show they were carefully selected for their academic nature, relevance to the subject matter, and level of depth.
You will need to demonstrate effective writing skills. I will assess your essay on your ability to craft a successful argument that is cited correctly using M.L.A. format and free of spelling, grammar, and syntax errors. Your writing should follow an organized, well thought-out essay structure that includes a clearly stated thesis that is appropriately qualified. You should be able to state your argument in the beginning of your writing, subsequently lead your reader through logically presented supporting information, and end with an interesting conclusion that is distinct from the thesis.
I realize that the freedom afforded you in choosing your final topic can be intimidating. Please let me know if you need help in narrowing the focus of your writing or if you have any other concerns.
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