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Philosophy final paper | criminal justice | American Public University

 term paper due will give more details need to be 1500- 2000 words

Theories to choose from (You must pick one of these or some other accepted moral theory – be sure you do some research before choosing. You will be using the theory to justify your position on the contemporary issue):

  • Care Ethics
  • Contractarianism
  • Divine Command Theory
  • Ethical Egoism (Ayn Rand)
  • Immanuel Kant’s Deontological Ethics
  • John Rawls’ Theory of Justice
  • John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism
  • Natural Law Theory
  • Prima Facie Duties (W. D. Ross)
  • Rights Theory (human or non-human animal)
  • Virtue Theory (Aristotle)
  • If there is another theory you have read about and intrigued with, consult your instructor for permission or guidance

Contemporary topics: This is much more open-ended. When considering a contemporary topic, think about current events, some ethical issue you are passionate about, or an ethical issue you know a lot about, or perhaps even encounter in your professional or personal life.  If you have questions regarding selecting an issue please ask your Instructor for guidance. Just keep in mind the goal is to use your theory to argue for or against some position on that topic. 

Here is a link to a list of 30 ethical issues. Here is another website with dozens of topics and cases.

The Instructor’s feedback from this assignment may help you focus on your topic.  If you need help coming up with an idea of an ethical issue to critique with your ethical theory, you can begin by taking a look at the following website, but don’t feel constrained by this list.  This is an opportunity for you to be creative in your thinking and to do something that you are interested in learning more about!

If you have writing questions, please see the University Writing Center.

Introduction paragraph example: Say you want to write on transgender women competing in women’s sports and want to argue that it is morally right to allow these women even though they have a clear physical advantage. You choose to use W.D Ross’s Prima Facie Duties.

There has been much controversy lately about whether it is morally right to allow transgender women to compete in women’s sports. There are many voices against this, fewer in support of the practice. Using W.D Ross’s Prima Facie Duties a defense is made supporting the practice. After discussing the history and contents of the theory, the duties of reparation, justice, beneficence, and self-improvement are applied to this practice justifying the notion that denying transgender women the right to compete is morally unjustified.

Resources:

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Rubric Name: PHIL200 Short Essay Assignments

This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.Purpose/AudienceExemplaryAccomplishedDevelopingBeginningDid Not AttemptCriterion ScoreIntellectual Skills20 points

The writing engages the reader with an original approach to the subject.
It may encompass conflicting ideas and inspires the reader to contemplate the relationship of complex ideas.

17 points

The writing clearly goes beyond the
minimum requirements of the assignment.
It attempts to engage the reader through originality
and presentation of complex ideas.

15 points

The writing meets the minimum requirements of the assignment.
It offers insight into the subject through basic logic and the
presentation of ideas based on some evidence.

13 points

The writing fails to meet the minimum requirements of the assignment.
It offers little insight into the subject and has serious flaws in logic and omissions
in evidence.

0 points

Did not attempt.

/ 20This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.Thesis and SupportExemplaryAccomplishedDevelopingBeginningDid Not AttemptCriterion ScoreContent20 points

The writing has a clearly articulated original thesis and
subordinate ideas supported by reliable and relevant evidence
based on original research.

17 points

The writing
has a clearly articulated thesis supported by
appropriate evidence and sound logic. Minor gaps in logic and
argument may appear.

15 points

The writing has a clear thesis and related subordinate ideas
supported by clear thinking and appropriate evidence. Logical
arguments may be one-sided or incomplete

13 points

The writing may need a more clearly articulated thesis and/or
appropriate related subordinate ideas.
Fuzzy logic may be evident
and adequate supporting evidence is lacking

0 points

Did not attempt.

/ 20This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.OrganizationExemplaryAccomplishedDevelopingBeginningDid Not AttemptCriterion ScoreOrganization20 points

The writing flows smoothly and logically from a well- defined
thesis. It
contains an appropriate introduction, conclusion, and
smooth transitions.

17 points

The writing is organized logically and flows well. An introduction
and conclusion are evident, but transitions may be smoother.

15 points

The writing demonstrates rudimentary organization and logical
structure, but ideas may be more fully developed and supported
by more
appropriate evidence.

13 points

The writing is noticeably lacking in organization. There is no clear
introduction or
conclusion and ideas are neither carefully nor fully
developed.
Supporting evidence is clearly lacking.

0 points

Did not attempt.

/ 20Rhetorical Style20 points

The writing engages the reader through an original prose style appropriate to the subject.
Language is precise.
Sentences are
varied but not noticeably so. Active voice is apparent.

17 points

The writing keeps the reader’s attention through a carefully
crafted
prose style.
Language chosen is appropriate to the subject,
but may call attention to itself in minor ways.

15 points

The writing is clear but could be expressed in a style more
appropriate to the subject. It is jargon – free but may require a
more complete explanation of some terms used.

13 points

The writing lacks clarity and is sometimes confusing. The language chosen is not appropriate to the subject
or the assignment.

0 points

Did not attempt.

/ 20Writing Mechanics/MLA/Syntax and Gr20 points

The writing is free of grammatical, proofreading, and stylistic errors. All quoted material is properly documented and
cited. The writing contains sentences that are always complete and grammatically correct, and free of confusion and ambiguity. Main ideas are not lost in surrounding
supporting evidence. MLA Style is flawless.

17 points

The writing may exhibit a few minor errors in grammar or style,
but do not impair the flow of the reading. Most quoted material is
properly documented and cited. The writing contains sentences that are complete but which might imply unstated connections and/or conclusions.
Main ideas can be
distinguished from supporting evidence with some effort. There may be some erros in MLA Style

15 points

The writing may exhibit a few minor errors in grammar or style,
but do not impair the flow of the reading. Most quoted material is
properly documented and cited. The writing contains sentences that are complete but which might imply unstated connections and/or conclusions.
Main ideas can be
distinguished from supporting evidence with some effort. There may be some erros in MLA Style

13 points

The writing is confusing and ambiguous owing to substantial
errors of grammar and syntax. There is no evidence of
proofreading, editing, or rewriting. Sources may not be academic, or properly quoted and cited/referenced. The paper is not in MLA Style.

0 points

Did not attempt.

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Overall Score

Overall Score

Exemplary90 points minimum

Accomplished80 points minimum

Developing70 points minimum

Beginning60 points minimum

Did Not Attempt0 points minimum

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