Write a 7-page paper (then add a bibliography) which shows learning from the course by picking a focus on one Unit and make connection to additional Units. Show reference to course material and then add research (min 3 sources) from Sheridan College Library sources. Use professional formatting (MLA).
Paper should focus on one Unit, showing key ideas, alternative perspectives and arguing which perspective is most correct from that Unit. However, superior papers will also show connections and knowledge of multiple Units.
Write simply with words you know, and apply only new terms from the textbook. Paraphrase what you are learning. Marks may not be earned if submissions are too incoherent or without academic Integrity.
Choose ONE for the focus of your paper:
• What is your solution to trolley problem and how does it relate to your philosophical views on the environment? Explain various ethical positions in your answer (suggested focus on Units 1 and 2).
• Are there other companies like Monsanto? Can their practices be ethical? What are the philosophical ideas and ethics that they violate? (suggested focus on Units 1 and 4).
• What is the current status of Canada’s environmental standings and goals? Are they philosophically justified? (suggested focus on 1, 5, and 6)
• Should we eat meat? What are the justifications based on animal rights? (suggested focus on Unit 1 and 9)
Topics above suggest Units that are helpful. You may suggest other topics and Units. You should check with your instructor to make sure they are manageable and show appropriate learning.
You can find a template for MLA in Word (which is free for Sheridan Students). In Word, select ‘File’ then ‘New’ and in the search box type ‘MLA’. Click the MLA template and then ‘Create’. Delete the tables, charts and pictures as you should not use them. Be sure to fill in the other appropriate fields.
Paper must use in-text citations. Keep them short (4-7 words). Example:
“This is what the quote is.” (Author)
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” (Plato)
Make sure the in-text citations match the sources in the bibliography. Example:
AuthorLastName, FirstName. Title of the Book Being Referenced. City Name: Name of Publisher, Year. Type of Medium (e.g., Print).
Smith, Joe. Smith’s Guide to Environmental Philosophy. Hamilton: Seasonal Publishers, 2018. Print.
Additional help can be found in SLATE under ‘My Library’ can click ‘APA, MLA and more’ or ‘Tutoring Help’.
Research must show references to course material (textbook, videos, and other articles) as well as minimum 3 quality sources researched from academic sources. Use these Library Guides for your research:
Research Guide for Environmental Philosophy: Guide of EP
Research Guide for General Philosophy: Guide for Philosophy
Submitting Research Essays:
Submit your .pdf by clicking the ‘Assessments’ then ‘Assignments’ dropbox in SLATE.
Essays must be less that 20% quoted material. Quoted material must be properly identified with in-text citations and bibliography. Submission more than 20% or unreferenced copying will be rejected and considered a Breach of Academic Integrity.
Students are responsible for checking their Turnitin reports before they submit. See links in SLATE for generating Turnitin reports.
Late submission will be deducted 10% per day. After five days, they are no longer accepted. See Course Outline for FHASS policy.
4 -3.2 points B
2.8 points or more C
2.4 points or more D
2 points or more F
Overall the research paper gives confidence that the student understands key ideas and can find and use quality research beyond course material.
Content: Shows understanding of course content. Key ideas with persons are clearly identified, paraphrased and connected with a large variety of course knowledge. (5-7 ideas discussed)
Research/Reflection: Shows unique combination of reflection, course knowledge and research that adds new ideas, personal or contemporary examples, application, comparisons, analysis, synthesis or evaluation
Form: Professional presentation (MLA), logical organization, and writing (grammar, spelling and punctuation)
Course material and research are referenced (in-text citations and bibliography) and quotes appropriately incorporated into the essay.
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