Length: 5-7 pages, double-spaced in 12pt. Times New Roman. Due (post in Moodle):
• 3/15 11:59pm: Justice Paper Topic – Here I just want you to have a sense of which ethical
issue you are planning on writing about. You may write on the issues discussed in class, but
others might be of more interest to you.
• 3/29 11:59pm: Justice Paper Annotated Bibliography – Here you should list at least five
sources that you may use in your paper. You do not have to have read them yet, but after each
citation (formatted according to Chicago/Turabian bibliography style), provide three or four
sentences about the reading and why it might be of use (reading the introduction and conclusion
is probably good enough to determine if a source is worth pursuing). You may or may not end up
using these, but you need to be in the habit of beginning research early and gathering sources
prior to writing
. o Note: You are required to five sources in the paper. You must use some combination
of books, peer reviewed journal articles (easily found in the ATLA database:
published from 2000 to the present; or the SEP – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
(you may use this for no more than one of your sources). No popular or internet
sources (besides the SEP) may be used! The internet has virtually nothing to offer you
and Google searches for information will lead to nowhere.
• 4/5 11:59pm: Justice Paper Draft Introduction with Thesis Statement and Outline –
You are to submit a draft of the introduction and an outline (bullet points are fine) of what you
plan to argue in the paper.
• 4/28, 11:59pm: Rough Draft Justice Paper –
I will not necessarily read these beyond ensuring there is a draft of the paper that you will have
the opportunity to revise until the final due date.
• 5/1, 11:59pm: Final Draft Justice Paper –
The rubric used to grade the final papers is listed as an appendix to the syllabus.
Goal: To allow students to explore an issue related to justice in relation to the current
socio-political climate of the United States (or perhaps in a global context insofar as the
student has interest/connection). It should showcase a student’s ability to explain
information explored in class, analyze contemporary ethical questions and controversies,
and construct possible moral responses to ethical dilemmas. It should demonstrate your
mastery of the theoretical basis for ethics rooted in a feminist ethic of care or the virtue of
justice, and demonstrate a coherent position on an ethical issue in light of your
Description: Students will write a 5–7 page paper on a relevant ethical issue and what a
just society would look like concerning their issue of interest. You should follow the
three learning outcomes presented at the beginning of the syllabus to get a more robust
sense of what is described below, under the rubrics of EXPLAIN, ANALYZE,
CONSTRUCT, which will be used to guide the writing of your papers.
Procedure: In your opening paragraph name the concrete ethical
question/problem/controversy that you’ve chosen, explain why you’ve chosen it (i.e.,
why is it important?), and note how you will develop your argument in your essay. You
should include a thesis statement here that tells me precisely what you intend to argue
and explore in your paper, or in other words, tell me what the point of your paper is in the
introduction and what your conclusion will be. Use no more than one paragraph to do
this. See the handout given on tips for writing for more on thesis statements.
Next, in one to two pages, EXPLAIN your framework for analysis—justice. This means
defining and describing justice—what it entails, how it works, how it is achieved, and
why it is crucial to human flourishing. We discussed justice in several ways in the first
half of the course (e.g., virtue, care, theory of desire and well-being, face-to-face
responsibility). You do not need to summarize all of these, but draw on something in the
course that helped you understand the ideas and goals of justice. References to your
course readings are welcome, but references beyond are ideal. By the end of this section,
I want to be confident that you know what justice is and that you are able to explain it to
others. To summarize, this section explains what justice is.
Third, in one to two pages ANALYZE the lack of justice in light of some concrete
context in contemporary society. You will address an area where you believe there to be a
lack of justice in a particular context and perhaps why you believe this situation exists
and how this affects the life of individuals or the common good in a negative manner. To
summarize, this section analyzes a lack of justice in some particular area of society, why
it exists, and how it makes the world a worse place.
Fourth, in one to two pages CONSTRUCT a moral position, or practical vision for
justice in relation to your topic. What would a just society look like re: the topic you have
chosen? How should we go about implementing vision into the moral framework of
society and/or you own life to allow justice to take root in the world. To summarize, this
section constructs a vision of a just society and gives practical suggestions for
implementing it in the world. Finally, in conclusion, use no more than one paragraph to
summarize and conclude your essay. Evaluation: You will be evaluated based on: your
meeting the deadlines, the presence of a clear thesis statement, grammar, style, clarity,
your ability to summarize and evaluate the arguments and analysis of others (including
your use of appropriate textual evidence), and the depth of your constructive analysis.
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