The goal for this assignment is to
apply an ethical theory to a real-world situation. You will examine an
environmental issue and apply one of the ethical theories to understand how human
interactions with the natural environment raise ethical concerns. You will do
this by preparing and posting a PowerPoint slideshow.
- Choose one of the following topics/issues and read
about it at the indicated place:
- Select one philosophical theory (utilitarianism,
deontology, or virtue ethics). Consider the following questions pertaining
to the theory you have selected:
- What does the theory tell us about how things operate
in the real world?
- What is the focus of the theory? That is, what aspects
of everyday life (or what questions) does the theory address?
The focus (or questions) helps you think about the topical
boundaries of the theory. This course is about ethics and social
responsibility, so you should concentrate on the ethical and moral aspects of
the theory and of the topic you are analyzing. It may help to think in terms of
different realms or institutions. Does the theory help to explain people’s
behavior from a political, economic, religious, or ethical perspective? Try to
sort through everything that does not represent an ethical question, and address
only the ethical issues.
- How does the theory simplify complex issues to make
them more understandable? Another way to think about this is to consider
the elements or concepts that make up the theory. Identify the concepts
and how they are related to each other.
- Develop one thesis question that applies your
philosophical theory to your environmental issue. You will address this
question in developing an argument that links the theory to the issue
(through your notes and pictures), so make sure you word your question
carefully to accomplish this task. Indicate this thesis question on your
second slide (the one after the title slide).
- Develop an argument that addresses your question. Build
your argument by writing nine sentences. Each sentence should make one
important point about the ethical aspects of the environmental issue you
are analyzing and will be placed on one slide each. Make sure your
presentation focuses on ethical arguments and avoids personal opinion,
arguments based on politics, economics, religion, or topics other than
- Create a PowerPoint slideshow to present your argument.
Begin by inserting your argument into the slideshow using the “Notes”
feature at the bottom of each slide. Click on the box that says “Click to
add notes” and type one sentence at the bottom of each slide. Your
sentences and slides should link together to form your argument.
- Find photos to illustrate each sentence, and post the
photo on the slide above the note. You can use your own personal photos or
you can search the Internet for photos that are appropriate. Make sure the
photos are not copyright protected; you should only use photos that are in
the public domain. Cite the sources from which you retrieved your photos
underneath the photo on each slide.
show should present what you would usually write in a paper. The slideshow
should be 12 slides long (one slide for title page, one for the thesis
question, nine slides for your arguments, and one slide for references). All
citations and references should be in APA format.If you are unfamiliar with how to use PowerPoint, see: Basic
tasks in PowerPoint 2010
K. (2013).Ethics and social
responsibility (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education,