In this course, you will look at classical
ethical theories of utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics. You
will also examine different perspectives on ethical issues introduced by
relativism, ethical egoism, and emotivism. For this paper, you will
apply these theories and perspectives to a current issue, selected from
the list of issues below.
Choose one of the ethical issues from the list below to research and
write about. It is recommended that you choose a topic you are familiar
with or have thought about previously. For example, you might choose an
issue that either worries you or enrages you; you might choose one that
you have worked on; or you might choose one that relates to recent
events in your community.
In your paper, you will apply the ethical theories and
perspectives to the issue you select. You do not have to use all six,
but you should apply at least two ethical theories and at least one
ethical perspective in your paper. Make sure you write primarily on
ethical topics and concepts; do not get distracted by doing analyses
that apply political, economic, religious, or legal perspectives.
Describe, compare, and apply the ethical theories and perspectives to
the topics. Explain how the theories and perspectives would analyze the
issue. What are the ethical issues? Where are there breaches of ethical
behavior? How could each theory help people think about what would
constitute virtuous or ethical behavior?
The paper must be eight to ten pages in length (excluding title and
references pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use at
least five scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library other
than the textbook to support your claims. You can also use the Sociology Research Guide
located in the Ashford University Library.
Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference
page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials,
visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources
tab on the left navigation toolbar in your online course.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper
- Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in
length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to
APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Be sure to
double-space your text and use one-inch margins.
- Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
- Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
You must use at least five academic sources in addition
to the required text. You can find academic sources in the Ashford
University Library. Academic sources include peer-reviewed journal
articles, research-based books, theses and dissertations, and
research-based government documents.