ethical theory

·  Week 4 – Proposal for final paper due Week 7
Week 4 – Proposal for final paper due Week 7
DUE: Dec 1, 2019 11:55 PM
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Goal: The goal of this assignment is to get the student started on the Week 7 Final Paper, with feedback from the Instructor.
Course Objectives: CO3. Create a framework for developing one’s own ethical and moral philosophy.
This assignment is a proposal for the Week 7 Final Paper with an annotated bibliography.  This proposal should include an ethical topic that you will critique with one of our main ethical theories (see below).  The proposal and annotated bibliography together should be about 250 words.  The bibliography should include a list of three academic resources that you will use to begin your research on the topic.  One of them can be an encyclopedia article.  One should be a primary reading.  Example: Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals.  The third one should be an academically, peer-reviewed journal article  from the APUS online library.  These three resources will form your beginning bibliography.  The bibliography should be annotated, which means that you should explain in one or two sentences why each resource is helpful and how you will use it.  Lastly, your proposal should include a brief description of  at least one thing in the Philosophy Program Guide that you saw that might be helpful for your final paper.  The proposal as a whole does not need to be in a particular style, but your references should be in the citation style you use in your program (APA, MLA, Turabian, et cetera). 
Check out the Philosophy Program Guide in the APUS Library: Philosophy Program Guide
For this assignment, match one of the following ethical theories from Western Civilization with a contemporary topic of your choice.  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.  It can be an issue you have worked on in the past, as long as most of your research and writing for this paper is new to this class.  Please check with your Instructor in advance if you want to reuse some research or writing from a past assignment in another course. If you have questions regarding selecting an issue, or researching and writing, please ask your Instructor for guidance, but you do not need specific approval for this assignment if you choose one of the ethical theories below. 
When considering what ethical theory to apply to that topic, here is a short list, but it can be expanded in conjunction with your Instructor’s approval. 
· Aristotelian Virtue Ethics
· Immanuel Kant’s Deontological Ethics
· Jeremy Bentham/John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism
· Social Contract Theory
· John Rawls’ Theory of Justice
· Egoism
· Evolutionary Morality
· Existentialism
· Feminism 
· Cultural Relativism
The Instructor’s feedback from this assignment may help you focus 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!
ETHICAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE Adam Blatner, M.D. Revised … The list below is meant to be evocative rather than comprehensive.
· APUS Library 
· APUS Library: MLA Resources
· Owl @ Purdue: MLA Style
· Owl @ Purdue: Sample MLA Paper

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