phil102-introduction to ethics paper

phil102-introduction to ethics paper

  1. Paper must be typed and submitted in a file format that is commonly readable (Word or .rtf files are best).
  2. Paper should be 6-7 pages in length when double-spaced and using a 12 point font.
  3. Include at least four sources;  the textbook may be used as one of your sources. 
  4. Please DO NOT cite any online reference encyclopedias such as Wikipedia, Britannica, or Encarta. 
  5. Your sources should consist of scholarly journal articles and books available through the Ivy Tech Virtual Library ONLY. 
  6. All sources must be cited (must have an end note or a foot note) and the source included in a bibliography. The format of the citations and bibliography must be of a nationally accepted formatting system such as MLA or APA.

In your essay, you should assess both sides of a contemporary ethical issue of your choice using at least two of the ethical theories covered in our course, and explain which side you believe is the most rational and why. The best arguments and counterarguments of both sides of the issue should be included. Any contemporary ethical issue is acceptable for you to choose as your topic, however please email the instructor for approval before starting an essay on any issue that is not included in the textbook.


The paper is worth 100 points.


Essays will be graded based upon the criteria given below:


COMMAND OF TOPIC (up to 50 points)


Essay addresses assignment, and demonstrates independent thinking and familiarity with course materials.




Essay shows careful development of related ideas in coherent, sequential paragraphs.

ORGANIZATION (up to 10 points)


Student has edited the essay, ensuring that sentences are clear and logical.


WRITING MECHANICS & SYNTAX (up to 10 points)


Essay is free from errors in word choice and writing mechanics

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