PART I – PROPOSAL
(There will be 4 parts of this project, this is just part I)
(Don’t do the other parts yet)
· Length of assignment: one page
· Format: Typed in MLA format.
Directions for PART I:
Write a one-page proposal on the topic of your choice. It should answer these questions:
a. The topic are you writing about
b. Why it is a compelling ethical problem with a global scope? (briefly, why does this issue matter?)
c. What research you plan to do in writing about it
Components (There will be 4 Parts for this project)
1. Proposal (This is the one you have to do this time, don’t do the others yet)
2. Annotated Bibliography (Next week)
3. Development Response
4. Final Project due
A more detailed look at each step
1. Proposal: A one-page proposal on the topic of your choice. It should answer these questions: the topic are you writing about; why it is a compelling ethical problem; why it is a global problem; and what research you plan to do in writing about it.
2. Annotated Bibliography: This part of the assignment, about 1½ pages, is a summary of the research you have done to this point. Typically, you will need three or four sources, which are a combination of informational research and of essays on ethical problems involved in the topic.
3. Development Response: This response, also about 1½ pages, is more than a rough draft. It is a self-reflexive response. That is, you will be writing about writing the essay. These topics include: what problems you think you are going to face, and how you plan to address them.
4. Final Project: The final project is the culmination of the work you have done all term. You will include all writing you have done thus far as a single document.
1. You are responsible for choosing your own topic. I recommend putting time into the choice. I think it would save you much time and grief to find a topic that you don’t need to change between now and the next step in the assignment (Like Your Part II – Annotated Bibliography).
a. “Compelling”: For a topic to be compelling means that it demands the attention of others. That is, because or if it isn’t addressed, then some terrible or injustice is occurring or will occur. One way to test your topic is to ask yourself two questions: 1) Does this topic matter to me?; and 2) Do I believe that this topic should matter to other people?
b. “Ethical”: How does this issue demonstrate either a failure to fulfill an important obligation or a failure to achieve a good or better outcome?
c. “With a global scope”: The topic does not need to touch everyone in the world, but it does need to show how an issue can touch different parts of the globe or is an example of a problem that we might find in several places throughout the world. For example, one nation’s struggle with immigration might be seen in many other nations.
3. What are examples of possible topics? You will need to consult your textbook for an overview of the problem or of the concepts that relate to the problem, so I put the relevant chapter in parentheses beside the topic. Here are some possible topics: (THIS ARE THE EXAMPLE FROM PROFESSOR DON’T USE IT FOR YOUR TOPIC)
· Is the practice of “roof-knocking” justified under the principles of just war theory? (Moral Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 3, and Global Conflict, Chapter 8)
· Should “female genital cutting” be combatted and how? (Case Studies for Global Ethics, Chapter 2, and Moral Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 3)
· Were US pilots justified in firing on the men in New Baghdad City, on July 12, 2007? (Global Conflict, Chapter 8)
· Should there be a market for organs, for example, for kidneys? (Case Studies for Global Ethics, Chapter 2, and Global Bioethics, Chapter 9)
· Is the international market for gestational surrogacy ethical? (Moral Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 3, and Global Bioethics, Chapter 9)
· Who is responsible for paying for climate change, and what should be done? (Global Environmental and Climate Ethics, Chapter 10)
· Should there be open borders (or looser borders) for immigrants? (Moral Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 3,and Global Poverty, Chapter 7)
· Should there be a global tax to address global wealth inequality? Describe it. (Moral Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 3, and Global Poverty, Chapter 7)
· Should the United Nations have more political, economic or military power? (Political Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 4 and Global Governance, Chapter 6)
· Should rights be defined by nations or globally? (Are rights portable?) (Rights Theory, Chapter 5)
· Is sex work a problem that should be combatted on a global level? And what should be done? (Moral Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 3, and Global Gender Justice, Chapter 11)
· With regard to the environment, what responsibilities do individuals have to future generations? Why? (Moral Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 3, and Global Environmental and Climate Ethics, Chapter 10)
· When should there be a military response to an atrocity in a particular nation? (Global Conflict, Chapter 8)
· Are nations liable for debts contracted under pressure from international organizations? (Global Governance, Chapter 6 and Global Poverty, Chapter 7)
· Are workers in different countries being exploited to satisfy consumer needs of the wealthier nations? What if anything should be done to address the problem? (Global Poverty, Chapter 7)
· What is the best way to support women’s rights in a particular nation or culture? (Moral Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 3, and Global Gender Justice, Chapter 11)
· Is some particular technology (your choice) a threat to individual freedom? If so, what should be done? (Political Theory for Global Ethics, Chapter 4 and Global Governance, Chapter 6)