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.

SOC 120 Week 2 Assignment

Applying Theory: Environmental Issues
Your 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 consisting of 12 slides and a separate section under each slide for notes.

  • Choose one of the following topics/issues and read      about it at the indicated place:
    • Environmental justice/environmental racism (Article: Environmental Justice for All)
    • Environmental harm/pollution of air and water (Chapter       8 in the textbook)
    • Waste reduction (Chapter 8 in the textbook)
  • 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).
  • Next, develop an ethical argument that addresses your      question. Use the text and/or look for academic sources to support your      position. 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 should be placed on one slide      each.
  • Underneath each slide you will also add presentation      notes. The notes are written information that you would normally say or      share with an audience during a presentation, but that they do not      actually see on the slide. Your notes should also make use of at least two      academic sources and elaborate on the image and sentence in each slide.
    • To add notes to your slide, go the section at the       bottom of each slide in Power Point and click on the option that says       “Click to add notes.” Type your notes into that section.
    • Make sure your presentation focuses on ethical       arguments and avoids personal opinion, arguments based on politics,       economics, religion, or topics other than ethics.
  • Find a photo to illustrate each slide, and post the      photo on the slide above the sentence. Search the Internet for photos that      are appropriate. Make sure the photos you use are not copyright protected;      you should only use photos that are in the public domain. Also, make sure      you cite the sources from which you retrieved your photos directly      underneath the photo on each slide.

The slideshow should be 12 slides long; one slide for title page, one for the thesis question, nine slides for your arguments (i.e., main sentences) and notes, and one slide for your references. You should use at least two academic sources other than the textbook as references. All citations and references must be in the APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. This assignment must be submitted as a PowerPoint presentation. Other formats (i.e., PDF files, Word documents, etc.) are not acceptable. If you are unfamiliar with how to use PowerPoint, see: Basic tasks in PowerPoint 2010.


In this class, you have three tutoring services available: Paper ReviewLive Chat, and Tutor E-mail. Click on the Ashford Writing Center (AWC) tab in the   left-navigation menu to learn more about these tutoring options and how to   get help with your writing.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
Late Policy: Written assignments (essays, journals, presentations) are due on the specified days in the course. Written assignments will be subject to a late penalty of up to 10% per day up to three days late. If written assignments are submitted after 72 hours past the due date, instructors can give a penalty up to and including a grade of 0 for the assignment.

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