Issues Debate â€“ Signature Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is for students to:Â
To prepare for taking a stance on this issues debate, you will be discussing topics and ethical dilemmas in several of the lesson discussion boards. Â As you post and read the posts of others, you will have a chance to a) think about your stance and then b) formulate your arguments to support your stance. Â
By participating in the weekly discussion board postings you will be able to select a topic that interests you to complete the Debate paper. Â
Step 1:Â Select a topic for the Issues Debate
To prepare for the Issues Debate assignment:
Â Step 2:Â ResearchÂ your selected topicÂ (Lessons 3 and 4).
In order to take a stance on your topic, you will need to conduct some additional research. Â To do this you will need to useÂ
You should be able to find applicable articles to use to formulate your description and advocacy portions of this paper. Â You should not have to pay for any articles, so please save your money! Â Remember to try a variety of key words as you search for your articles!!! Try to use the most current research whenever possible.Â
Step 3: Write an individual academic paper (Lessons 5 and 6).Â
In this academic paper you will essentially be debating yourself. Â You will be describing the issue you have selected, both sides of the debate and then take a stance on one side of the debate aligning with your own beliefsÂ thatÂ are supported by the review research you conducted.Â
The individual academic paper should include the following sections, conform to the page lengths specified, and address each of the items listed in the major sections.Â
Introduction to the Issue (minimum one page in length)
Present a general overview of the topic.Â
Â A.Â The Debate (minimum 3-5 pages in length)
Explain the debate.Â
Â B.Â Advocacy for One Side of the Debate (minimum 2-3 pages in length)
Assume the position of a person advocating for that side of the debate and do the following:Â
Â This is an academic paper. Â As such it needs to be a rigorous presentation of your ideas with research to support those ideas. Â References need to be from reputable academic references such as peer-reviews journals and academic texts (no Wikipedia). Â A limited number of non-academic websites may be used to illustrate the issue.
Points may be deducted from the total for not following traditional academic protocol for written content, spelling, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and word choice. Appropriate citations are expected throughout the paper and in APA format. Â Provide aÂ list of referencesÂ at the end of your paper that cites your references.
Towards the end of the course, you will submit to your facilitator a copy of your individual academic paper. Your paper will be submittedÂ through the online course link as well as to Tk20. This will be evaluated using the Individual Academic Paper rubric provided below.Â