Applying Theory: Environmental Issues

SOC 120 Assignment
Applying Theory: Environmental Issues
The goal of 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.
Choose one of the following topics/ issues and read about
it at the indicated place:
Justice/ environmental racism (Article: Environmental Justice for All)
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 does the theory
address? Another way to think about this is to consider what questions the
theory is addressing?
The focus (or
questions) help you think about the topical boundaries of the theory- This
course is about ethics and social responsibility and 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 peoples
behavior from a political perspective? From an economic perspective? From a
religious perspective? From an 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 what the elements- or-concepts- that make up
the theory are. 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 to theory to the issue (Through
your notes and pictures), so make sure you word your questions carefully to
accomplish this task.
Develop an argument that addresses your question. 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 will be placed on one slide each. Make sure your argument focuses
on ethical arguments, and avoid personal opinion, or arguments based on
politics, economics, religion, or topics other than ethics.
Create a
PowerPoint Slideshow to present your argument. Begin by inserting your
argument into the slideshow using the notes feature at the bottom of each
slide. Click on the box that says click to add notes and type one sentence at
the bottom of each slide. Your sentences and slides should link together to
form your argument.
Find photos to illustrate each sentence, and post the
photo on the slide above the note. You can use your own personal photos or can
search the internet for photos that are appropriate. Make sure the photos are
not protected from copying; you should only use photos that are in the public
domain. Cite the sources from which you get your photos underneath the photo on
each slide.
Your slideshow should present what you would usually
write in a paper. The slideshow should be 11 slides long (1 slide for the title
page, 9 slides for your arguments, 1 slide for references). All citations and references
should be in APA format.
Only serious people that know how to follow directions
and do not use any plagiarism need to do this

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