Example of assignment requiring the analysis of a social issue (part 1) and responses to peers (part 2) - Ethics

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Example of assignment requiring the analysis of a social issue (part 1) and responses to peers (part 2) - Ethics

This assignment corresponds to some of the requirements of ethics courses taught at Champlain College Saint-Lambert.   



Throughout the semester you will engage in discussions through an on-line forum called NewsActivist. Through the use of this site you will be able to present, reflect on and defend your

positions on ethical issues and current events. You will also be asked to respond and engage with the ideas of other student users of the site. These students will include your classmates, other

Champlain students as well as students from colleges across Quebec, United States and around the world.



1. Be familiar with terminology pertinent to the discussion of ethical issues

2. Be able to recognize an ethical problem and its significant elements



Your first task will be to choose and summarize a news article on an ethical issue and analyze it

according to the elements of moral reasoning. Your article can come from a print newspaper or you

can find one on-line through the Champlain College Library website (look in Articles- Proquest

databases or Points of View ). If you are uncertain if the article is from a reputable newspaper,

please e-mail me the link for verification.

Your post should summarize the article and identify the ethical principles and values that represent

both sides of the debate. The title of the article should identify the ethical issue being addressed.

You should conclude with your opinion on the issue. Your post should be approximately 500

words. You should end with a question about the issue.

How to post on News Activist:

1. Once I have accepted your membership, you will be able to “add content to my blog”

2. Click on “news summary”

3. Enter a title, cut and paste your summary and analysis and link or reference to the article

you are summarizing

4. Under “Related Issues” choose the most relevant category

5. Save and then post



• The central idea or author's position is identified

• The facts/ relevant supporting ideas are clearly presented/ minor details are omitted


The ethical principles and values which inform the arguments on both sides of the issue are

clearly identified and discussed


The statement of opinion makes reference to the arguments, values, rights and/or principles

that make, in your opinion, one side stronger than another


• The title is phrased as a question and represents the central ethical issue being addressed

• The post follows a clear structure

• The post uses appropriate verb tenses, vocabulary and terminology

• The news article is correctly referenced, using MLA format, at the bottom of the post

TOTAL / 35



The second part of your task is to make substantial and useful comments on 3 recent blog posts

ideally in either XXXX class or XXXX.

• Please make an effort to seek out articles that have not been responded to. It is important that everyone gets a chance to get feedback on their posts.

• When people respond to your posts you should acknowledge them by agreeing, disagreeing, asking for clarification, etc.


Responses should include:

A positive reason explaining why you are commenting on the post (title, topic, writing style, etc.)

An explanation of your position. Your position may or may not differ from the one given. You should justify your position by

referring to your values and/or the ethical principles that you think are important.

Conclude with a question regarding the issue that can help continue the conversation and/or see the issue from a different perspective

TOTAL /15  (5 per response)

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Nicole -

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