Human Responsibility

Human Responsibility Paper Due Monday by 11:59pm Points 100 Submitting a file upload Choose from one of these topics: drug abuse, body image, social media   Human Responsibility Paper (20%) The second half of this course asks you to consider the question: “How are we responsible to others?”  For your final paper, you will reason through a moral problem in which your individual actions and behavior have the potential to make significant differences in our shared social life. For instance, you might consider the following:  “If I overhear racist speech on campus, am I obligated to respond?”  “Do I have an obligation not to purchase products that are produced in unethical ways?”  “Should I modify my behavior to be environmentally friendly, even if it inconveniences me?” “Should I use genetic technologies to enhance the health/well-being of my future children?”    “If steroid use is rampant in my sport, is it cheating for me to use them too?”   Your instructor may, in consultation with the class, limit the number of potential questions to serve as prompts for this assignment. To complete this assignment, you must: Include an introduction that leads the reader to your thesis: a clearly articulated and appropriately focused central argument that demonstrates your own independent thought about the question. Summarize the differing points of view of at least two sources that you have located through the Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Links to an external site.) database, or other relevant library databases, with the goal of identifying points of agreement, conflict, and any insufficiencies in the positions you might note.  Offer a clear definition of relevant terms, focusing explicitly on defining the moral or ethical criteria by which you will evaluate the relevant action, behavior, etc. You might accept a definition from one of the course readings outright, or alternatively modify or expand on it.  Make a persuasive argument about how an individual should behave in your chosen instance based on your established criteria for moral and ethical behavior.   Conclude with a brief restatement of the thesis and lead the reader to further questions.  

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