Your essay should address the question associated with one of the five cases:
“There Will Be Hell to Pay”
“A Pain in the Neck”
“Police Officers Bill of Rights”
Be sure to indicate clearly which case and question you have selected.
The cases were prepared for the 22nd Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. They are used with the kind permission of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, which holds the copyright on them.
WRITING AN ETHICS ESSAY
Since you’re writing on an ethical question, your essay should concentrate on what should be done ethically rather than what is typical, practical, or consistent with a particular set of religious beliefs.
Keep in mind that there is no one definitive answer to the question. The success of your essay depends on how effectively you state your reasons for the position you take.
Ethical reasoning focuses on things like consequences, fairness, and rights. Your essay should address topics like the potential personal and societal effects (or consequences) involved, what would be fair, whether or not people’s rights are being violated.
Start by identifying the most significant points to be addressed.
Utilize credible sources and cite all sources using an appropriate citation format (MLA, APA, or Chicago) in accordance with the university’s undergraduate academic integrity policy: Academic Integrity Policy Undergraduate Studies
Read a variety of opinions on the subject to get an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the various points of view.
Construct your own argument based upon the information you find most central, significant, and compelling.
Test your argument by discussing the question with people who disagree with you.
Revise several times, getting feedback after each new draft.
Essays must be typed (double-spaced) using a twelve-point font. The title page should include the author’s name and contact information, but the text of the paper should be suitable for blind review (do not put your name in a header or footer). Essays must not exceed 1,500 words (a word count should be included on the title page; references and citations should not be included in the word count).
Essays should be submitted in electronic form (word document) as an attachment to email, which should be sent to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org . Early submissions are welcome.
The deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. Monday April 11, 2016.
Winners will be notified by Friday April 22, 2016.