You will research and exam a real-world ethical issue. Once thoroughly researched, you will write a position argument regarding the ethical issue. In writing the position paper, the choice of words ...
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Project 2: Position Paper (25%)
You will research and exam a real-world ethical issue. Once thoroughly researched, you will write a position argument regarding the ethical issue. In writing the position paper, the choice of words is important because it is necessary to persuade the audience that the position you take is the best position.
Step 1: Getting Started
A position paper provides a point of view and can be viewed as taking a side in a debate. What you want to keep in mind as you research and write the paper is that the viewpoint is yours but it is necessary to support your ideas, reasoning and conclusions.
Before starting, read the topic in Step 4 and lay out a plan for researching the topic. You will note that you have been given a few articles to get you started but the research you will do goes beyond these articles and must focus on identifying the ethical issue and taking a stance based on the ethical nature of the statement.
To present a fair and convincing argument, you will research and present the counterclaims to the position you take and refute the other positions.
Step 2: Research
Read the article below to gain a sense of the issue at stake. Thoroughly research the issue further so that you are able to take a position.
Do Multinational Corporations Have an Ethical Obligation to Assist Those in Need?
Step 3: Introduction
Create the introductory paragraph. Within this paragraph, provide a brief overview of the scenario. Then, provide a thesis statement and tell the reader the main topics covered in the paper. The introduction comes at the beginning of the paper and tells a reader the main topics covered in the paper. View this website to learn how to write an introductory paragraph: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/donelan/intro.html
Step 4: Write the Position Paper
You will write a position paper in response to the quote below:
“Multinational companies have an obligation to assist the citizens in poverty-stricken countries in which they do business.”
To write a position paper, you will first organize and outline the counterclaims and your viewpoints on the issue. Be sure to frame the discussion to define the key points covered in the paper. Establish credibility by supporting the reasoning and conclusions using the course readings and your research.
Step 5: Writing Steps
- Use the topic provided in Step 4
- Gather sources using the library, the classroom and the Internet (scholarly articles). Make sure that you have information that supports more than one viewpoint.
- Read the source documents and decide on a claim statement. The claim statement is the thesis of your paper.
- Use the gathered sources to prepare the thesis.
- Consider preparing an outline based on the steps provided in Step 2.
- Identifying the ethical issue.
- Present the counterclaims, and your position on the counterclaims including evidence to refute the counterarguments.
- Then, write your paper by presenting your position. Argue your position by making three appropriate reasons with at least two supporting details for each reason;
- Lastly, conclude the paper by restating/summarizing the argument. Refer to the opening statements and main points made throughout the paper. Reflect on the importance of the arguments and conclude their development.
Step 6: Review the Paper
Read the paper to ensure all required elements are present. Use the grading rubric to ensure that you gain the most points possible for this assignment.
Proofread the paper for spelling and grammatical issues, and third person writing.
- Read the paper aloud as a first measure;
- Use the spell and grammar check in Word as a second measure;
- Have someone who has excellent English skills proofread the paper;
- Consider submitting the paper to the Effective Writing Center (EWC). The EWC will provide 4-6 areas that may need improvement.
Step 7: Submit the Paper in the Assignment Folder (The assignment submitted to the Assignment Folder will be considered a student’s final product and therefore ready for grading by the instructor. It is incumbent upon the student to verify the assignment is the correct submission. No exceptions will be considered by the instructor).