Learning Objectives

Learning objective: You will practice and learn how to summarize the argument of an article. The goal is to provide a clear and cohesive summary of an argument, identifying the main ideas and any counter-arguments, along with the author’s responses. Length: approximately 300 words

 

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Evaluation: Students will be assessed based on the following criteria Writing clarity (4.5 marks) Accuracy of summary (7.5 marks) Appropriate citations (3 marks) List of possible articles to choose from: Alistair Norcross “Puppies, Pigs and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases” Peter Caruthers “Against the Moral Standing of Animals” Monica Aufrecht “Climate Change and Structural Emissions: Moral Obligations at the Individual Level” Tom Regan “The Case for Animal Rights” Peter Singer “Equality for Animals” Written part 2 Learning objective:

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You will practice and learn how to form your own judgments about the arguments and claims of authors in the articles you are reading. You will select an article from a list supplied and construct an analysis of the argument, providing reasons for your agreement and disagreement with claims in the article. Due: Length: 400 words. Evaluation: Students will be assessed on the following criteria Writing clarity (1.5 marks) Evidence for claims (6 marks) Critical thought in the analysis (6 marks) Appropriate Citation (1.5 marks) List of Possible articles: Arne Naess “Platform Principles of the Deep Ecology Movement” Naomi Klein “This Changes Everything” Pierre Trudeau “Justice in our Time.” The Royal Commission on Aboriginal People “Partners in Confederation: Aboriginal Peoples, Self Government and the Constitution” John Arthur “Famine Relief and Ideal Moral Code” Susan Moller Okin “Is Multicultural Bad for Women?” Michael McDonald “Aboriginal Rights.”

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Written part 3 Learning objective: You will practice and learn how to apply a concept or an approach that is used in an article to a topic that is not directly addressed in the article. You will take an argument or concept and use it to examine an issue from a list of possible topics that are supplied. Length: 600 words Evaluation: students will be assessed on the following criteria Writing clarity (2 marks) Evidence for claims (8 marks) Critical thought in application (8 marks) Appropriate citation (2 marks)

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List of possible articles Celia Wolf-Devine “Abortion and the ‘Feminine Voice’” Don Marquis “An Argument that Abortion is Wrong” L.W. Sumner ‘In Harm’s Way” Mary Ellen Turpel “Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Charter” Richard Norman “The Case for Pacifism” Joseph Kunkel “Challenging the Domestic Analogy: A Critique of Killing in Self-Defence” Francois Baylis “Human Cloning: Three Mistakes and an Alternative”

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