Moral Reasoning Assignment Detailed Task Outline Due date: March 22, 2019

Moral Reasoning Assignment Detailed Task Outline Due date: March 22, 2019

PHIL201 Assignment 1: Moral Reasoning Assignment Detailed Task Outline Due date: March 22, 2019 Length: 1000-1200 words Weight: 30% The aim of this exercise is to help you become familiar with the techniques of moral reasoning and to encourage you to think critically about moral issues. Preparation

• Read the description of the Moral Reasoning Assignment 1 in the Assessment Guide.

• Make sure you read in detail the transcripts, news items and other information given to you in the assignment questions.

• You are not expected to use sources other than those listed in the questions and any relevant readings from the PHIL201 Reading List.

• The most relevant readings are those from Weeks 2 and 3 (The nature of ethics and the nature of moral reasoning).

• Review the marking rubric for this assignment. • Read ‘A Guide to Writing and Referencing Philosophy Essays’. While this

assignment is a short answer rather than an essay assignment, the guide has very useful advice relevant to writing in philosophy more generally and on plagiarism and referencing (in the Assessment section on the iLearn homepage).

• Read the Macquarie University Academic Honesty Policy (in the Assessment section on the iLearn homepage).

Answering the questions • This is a short answer assignment. Do not answer the questions in the

form of an essay, but avoid dot points. • Answer the questions succinctly and avoid introducing material not

directly relevant to the question. • Make sure you answer every part of each question. • Remember to provide sufficient detail in Section C to give a clear

indication of your overall position with respect to the cases and the principles you endorse.

• Include a bibliography with the main sources listed in the assignment questions and any additional sources you reference directly.

• Include citations in the body of the assignment where appropriate. • You may use any of the major referencing styles provided you do so

consistently. See http://libguides.mq.edu.au/Referencing

Guidelines The aim of this exercise is to help you become familiar with the techniques of moral reasoning and to encourage you to think critically about moral issues. Remember to support your particular moral judgments about these cases with reasons and principles. You should aim to justify your particular moral judgments using relevant moral principles and moral reasons. Refer to the ‘four principles’ approach and related readings from Week 2 for details about relevant reasons and principles. Remember the importance of specifying the details of the cases when applying and weighing competing values and principles. Aim to achieve a consistent fit between your moral beliefs, principles and particular judgments. Refer to the readings from Week 2 to find examples of moral principles and reasons and explanations of moral reasoning and justification. Assessment Criteria This task will be assessed by the following criteria: 1. Question

• Does the student show a clear and precise understanding of the questions?

• How well are the questions answered? 2. Ethical Analysis

• Does the student identify and explain key ethical issues in a clear and precise manner?

• Are answers adequately supported with reference to relevant ethical principles, values and reasons?

• Is the use of ethical principles, values and reasons coherent and consistent with the student’s particular moral judgements and moral conclusions?

3. Written Expression and Presentation • Is the written expression clear and concise? • Is physical presentation of the assignment adequate (in relation to

legibility, line-spacing, spelling, grammar, proofreading, word count etc.)? 4. Referencing

• Acknowledgement of sources (bibliography) • Correct citation of references

Submission

• All assignments must be submitted in an MS Word file via Turnitin. A link will be provided on the PHIL201 homepage.

• Include your name and student number. • Assignments are due by 5.00pm AEST, March 22, 2019

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