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HUMAN CONDUCT AND VALUES
HUM 131 01
APPLIED PHILOSOPHY RESEARCH PAPER
First essay is to be typed, double-spaced, 4-5 pages and accord with MLA guidelines. It is due DECEMBER 10, 2020. These essays are a combination of contextualization and original analysis; they are judged according to clearness of thought, coherence, accuracy, structure, argumentative strength, originality, and grammar/spelling. Detailed instructions on how to construct a philosophy essay are presented below.
RCC provides a writing opportunity through the ONLINE tutoring center. It is strongly suggested that students make an appointment for a date at least 2 weeks in advance of due date. The student will submit their paper which will be proofread and ideas for content development will be given. Upon receiving your paper back, a ticket will be attached to your original draft. Provided those corrections are made every student who does this will earn 5 extra credit points for that respective paper (provided the ticket or an email is submitted along with the original draft by the due date). It is imperative to make the appointment as soon as possible to guarantee enough time to get feedback and implement it.
Approved Subject List
Sexuality, Marriage, Monogamy/Polygamy, Abortion, Euthanasia (assisted suicide), War, Capital Punishment, Environmental Issues, Duty to Animals, Drug Legalization, Pornography, Immigration, Affirmative Action, Feminist Ethics, Ethics of Care
1) First paragraph: Introduce topic/subject and present your thesis (what you will be arguing for or against). In other words, explain what side you will be taking e.g. whether you agree with the subject/topic, part of it or none of it.
2) Proceed to describe the subject as “objectively” as possible and then argue for it or against it using scholarly sources, scientific data, and key philosophers who back you up-or argue against you. Please integrate your own critical thinking into the paper.
3) Conclusion by summarizing main points of paper and giving your own opinion.
1) Books: Typically any credible university press (ex. Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, etc.) or scholarly trade publishers such as Routledge (Taylor and Francis), Wiley-Blackwell, Hackett Publishing, Palgrave MacMillan, Springer, Continuum, Ashgate, Rowan and Littlefield.
2) Any peer-reviewed academic journals, many of these databases can be accessed at RCC libraries.
3) Examples of “non” scholarly sources: Blogs (even by academics because they are not peer reviewed); a quote from your rabbi, pastor, guru, etc.; Time magazine or other entertainment publications.
4) The minimum amount of scholarly sources is 5.
1) Research papers are never written in the third person and do not use the word “I” in the writing (except, perhaps, in the introduction or conclusion). Think of it like you’re a lawyer presenting a case. Organize your ideas point by point (exhibit one, exhibit two, etc.). And then at the end draw conclusions. E. g. Based on these above ideas, it can be concluded that ________. And explain it.
2) Use MLA format. This means parenthetical notes throughout.
3) Use 1” margins, 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
4) Double spaced
5) Work Cited page
6) Last name and page number on upper right hand corner (.5” from edge please make sure it is in the same font as paper).