Eforestation and the effects on the environment with philosophical theoretical issues

Submit after approximately 18 weeks into the course. Write a critical position paper on the topic you have chosen after refining the general topic to a more specific one with your tutor. This paper topic is on a theoretical issue (e.g., intrinsic value, anthropocentrism). In this paper you need to identify your main thesis, define the main terms used to describe it and develop a supporting argument.

Assessment of this paper will be based on the criteria of previous assignments. Now, you need to turn the skills of criticism against your own position, so that you develop a strong argument that anticipates criticism. Remember, however, that you do not need to have an absolutely defensible position that is not open to any criticism whatsoever. All positions and arguments are open to some criticism. In the end, you should have defended yourself against obvious criticisms (especially those that have been identified in the course) and you should know when and how to assume what you cannot defend in the space of the paper. Your position and defence of it should be well-structured.

Eforestation and the effects on the environment with philosophical theoretical issues

Submit after approximately 22 weeks into the course, after you have completed all other assignments and study activities in the course. Write a case study on a policy issue that is pertinent to your general topic. For this assignment, research a case of your choice determined through consultation with your tutor. Some possible cases would be a particular controversy over pollution, natural resource depletion, health effects of environmental degradation, the Kyoto Protocol, a nuclear waste siting, deforestation of an area, or logging in a wilderness protected area. Analyze the case for its moral commitments (principles and judgments about right and wrong), the values that are at stake, and the world view conflicts (if any) at issue. In other words, you will be asked to explain what exactly is at issue, what the key moral principles are, and how each side argues its position. You will then be asked to address the issue and take a side, defending a position on it. Note, that you will need to examine the position against which you are arguing fairly and thoroughly so that you do not merely dismiss it, but demonstrate why it is wrong or insufficient. This commits you to showing why your position is either wrong or a lot stronger than the one you criticize.