For this assignment, first choose a controversial ethical issue that interests you. This can be any controversial ethical issue as long as you can find articles expressing opposing opinions on this issue. This issue could be something from the business world such as drug-testing of employees, Facebook gathering private information from their users, etc. Or you can also choose other controversial issues such stem cell research, the death penalty, etc. The purpose of this assignment is to apply some of the concepts of critical thinking and argumentative writing from the background readings to an ethical issue of your choice.
Once you have chosen the issue you want to write about, find at least three articles on this issue including two articles that take opposing views on this issue. Then write a 2- to 3-page paper that makes an argumentative in favor of a position on this issue. You should not just summarize the articles you found. Instead, choose the viewpoint you wish to argue in favor of and use the information to support your point of view. Use the template from the Classic Model for an Argument reading in the background materials.
You don’t need to worry about whether or not your professor agrees with your point of view. What you do need to focus on though is whether or not your paper is just a summary of information (in which case your professor will not give you a high grade) or is a genuine argumentative paper where you make a solid case for your point of view on one side or the other of a controversial issue. Your grade will be based on the quality of your arguments and your ability to analyze rather than just summarize information that you find.

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