A final presentation on an ethical topic of the student’s choice, chosen in consultation with the professor, will be due in lieu of a final exam. Each student will select an ethical issue/hot button topic that was not covered in detail in class (i.e., not homosexuality, death penalty, abortion, or war) and create a unique presentation using powerpoint. Possible topics include but are not limited to the ethics of gun rights, climate change, death with dignity, immigration, refugee crises, terrorism, Black Lives Matter, etc.; one may find other possible topics by consulting the “ethical challenges facing the 21st century” materials in the concluding weeks of class.
Specs for the presentation are as follows:
· Minimum of 20 substantive slides
· Content should do the following: introduce the basics of the issue—including relevant history/background/statistics, evenly and fairly address all sides/perspectives, thoroughly discuss biblical/religious evidence and viewpoints, include scientific/sociological/psychological and other relevant factors, identify and unpack recent news stories or world events dealing with the issue, and briefly share one’s own ethical assessment of the topic and why
· Utilize at least 4 reputable sources (see below on acceptable sources) and cite those sources in the body of the presentation alongside the corresponding information from that source
· Use media, images, art, etc. when helpful to bring the presentation to life
Use the professor’s presentations on the four ethical issues from class material as a model and guide.
A NOTE ON ACCEPTABLE SOURCES: Websites will not be accepted as viable sources unless cleared with the professor first, and even then this will be in exceptional circumstances. Rather, make use of the Presentation library’s database of online articles and books; if they don’t have a particular book, ask them to interlibrary loan it. This may take a few weeks, so plan ahead. You might also try Google Books or seeing if Amazon has a preview of the book you can view. See the PC Library/Research Handout for help navigating PC library offerings and other acceptable source material.