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SOCIAL STUDIES 30 MAJOR ESSAY AND PRESENTATION There are many controversial issues that face Canadians today. Because Canada is a diverse, multicultural nation there are often many different views as to how an issue should be resolved. Essay Process 1. Select an issue/question/concern that currently faces Canadians or the nation as a whole. 2. Define or outline the issue/question/concern. 3. Determine the two or more sides of the issue. 4. Gather information supporting the various sides of the issue: Be sure to cite your sources correctly! A minimum of 5 different sources is required (not including wikipedia) 4. Examine the arguments of the various sides or competing interests: analyze the data and demonstrate that you understand the material which has been researched. 5. Synthesis: Use the information gathered to come up with ideas, patterns, suggestions or solutions. 6. Evaluation/Conclusion: What should be done with regard to this issue and why? Be sure to deal with the information gathered during your research. **You must hand-in all aspects of the process in order for the final essay to be assessed! Research jot notes Essay outline Rough copy Final copy – with title page Reference sheet Possible topics could include, but are not limited to the following: - Quebec separating from Canada and becoming a separate sovereign nation. - Privatizing Medicare - Eliminating the provincial level of government - Prohibition - Legalization of Marijuana - First Nations Self-governance - Free daycare for working parents - Eliminating income tax - Hospitals, Police, Fire Stations, as “open door” locations - Tuition - Drinking age - Driving age - Drinking and driving - Mandatory Voting - Standardized Testing for Schools - Teaching French in School - Separate Schools and the allocation of tax money - Increasing Minimum Wage - Subsidizing Farmers - Mandatory Trade Training in Schools - Canada as a Bilingual Nation - Canada’s role in Afghanistan - Creating a mandatory retirement age - Banning plastic bags - Mandatory attendance at school - Mandatory physical education in high schools - Euthanasia - Driving day rotations to help the environment – carpooling - Stem Cell Research - Abortion Dialectic Term Paper Sample Title Page Your Name Due Date Social Studies 30 Ms. Mitchell Essay Format Your essay should be a minimum of 5 typed pages, double-spaced in 12 point font. Introduction: - Introduce the topic that you are going to examine. - Provides an insight into what the two sides of the topic are. - States your thesis Background Information: - Provide the necessary background information needed to understand your topic and the issue at hand. (paint the scene) Body: - Examine one side of the issue - Present the major arguments supporting this perspective - Examine the other side of the issue - Present the major arguments supporting this perspective Analysis and conclusion: - After examining each side of the issue, analyze these arguments (consider strengths and weaknesses) - state and explain your conclusion on the issue - Offer and explain solutions to the issue AN OVERVIEW OF THE MORAL TESTS There are three moral tests: 1. New Cases Test For this test, one asks if the principle is still valid when it is applied to a different but relevant case? One should be able to apply the same moral conclusion to other similar situations If you find in another case, it is not morally acceptable to make that moral conclusion then it is not acceptable to make the claim in the first situation. If you find in another case it is morally acceptable, then your moral conclusion has passed this test and you may look at other moral tests for further confirmation. 2. Role Exchange Test With this test, is the principle still considered valid when it is applied to oneself? Put yourself in that person’s place, what would you do? How would you feel if you were treated the same way? The critical issue is to clearly understand the consequences of the moral conclusion for others and that the consequences are morally acceptable for everyone. If they are not, then the moral conclusion has failed the role exchange test. If they are, then you are ready to move to the next test. 3. Universal Consequences This test asks if the principle would still be valid if everyone behaved according to its dictates? Would it change society if everyone behaved that way? Would people behave differently or have different expectations? A moral choice cannot be acceptable if the consequences of acting upon it are unacceptable. If it is wrong for everyone to act on a moral choice, then it is wrong for anyone to act on that choice. If it is right for everyone to act on the moral choice, then it has passed this test and may be morally acceptable.
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