Applied Ethics: Group Presentation
▪ Read the lecture materials to get a general idea what issues are involved in a specific topic area. Look up the definitions of technical terms from sources such as Wikipedia. You may also read the relevant chapter of the textbook and/or visit the course website for other useful resources.
▪ Prepare a set of 30 to 40 PowerPoint slides. Remember not to put too many words on a single slide. Each student’s name should appear on the specific part of the slides that he or she is responsible for.
▪ Divide up the workload among yourselves during preparation. If you have chosen Topics 2, 3, 4, or 5, you are expected to take sides on particular issues. You should try to reach agreement among yourselves on a conclusion that represents the group’s standpoint on the issues.
▪ The most important part of your presentation should be the arguments, although facts may be included if they lend support to your arguments. You may also use examples to illustrate the points you make.
▪ Do not include in your presentation materials that may be unnecessary or distracting, such as excessive graphics, videos or articles from newspaper or magazines.
▪ You may, if you so prefer, email a brief outline (no more than 2 pages) to me before you prepare the slides if you have doubts about what should be included in your presentation.
▪ Print several sets of PowerPoint notes once you have finished making the slides.
▪ Each student should be ready to speak for about 5 minutes during the presentation.
▪ The suggested readings can be found on the course website at appliedethics.webnode.com
Topic 1: Utilitarianism vs. Kantian Ethics
▪ the main arguments of utilitarianism
▪ the strengths and weaknesses of utilitarianism
▪ the distinction between act utilitarianism and rule utilitarianism (with example)
▪ the main arguments of Kantian ethics
▪ the strengths and weaknesses of Kantian ethics
▪ comparing and contrasting the two...