This semester we are exploring the ethical foundations for integral social and economic development, with particular attention to its sources in the Catholic Church’s social doctrine and foundational philosophy. Applying these insights to debated cases in development policy from recent history or the present day is not only an essential goal for this course, but also a hopeful goal for your continuing professional formation. Understanding the varied interests and contexts that brought you to this course, this project intends to provide you the opportunity to explore salient facts and arguments surrounding an important issue in contemporary society that requires ethical evaluation. You are then invited to experiment in public discourse on your chosen topic in collaboration with classmates through a multimedia presentation. The goal of such efforts is a solid grounding in responsible and incisive participation in social, moral discourse that allows you to add “more light than heat” to argument.
1. Individual research proposals for the evaluative paper within your topic ought to be neither so broad as to be unresolvable within the parameters of the assignment (e.g. ethics of free markets in the globalized world), nor irrelevant in today’s society (e.g. “Whether the Comintern, or the Third International, was successful in promoting income equality in areas of its activities.”). Topics can either investigate the ethics of a particular policy or exemplary case in recent history or can look at a specific component or aspect of a larger topic in development ethics. Since each of you has a unique set of experiences informing your program of study, I ask that you aim to have a unique topic and thesis on which no one else is working in class. The instructor is available to help with the specification of your topic and construction of a convincing thesis statement, as well as point out possible sources for research. Your topic, thesis, and working bibliography of at least 5 sources are due in an email to ______ no later than the start of class
Some models for the kind of case studies you could pursue are:
Faith Mkwananzi & Merridy Wilson-Strydom (2018) “Multidimensional disadvantages and educational aspirations of marginalised migrant youth: insights from the Global South,” Journal of Global Ethics, 14:1, 71-94, DOI: 10.1080/17449626.2018.1496349.
John Cameron, Hemant Ojha, (2007) “A deliberative ethic for development: A Nepalese journey from Bourdieu through Kant to Dewey and Habermas”, International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 34 Issue: 1/2, pp.66-87, https://doi.org/10.1108/03068290710723372.
2. When drafting your paper, you must accomplish the following tasks:
Papers should respect the following guidelines:
This is a complex exercise in research, reasoning, and writing that I hope is worthwhile. Be sure to work ahead and make use of the instructor, peers, and the Writing Center (http://english.cua.edu/wc/) for review, advice and aid in editing.Find a topic about which you are passionate and engage it deeply. Enjoy “owning” your research and conclusions.Please e-mail me or call with any questions or concerns.
4. Following the completion of the draft of your individual research papers, you are asked to share the fruits of your research and case study in a 15-20 minute presentation to the class during the last two weeks of the course. You should have A/V support (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi) and/or handouts with a summary of your argument, important data, key quotations, and important conclusions. Offer some questions for discussion and invite collaboration with your peers to hone insightful recommendations to your project that may be included in your final draft due Monday, December 10th.
Please be in touch by email or in office hours with any questions or concerns. Best wishes and may this be a fruitful, rewarding exercise.
NB: We do not resell papers. Upon ordering, we do an original paper exclusively for you.