essay social ethics social change

Essay 3: Social Ethics/Social Change

Background Readings:
Ethics website and discussion
Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell (Map of Burma–Myanmar)

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia Website and timeline

Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. (Listen to short audio of the letter.)


E Examine a significant ethical/social/political issue and possible solutions.

Thesis Statement: Your thesis statement will assert and justify a specific argument for change.

Evidence: Use one or more quotes from the essays you have read, if relevant, as well as at least three references (quotes or paraphrases) from outside sources obtained through your LIBR 100 research. Your essay should include a rebuttal of opposing arguments: describe the opposite point of view and explain why it is flawed or wrong. Notes: Since this is an argumentative essay, do not use “I” unless, in addition to your research, your evidence includes a personal anecdote.

Questions to Consider:

1. What is ethics? Whose ethical standards do we follow? Who decides what is right and wrong?

2. What makes your topic an ethical question? (Instead of political)

3. What is the source of the pro/con position?

4. What steps need to be taken to realize your proposed solution?

5. How would the world be a better place if others adopted your point of nmview?

Requirements: MLA compliance.

Double space entire essay (NO space between paragraphs). 4-5 pages.

12 point font (New Times l/Roman or Cambria). 1 inch margins on all sides. Left margin justified.

Full name, class, professor, assignment, and date in left hand corner

Page number in right hand corner

Title Centered, unbolded, first letter of each content word capped

Indent five spaces for paragraph

Works Cited list and in-text citations correctly formatted

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