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goal for this assignment is to apply an ethical theory to a real-world
situation. You will examine an environmental issue and apply one of the
ethical theories to understand how human interactions with the natural
environment raise ethical concerns. You will do this by preparing and
posting a PowerPoint slideshow consisting of 12 slides and a separate
section under each slide for notes.

Environmental justice/environmental racism (
one philosophical theory (utilitarianism, deontology, or virtue
ethics). Consider the following questions pertaining to the theory you
have selected:What does the theory tell us about how things operate in the real world?What is the focus of the theory? That is, what aspects of everyday life (or what questions) does the theory address?The
focus (or questions) helps you think about the topical boundaries of
the theory. This course is about ethics and social responsibility, so
you should concentrate on the ethical and moral aspects of the theory
and of the topic you are analyzing. It may help to think in terms of
different realms or institutions. Does the theory help to explain
people’s behavior from a political, economic, religious, or ethical
perspective? Try to sort through everything that does not represent an
ethical question, and address only the ethical issues.
does the theory simplify complex issues to make them more
understandable? Another way to think about this is to consider the
elements or concepts that make up the theory. Identify the concepts and
how they are related to each other.Develop
one thesis question that applies your philosophical theory to your
environmental issue. You will address this question in developing an
argument that links the theory to the issue (through your notes and
pictures), so make sure you word your question carefully to accomplish
this task. Indicate this thesis question on your second slide (the one
after the title slide).Next,
develop an ethical argument that addresses your question. Use the text
and/or look for academic sources to support your position. Build your
argument by writing nine sentences. Each sentence should make one
important point about the ethical aspects of the environmental issue you
are analyzing and should be placed on one slide each.Underneath
each slide you will also add presentation notes. The notes are written
information that you would normally say or share with an audience during
a presentation, but that they do not actually see on the slide. Your
notes should also make use of at least two academic sources and
elaborate on the image and sentence in each slide.To
add notes to your slide, go the section at the bottom of each slide in
Power Point and click on the option that says “Click to add notes.” Type
your notes into that section.Make
sure your presentation focuses on ethical arguments and avoids personal
opinion, arguments based on politics, economics, religion, or topics
other than ethics.Find
a photo to illustrate each slide, and post the photo on the slide above
the sentence. Search the Internet for photos that are appropriate. Make
sure the photos you use are not copyright protected; you should only
use photos that are in the public domain. Also, make sure you cite the
sources from which you retrieved your photos directly underneath the
photo on each slide.The
slideshow should be 12 slides long; one slide for title page, one for
the thesis question, nine slides for your arguments (i.e., main
sentences) and notes, and one slide for your references. You should use
at least two academic sources other than the textbook as references. All
citations and references must be in the APA format as outlined in the
Ashford Writing Center. This assignment must be submitted as a
PowerPoint presentation. Other formats (i.e., PDF files, Word documents,
etc.) are not acceptable. If you are unfamiliar with how to use
PowerPoint, see: Basic tasks in PowerPoint 2010.