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Ethics:ServiceLearningSpring2015

FinalPaper

Thepurposeofyourfinalpaperistodrawtogetherthethreadsofthematerialwehavestudiedin
classandwhatyouhavelearnedfromyourserviceplacement.Inparticular,youwillusethese
sourcestowriteanessayinwhichyoudevelopyourownunderstandingofsocialjusticeandits
placeinyourownlife.
Inan1800to2500wordpaper,drawingontheauthorswehaveread(Aristotle,Aquinas,Kant,
Mill,Poppendieck,Young,andothers)pleasedothefollowing:

Describetheunderstandingofjusticeandethicsheldbytheorganizationyouveworked
with.Questionstoconsider:Howdoyouknowthatthisistheirapproach?Howisit
communicatedtostaff,volunteers,clientsorparticipants?Beasconcreteaspossible,
mentioningparticularincidents,conversations,andobservations.

Compareandcontrastthistheoreticalapproachwiththoseofatleastthreeoftheauthors
wehavecoveredthissemester,usingdirectquotationsfromthoseauthors.

Describewhetherandhowyourownunderstandingofjusticehaschangedoverthe
courseofthissemester.Inthiscontext,pleasedrawonthefollowing:a)yourservice
work;b)atleastthreeadditionalspecificreadingsfromthesyllabus,includingthoseon
particularsubjectslikeeducationorhomelessness,usingdirectquotations;andc)ourin
classdiscussions.Questionstoconsider:Whatdidthewordjusticemeantoyouatthe
beginningofthesemester?Whatdoesitmeannow?Ifyourdefinitionhasnotchanged
verymuch,hasitperhapsbeenconfirmed,deepened,ormademoreprecise?How?If
yourdefinitionhaschanged,howandwhy?

Givenyourpresentunderstandingofjustice,describewhatroleyouwouldlikework
towardsjusticetoplayinyourownlife.Aspectsofyourlifetoconsidermightinclude:
worklife,friendships,groupsandassociations,romanticrelationships,ongoing
education,parenting,leisuretime,spiritualorreligiouslife.How,ifatall,doyouhope
thatacommitmenttosocialjusticemighthelpformyourlife?Pleasebeasconcreteas
possible.

Includeacompletedgradingrubricwithyourpaper.

Constructyouressayinanyorderthatmakessensetoyou,notnecessarilyintheorderthese
questionsarepresented.
Gradingrubric:Completetheattachedgradingrubricwithyourownevaluationofyourwork
andturnitinwithyourpaper,andpasteitinattheendofyourpaper.Paperssubmittedwithout
thisrubricwillautomaticallylose20outofapossible100points.
Outline:Anoutlineofthisessay(10%ofpapergrade)isdueinhardcopyinclassonTuesday,
May12.Theoutlineshouldcontain:
abriefsummary(onetwosentencesorphrases)oftheorganizationsethicalapproach;
alistofconcretedetailsyouintendtoinclude;
thethreeauthorswhoseideasyouintendtocomparetothoseofyourorganization,and
thekeyconceptyoullbetakingfromeachofthoseauthors;
keyideasyoullpresentforyourownviewofsocialjustice;and
thethreeauthorsyoullbequotinginthissection.
Notethatbythetimeyouvecompletedthisoutline,youwillhavelaidmostofthegroundwork
forwritingthepaperitself.

Deadlines:TheoutlineisdueinclassonTuesday,May12.Thefinalpaperisdueat
turnitin.comby11:59p.m.onTuesday,May19.

Ethics:ServiceLearningSpring2014
FinalPaperSelfEvaluationandGradingRubric

Points
Possible
Outline
Myoutlineincludesalltherequiredmaterial
Form
Ihaveproofreadcarefullyforspellingand
grammaticalerrors.
Ihavecitedallquotationsproperly,usingMLA
formatwithaWorksCitedlistonaseparatepage.
Myessayiswellstructuredwithclearintroduction,
body,andconclusions,andmeetsthewordcount
requirement.
FormTotal

10
10

10

10
25

Content
Ihaveclearlyarticulatedmypersonaldefinitionof
socialjustice,referringtospecificaspectsofatleast
threeofthecoursereadings,usingdirectquotations.

20

Ihaveofferedaclearandconcretedescriptionofmy
placementorganization'sapproachtoethicsand
justice,usingappropriateexamplesfrommy
experiencethere.

15

Ihavecomparedmyplacementorganization's
approachtotheviewsofatleastthreeoftheauthors
coveredinthecoursecurriculum,usingappropriate
quotationstoillustraterelevance.

15

Ihaveofferedaclearlyarticulatedstatementofmy
aspirationsfortheroleofsocialjusticeinmyown
life.
ContentTotal
PaperTotal

Section
Total

15
65
100

SelfScore

SelfGrade