NB: Before starting your essay, you should read this entire document as well as the information in the ‘Essay Assignments: Grading Criteria and Helpful Information’ folder found in Unit 5.
Choose one of the topics below.
Topic 1: Utilitarianism, the trolley problem, and Stowaway; you will need access to Netflix if you choose this topic.
The trolley problem is a well-known utilitarian dilemma, and the movie Stowaway, on Netflix, is a twist on this classic problem. Though we will not be covering utilitarianism until Unit 8, you can skip ahead to that reading if you wish to write on this topic. If you choose this topic, you should do the following:
Video link for the trolley problem for TOPIC 1:
Video 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs0E69krO_Q&t=2s
Video 2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtRhrfhP5b4&t=1s
Regardless of the topic you choose, your essay must include the following:
Your essay should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font; your paper should be written in Standard English and done in MLA format. To submit your paper, click on ‘Essay Assignment’ in the Unit 5 folder. You should attach a file that can be opened with Microsoft Word (doc or docx); do not submit a pdf or type in the submission box.
Any instance of plagiarism will be punished by a minimum of an F on the assignment and a report to the associate dean of the humanities division. Further punishment could include failure in the course, suspension, or expulsion.
In addition to the above specifications, your essay should meet the essay requirements listed below topic 2.
Topic 2: Philosophy Bites Podcast
Here is a blurb about the podcast from Wikipedia: “Philosophy Bites is a podcast series featuring philosophers being interviewed for 15–20 minutes on a specific topic. The series, which has been running since 2007, is hosted by Nigel Warburton, freelance lecturer, and David Edmonds…The podcast has been one of the 20 most downloaded series in the United States and has over 34 million downloads.
If you choose this topic, you should do the following:
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