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Issue Response Paper

Issue Response Paper

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Published by Paul Cesarini
This is the evaluations criteria for the Issue Response paper in Paul Cesarini's HNRS 2010: Introduction to Critical Thinking class, at BGSU.
This is the evaluations criteria for the Issue Response paper in Paul Cesarini's HNRS 2010: Introduction to Critical Thinking class, at BGSU.

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Published by: Paul Cesarini on Sep 17, 2012
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Issue Response Paper 
Now that we have multiple tools to examine issues and think critically about arguments, it istime to “test the waters” and use these skills to dissect and analyze an issue. You will do soby selecting a topic, developing it into a prescriptive issue, examining arguments presentedon this issue, evaluating the evidence presented in these arguments, then ultimatelydeveloping your own argument. That is, your paper must have an easily identifiable issue,with multiple reasons supported by credible evidence, all of which leads to a specificconclusion. Your paper must also demonstrate that you have examined the likely values andvalue conflicts between various subject matter experts on your respective.The goal is not necessarily to have an overtly “pro” or “con” piece about a given issue,though it is fine to do so. Rather, it is to arrive at a more nuanced, informed perspective. For example, if your paper focuses on the USA PATRIOT Act, you could critically examine thislegislation and arrive at a conclusion that it amounts to an unprecedented assault on our privacy and civil liberties. You could arrive at a conclusion that it is instead a necessary evilin our post-9/11 society that keeps our country safe. Or, the conclusion you reach couldinstead be some sort of middle ground between these two polarizing views – one that viewsthe values of "privacy" and "security" as not always being mutually exclusive.
Potential Topics
Feel free to choose any one of the topics listed here, or use one of your own:
The broadcast flag
Airline passenger screening
Peer-to-peer filesharing
Distance education
E-commerce sales tax
Mandatory laptop purchases in college
Violence in video games
Privacy vs. security: mutually exclusive?
Internet censorship and/or filtering
Radio Frequency identification (RFID)
Electronic voting
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