HONORS 306G SCIENCE AND ETHICS
TERM PAPER: FINAL VERSION
Due December 5
GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING THE FINAL VERSION OF THE TERM PAPER (125 pts) :
- The term paper should be prepared as a double spaced TYPED essay with ONE INCH MARGINS on a science ethics topic of your choice (to be approved by the instructor).
- The term paper should have NUMBERED PAGES beginning with the Abstract page. Your LAST NAME should appear on the upper right hand side of every page in the header section.
- The paper must address a CLEARLY ARTICULATED ETHICAL ISSUE OR THEME.
- The paper must present OPPOSING ARGUMENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF A DEBATE
- The term paper must draw on REFERENCES available in our library or through interlibrary loan, as well as websites and other apropriate sources.
- Your FORMAL DISCUSSION should incorporate REFERENCES and these should be cited. Your references may be the same as your annotated biblioraphy OR they may be a reduced set of these. However, you should should cite a minimum of EIGHT references from your annotated bibliography in the main essay.
- Citations can be used for direct quotes AND for strong major statements in your paper that are based on published data or articles. For example the statement "Genetic testing is perceived as a valuable tool in the fight against disease" can be followed by a citation for a publication that advocates genetic testing. The statement "Weight gain and depression are side effects of depo-provera." would also be followed by a citation.
The term paper must contain the following items, organized in the order listed below.
- TITLE PAGE: The first page should contain the title, your name, date submitted, course number.
- ABSTRACT: The term paper abstract should be no more than 250 words (note reduced word count). It is recommended that you revise your abstract when you complete the final version of your term paper.
- PREFACE (NEW ENTRY): Prepare a 2 page preface that summarizes your efforts preparing the term paper. Explain how you selected your topic and references and how your paper evolved through the various assinments and revisions. Describe difficulties encountered, lessons learned, and areas where more guidance would have been helpful.
- MAIN ESSAY: The main essay should be 10-15 pages in length.
- Incorporate comments received from the TA and the instructor.
- Use subheadings such as: background, ethical dilemmas, historical perspectives, arguments by proponents, arguments by opponents, personal statement (required), sources critique (required)
- Separate pros and cons arguments in the narrative.
- Personal statement. In 1-2 pages describe your position and rationale. In this statement describe which ethical philosophies discussed in class influencd your view or are pertinent to the theme under discussion.
- Add a sources critique section after your concludingpersonal statement. In this section, evaluate the references you cited and the relative merit you awarded to these. If your references were a subset of the annotated bibliography, explain why some were "deselected".
- REFERENCES: List at least eight references to be cited in the paper as follows:
- For data or sources, cite in parentheses as: (first author, year)
- For quotes, cite in parentheses as: (first author, year, page number)
- Web pages should be grouped and listed as http-1, http-2, etc., and include the date you accessed and downloaded the page.
- Web pages should be cited as: (http-x, date downloaded)
- ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Include all references and your critiques. The following web site constructed by Mia Kalish can help you if you have questions: