PHI103 Weeks 4 & 5 Assignments

Week 4: Due June 08

 

Choose an argument that you found online (you may utilize an argument from a video posted online, a blog, a news source, a political website, or any other resource that will allow you to satisfactorily meet the requirements of the assignment). You may also select from this week’s relevant recommended resources.

Once you have selected your source, you will then evaluate the argument being presented in the source in an essay of 400 words. In your evaluation:

  1. Identify the issue, the premises, and conclusions of the argument.
  2. Determine whether the argument is sound or unsound (deductive), valid or invalid (deductive), or strong or weak (inductive).
  3. Explain why you have chosen to label it as sound or unsound, valid or invalid, and/or strong or weak.

Use the “Steps for evaluating an argument” template for assistance with structuring your evaluation; however, you should construct and submit your evaluation in an essay format. Do not merely turn in a bulleted outline. 

The essay must be 400 words in length, excluding title and reference pages, and formatted according to APA style. For information regarding APA formatting, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar in your online course. The only required resource for this assignment is the media object or written work you analyze. This should be the piece that you primarily use to complete this assignment. Secondary sources are welcome but not necessary, and they should not be used in place of the argument piece you analyze.

 

Week 5 Final: Due Jun 15 

 

In your written component of the Final Project, you will analyze an argument in relation to a specific issue. Then, you will respond to that argument by providing a counterargument. Please choose one reading or media artifact from the Final Project Argument Options. Be sure to choose an issue in which you are interested and for which you have enough factual evidence to create a strong argument.

Complete the steps below based on your chosen argument:

Step One: Evaluate the Argument 

  1. Identify the issue that is addressed in the argument.
  2. Explain the argument and identify the premises and conclusions.
  3. Evaluate the argument.
    • If the argument has a deductive component, is it valid and sound? Why?
    • If the argument has an inductive component, is it strong or weak? Why?
    • Remember that arguments often contain both inductive and deductive components. Do your best to identify all the arguments that are used to support the position presented in the piece.

Step Two: Create a Counterargument 

  1. Create a counterargument to the original argument.
    • Present premises that support your own position while also pointing out the weaknesses inherent in the original argument. Avoid the use of fallacious reasoning and anecdotal evidence.
    • If you are using inductive arguments, make sure that they are strong. If you are using deductive arguments, make sure that they are valid and attempt to provide sound premises.
    • Use factual evidence and/or logical support from at least three scholarly sources to support your argument.
    • This might require you to play “devil’s advocate.” Remember that you do not need to agree with the position for which you argue. You may need to take on an opposing position to your own personal view and argue from that position. Critical thinkers are able to take on opposing perspectives and identify the strongest arguments from those perspectives.

 
Choose one of the options below to present your argument evaluation and counterargument. 

  1. Written Assignment
    • Must be 1100 to 1400 words in length, excluding the title page and reference page(s).
    • Must include at least three scholarly sources to support the counterargument.
    • Must be formatted according to APA 6th edition style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Must be 10 to 12 slides in length, excluding the title slide and reference slide(s). You must also include an audio voice-over transcript or slide notes totaling between 1100 and1400 words.
  • The presentation, transcript, and/or slide notes must include APA-style references (in-text and on the reference slide) for at least three scholarly sources supporting the counter-argument.
  • Must be formatted according to APA 6th edition style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Feel free to use images that enhance the presentation and contribute to it. However, remember that images are not a substitute for the content that must be presented in slide notes or audio voice-over.

If it is to be  here is the instructions:

 

Writing the Final Project
The Final Project:

  1. Must be 1100 to 1400 words in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page/slide with the following:
    1. Title of project
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introduction that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the project with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must use at least three scholarly sources, including a minimum of three from the Ashford University Library.
  7. Must document all sources in APA 6th edition style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  8. Must include a separate reference page/slide that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.