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Case Analysis: Case Studies: Lehman Brothers, British
Petroleum, Monsanto, Merck, Goodyear, Perdue Farms
In this written assignment, you will present your work on the case analysis using selected components of an
argumentative essay as described in Sections 9.1 and 9.2 of With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking (Hardy,
Foster, & Zúñiga y Postigo, 2015). This written assignment will include a revised and polished version of your
discussion work, the presentation and support of two premises, and an analysis of how your chosen ethical theory
offers the best moral solution to the business problem in your case analysis.
Using the components of the argumentative essay located in Sections 9.1 and 9.2 of With Good Reason: A Guide to
Critical Thinking (Hardy, Foster, & Zúñiga y Postigo (2015), your assignment should include the following:
An introduction. This is the “Problem” portion of the essay that is covered in Section 9.1: The Argumentative Essay
(Hardy, Foster, & Zúñiga y Postigo, 2015). This should be an improved version of the introduction in your initial post,
revised on the basis of your professor’s feedback and additional research. In this introduction you will need to (a)
identify the specific issue or problem that you want to address and give an impartial presentation of the controversy,
(b) articulate briefly the characteristics of the economic system that serves as the setting for the business, and (c)
examine the laws that affect the operations of the business. The introduction should be one paragraph of around 200
words in length.
A thesis. Start a new paragraph with a precise and clear sentence in which you state your moral position with regard to
the case that you presented in your first paragraph. This is known as stating your thesis. (See the “Thesis” passage in
“The Argumentative Essay” in Hardy, Foster, & Zúñiga y Postigo, 2015). The thesis you state here should be an
improved version of the thesis in your initial post in the discussion, revised on the basis of your professor’s feedback
and your reading of “The Argumentative Essay” indicated above.
A thesis is only one sentence, so do not write a series of sentences, or a complex sentence with explanatory clauses
(e.g., “because…” or “since…” or “according to Dr. Mary Expert, an economist with the Bureau of Labor
statistics…”, or “a law that was ratified with 80% votes in favor…”). An example of a precise and clear thesis is this:
“Factory farms are not morally justifiable” or, of course, the opposite point of view: “Factory farms are morally
justifiable.” Keep in mind that your thesis in this assignment will be the basis for the argumentative essay of the
Week 5 written assignment, so take your time when formulating this thesis.
Ethical theory. In the same second paragraph as the thesis statement, identify the ethical theory that supports your
moral position. You may choose from utilitarianism, duty ethics, or virtue ethics. Present the characteristics of the
ethical theory in a broad sketch, and include citations and references in APA form. Then, apply your chosen ethical
theory by explaining how it lends itself to the moral position that you are defending.
Two premises. Present at least two reasons in support of your thesis and these should be presented in the form of a
claim. These are called premises. Articulate each premise in one clear and grammatically correct sentence. Review
Section 9.1 of With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking (Foster, Hardy, and Zúñiga y Postigo, 2015). Start a
new paragraph for each.
In the rest of the paragraph, support your premise by presenting an analysis of how the ethical theory lends itself to the
best solution. This analysis includes articulating the characteristics(s) of the economic system at work that support the
claims in your premises. It also includes examining the effects of the law(s) at work that also support the claims in
your premises.
Comparative analysis. In the final paragraph, analyze how this application lends itself to a solution that is superior to
that offered by one of the ethical theories that you did not select. To do this, provide a clear statement describing the
moral solution offered by this other theory. For example, if you chose utilitarianism to apply to your case, then you
can choose from either virtue ethics or deontology for your comparative analysis. Explain in no more than three
sentences what moral solution would result from the application of this other ethical theory. See the “Sample Case
Analysis ” for an illustration of how this would look like. Finally, analyze the strengths of the moral solution
presented by your chosen ethical theory in ways that demonstrate how it is superior to the moral solution offered by
the other ethical theory.
Once you receive your assignment back from your professor, start working on revisions based on your
professor’s feedback. This is the first step in preparing your Final Project and the details are presented on the Final
Project’s prompt. You will benefit from starting your Final Project as soon as you receive your assignment back from
your professor.
Requirements for Your Assignment:
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Your assignment should be 1000 words in length, excluding the title page and reference page(s).
Your examination should be both thorough and succinct. This is a combination that demands time and thought, so
give yourself sufficient time to draft and revise.
Your assignment should include citations, as well as a list of references. Both must be in APA form.
You should draw from the sources provided in your chosen case category in the discussion this week.
Also refer to Section 9.1: The Argumentative Essay and the introduction to Section 9.2: Strengthening the
Argumentative Essay (intro only for the latter) from Hardy, J., Foster, C., & Zúñiga y Postigo, G. (2015).
Your references should include at least two scholarly sources from your own research in the Ashford University
Library, Google Scholar (this is not the same as Google), or the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. No
Wikipedia articles and the like should be included in the references, nor employed to inform your paper. Also keep
in mind that dictionary definitions are not references in the academic sense.
Rubics
Introduction
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Provides a clear introduction that identifies the business case and the specific moral problem being addressed. The
introduction is impartial and articulates the economic system(s) and laws that affect the operations of the business.
Proficient – Provides an introduction that identifies the business case and the specific moral problem being addressed. The introduction
is somewhat impartial and/or mostly articulates the economic system(s) and laws that affect the operations of the business. The
introduction is somewhat unclear.
Basic – Provides a limited introduction to the business case and the specific moral problem being addressed. The introduction is
somewhat biased and minimally articulates the economic system(s) and laws that affect the operations of the business. The
introduction is unclear.
Below Expectations – Attempts to provide an introduction to the business case and the specific moral problem being addressed;
however, the introduction is biased and/or does not articulate the economic system(s) and laws that affect the operations of the
business. The introduction is significantly unclear.
Non-Performance – The introduction is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.
Thesis and Ethical Theory
Total: 4.00
Distinguished – Presents a thesis statement that clearly and concisely describes the moral position being defended. Identifies an
ethical theory, and clearly and comprehensively explains how the characteristics of the ethical theory support the thesis.
Proficient – Presents a thesis statement that describes the moral position being defended. The thesis is somewhat unclear or
vague. Identifies an ethical theory, and explains how the characteristics of the ethical theory support the thesis. The explanation is
somewhat unclear.
Basic – Presents a thesis statement that partially describes the moral position being defended. The thesis is unclear and/or vague.
Identifies an ethical theory and minimally explains how the characteristics of the ethical theory support the thesis. The explanation is
unclear.
Below Expectations – Attempts to present a thesis statement that describes the moral position being defended; however, the thesis is
significantly unclear and/or vague, does not identify an ethical theory, and does not explain how the characteristics of the ethical theory
support thesis. The explanation is significantly unclear.
Non-Performance – The thesis and ethical theory are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment
instructions.
Two Premises
Total: 4.00
Distinguished – Presents two clear and concise premises that directly support the thesis. Comprehensively discusses the ethical theory
and the economic system(s) and laws that affect the operations of the business. Each premise is presented in its own paragraph.
Proficient – Presents two premises that directly support the thesis. Discusses the ethical theory and the economic system(s) and laws
that affect the operations of the business. Each premise is presented in its own paragraph. The discussion is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Presents two premises that somewhat support the thesis. Minimally discusses the ethical theory or the economic system(s)
and laws that affect the operations of the business. Each premise is presented in its own paragraph. The discussion is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Attempts to presents two premises, however, the premises are vague and/or do not support the thesis. Attempts
to discuss the ethical theory and the economic system(s) and laws that affect the operations of the business, however, the discussion is
significantly underdeveloped. The premises are not presented in separate paragraphs, and/or are not significantly distinct.
Non-Performance – The two premises are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.
Application Analysis
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Provides a clear and comprehensive analysis that demonstrates how the chosen ethical theory supports the best moral
solution to the business problem. The analysis effectively compares the moral solutions offered by two ethical theories.
Proficient – Provides an analysis that demonstrates how the chosen ethical theory supports the best moral solution to the business
problem. The analysis compares the moral solutions offered by two ethical theories. The analysis is somewhat inaccurate.
Basic – Provides an analysis that somewhat demonstrates how the chosen ethical theory supports the best moral solution to the
business problem. The analysis minimally compares the moral solutions offered by two ethical theories. The analysis is unclear or
inaccurate.
Below Expectations – Attempts to provide an analysis that demonstrates how the chosen ethical theory supports the best moral solution
to the business problem. However, the analysis is unclear and/or does not compare the moral solutions offered by two ethical theories.
Non-Performance – The analysis is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.
Applied Ethics: Understanding Different Ethical Perspectives/Concepts
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – States and describes the theory and accurately explains the details of the theory used.
Proficient – States and describes the theory and explain the details of the theory, but with some inaccuracies.
Basic – States and describes the major theory used.
Below Expectations – Only states the major theory used.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.
Critical Thinking: Explanation of Issues
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – Clearly and comprehensively explains the issue to be considered, delivering all relevant information necessary for a full
understanding.
Proficient – Clearly explains the issue to be considered, delivering enough relevant information for an adequate understanding.
Basic – Briefly explains the issue to be considered, delivering minimal information for a basic understanding.
Below Expectations – Briefly explains the issue to be considered, but may not deliver additional information necessary for a basic
understanding.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.
Written Communication: Context of and Purpose for Writing
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – Demonstrates methodical application of organization and presentation of content. The purpose of the writing is evident
and easy to understand. Summaries, quotes, and/or paraphrases fit naturally into the sentences and paragraphs. Paper flows smoothly.
Proficient – Demonstrates sufficient application of organization and presentation of content. The purpose of the writing is, for the most
part, clear and easy to understand. There are some problems with the blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper flows
somewhat smoothly.
Basic – Demonstrates a limited understanding of organization and presentation of content in written work. The purpose of the writing is
somewhat evident but may not be integrated throughout the assignment. There are many problems with the blending of summaries,
paraphrases, and quotes. Paper does not flow smoothly in all sections.
Below Expectations – Organization and presentation of content are extremely limited. The purpose of the writing is unclear. There is little
or no blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper does not flow smoothly when read.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.
Written Communication: APA Formatting
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.
Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors.
Basic – Exhibits limited knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements.
Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to
distinguish as APA.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.
Written Communication: Word Requirement
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of words.
Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of words.
Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of words.
Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of words.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.
Written Communication: Resource Requirement
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources
on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.
Proficient – Uses the required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited
correctly within the body of the assignment.
Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the
reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.
Below Expectations – Uses an inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be
scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.
9.1 The Argumentative Essay
In addition to serving as the framework for identifying claims, evaluating arguments, and defending your positions methodically, the standar
dargument form has another very practical use as the framework for writing argumentative essays. Simply put, an argumentative essay is a
genre ofwriting that presents a logical and methodical defense of a thesis based on supporting research. It includes the recognition of the op
posing position tothe thesis and the presentation of a successful rebuttal. The argumentative essay format is introduced in some university c
ourses (for example, it is thestandard writing style in philosophy), but the format has broad applications when it comes to building argumen
ts generally.
Arguments are the fundamental tool in several occupations. They are the frame for legal briefs, law review articles, opinions by Supreme Cou
rtjustices, as well as public policy analyses and predictions by economists. They are the machinery employed for methodical commentaries b
y reportersand political pundits presented in the news media. Politicians may use arguments when they make a pitch for our votes.
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Whether or not you realize it, everyday reports of yourwork to peers or higherups may require you toformulate an argument. Starting from the standardargument form, you can write an essay that helps youdef
end things such as a larger allocation of funds foryour department.
However, the use of the argumentative essay is not restricted to these occupationsalone. Many of us are called on to present arguments in thi
s way, even if not explicitly.Your boss may ask you to present an argument, although she is not likely to put it thatway. She is more likely to a
sk you to “encourage everyone” to do something (forexample, get a flu shot, come to work on time, or not access social media whileworking),
rather than to “present an argument” that will persuade others. However, therequest is still essentially a request to develop an argument. If
you needed to request araise, this, too, would essentially require an argumentative essay, whether in spoken orwritten form. Outside of the
workplace, argumentative essays might take shape inconversations with a friend or loved one, letters to the editor, job applications, projectp
roposals, bank loan dossiers, and even in love letters and marriage proposals. Aconvincing, structured argument comes in handy for many oc
casions.
It is important to note that argumentative writing is different from persuasive writing.An argumentative essay about the importance of getti
ng a flu vaccine would not onlyexamine the reasons for doing so, but would likely weigh the pros and cons, examiningwhy getting a vaccine i
s a good idea. On the other hand, a persuasive essay on the sametopic would explicitly focus on trying to get the reader to get a vaccine. Pers
uasivewriting includes elements that are intended to motivate and persuade an audience inways that may go beyond the boundaries of logic,
such as passion or emotion. Forexample, an argumentative essay can convince us that a habit is bad, but it often is notenough to motivate us
to change the habit. Persuasive writing tries to bridge the gapbetween recognizing that we should do something and actually doing it. Argum
ents arestill central to persuasive writing; you cannot get someone to change a habit they do not think they should change. You can think of p
ersuasive writingas argumentative writing with extra elements added.
In order to turn an argument into an argumentative essay, we will first need to examine both the structure of the standard argument form an
d theframework of an argumentative essay.
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