The purpose of the essay is to apply utilitarianism and/or Kantian ethics to one of the topics below and demonstrate your understanding of the theories by applying them to relevant details on the case.
Choose one of the topics on the following page. For each of the topics I have included questions to consider. Use one or more of the questions to form a thesis.
- The essay should be 625 -750 words in length, not including lengthy quotations.
- Provide a brief introduction and conclusion. Your conclusion should summarize the key points of your analysis.
- You must make use of the article(s). You may also make use of course texts on moral theories. Do not rely only on PowerPoints for your analysis. (You may cite the PowerPoints on utilitarianism and savior siblings if the information is not in a course text.)
- Present your analysis in an organized manner, using proper paragraph and sentence structures. You must use in-text citations with the page number, when available, even when paraphrasing, and provide a list of works cited in MLA format.
- Put your name and the case title or topic number at the top of the document. (You do not need to provide a title page).
- If you want comments on your essay, you must submit it as a Word document and write “Comments, please” at the top of the document.
I expect you to construct and write your essays on your own, not with help from another member of the class; If you have questions or need help, please see me.
Citation guide: https://columbiacollege-ca.libguides.com/MLA9/notes
Topic 2: Strunk v. Strunk
Strunk v Strunk https://www.quimbee.com/cases/strunk-v-strunk
Richard J. Howard and Danielle L. Cornell. “Ethical Issues in Organ Procurement and Transplantation” Section 2.2. “Living donor”
Optional Source: Hickey, Kathryn. “Minors’ Rights in Medical Decision Making.” JONA’s Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation, vol. 9, no. 3, July 2007, pp. 100–4, doi:
Questions: Would removing Jerry Strunk’s kidney as a transplant for Tommy Strunk be moral, according to Kant’s formula of the End in Itself? What problems in the application of Kantian ethics does the case highlight?
Do not use any sources other than those listed above and course texts.
Ethics and the Family
Student Name: ____________________________________________________ /45
|Introduction, thesis and conclusion
|Introduction, thesis and conclusion are clear and accurately reflects content of the essay and show insight.
|Introduction, thesis and conclusion are clear and accurately reflects content of the essay.
|Introduction, thesis and conclusion are unclear and/or do not accurately reflect content of the essay.
|Lacks introduction, thesis or conclusion.
and List of Works Cited
|All sources used for ideas, quotes, and facts are cited correctly in the text.
|Most sources used for ideas, quotes, and facts are cited correctly.
|Most sources used for ideas, quotes, and facts are cited correctly, but not in correct style, or some page numbers are missing.
|Failing to cite sources or use quotation marks for verbatim wording is plagiarism and will result in a zero for the paper.
See the Pledge of Academic Integrity and IPESA
|Grammar & Spelling
|Author makes 0-2 errors in grammar or spelling.
|Author makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling.
|Author makes 5-6 errors in grammar or spelling.
|Author makes more than 7 errors in grammar or spelling.
|Clarity of Statements and Structure
|All statements are direct and clear, and follow one-another in a logical sequence.
All paragraphs are focused and follow one-another in a logical sequence.
|Most statements are direct and clear, and most are in a logical sequence. Some paragraphs lose focus or paragraphs do not always follow one another in a logical sequence.
|Most statements are in a logical sequence but few are direct and clear. /Most statements are clear, but few are in a logical sequence. Some paragraphs lose focus or paragraphs do not follow one another in a logical sequence.
|Few statements are clear or direct or in a logical sequence. Paragraphs lose focus or paragraphs do not follow one another in a logical sequence.
|Use and Understanding of Texts and Course concepts
|Makes excellent use of the sources to support arguments. Shows an excellent understanding of relevance of both sources to course concepts.
|Uses very good examples and evidence from both sources. Shows an adequate understanding of course concepts.
|Makes use of the sources, but does not use them effectively in relation to the course concepts. Show some confusion about the course concepts.
|Does not use sources appropriately; shows very poor or understanding of the course concepts.
|Late submission; does not meet word count