Case Study Assignment
Write a case study on a policy issue that is pertinent to the general topic. For this assignment, research a case of your choice determined through consultation with your tutor. Some possible cases would be a particular controversy over pollution, natural resource depletion, health effects of environmental degradation, the Kyoto Protocol, a nuclear waste siting, deforestation of an area, or logging in a wilderness protected area. Analyze the case for its moral commitments (principles and judgments about right and wrong), the values that are at stake, and the world view conflicts (if any) at issue. In other words, you will be asked to explain what exactly is at issue, what the key moral principles are, and how each side argues its position. You will then be asked to address the issue and take a side, defending a position on it. Note, that you will need to examine the position against which you are arguing fairly and thoroughly so that you do not merely dismiss it, but demonstrate why it is wrong or insufficient. This commits you to showing why your position is either wrong or a lot stronger than the one you criticize.
I have attached the general topic that I chose which is about protecting and conserving elephants.
Comments from Prof:
“Your proposal is acceptable in principle, in that it is acceptable for you to examine the policies directed at protecting or conserving elephants for your case study. In doing so, however, you will need to demonstrate what beliefs and values are held by the people who create these policies and by those who support it. This means you will need to examine the policies themselves to show both what it specifically says and what it assumes.”
“For your case study, then, you could examine any number of different situations where there is controversy or a practice you think ought to be defended or critiqued. You just have to ensure that it is a genuine issue in the sense that there is genuine argument. Most people would not argue that there is no environmental problem. So, arguing that there is an environmental problem is probably a non-starter. If you are interested in forestry, for example, you might want to deal with policy arguments for clear-cut logging. You could take a government or industry policy or practice, examine its justifications and critically assess it. Since your proposal is concerned with elephants, you would need to identify a specific practice or policy that defends them or at least tries to deal with the problems that they are facing.”
needs to be at around 2000 words
Do proper APA referencing
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