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The assignement is a critical analysis of a current issue or event. The directions state, "Using the concepts learned through the readings and lecture pages, select one social issue that particularly interests you. Now find a newspaper editorial on the subject and construct an outline of an argument made on the subject. Be sure to distinguish between an argument and an explanation. For a good example of how you might approach this, see page 46ff of van Cleave (2016) https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/BookDetail.aspx?bookId=457.
To break this down further, you should:
Select a current issue or event that you want to study further (Assad and Syria; North Korea; tax reform; growth of e-sports; food labeling; etc.)
Find a newspaper (online is fine) editorial where someone is writing about this topic. Be sure it is an editorial, where arguments are being presented (versus standard explanatory reporting).
Outline the argument presented in the editorial.
In outlining the editorial, you'll want to consider critical thinking questions from our course materials and concepts studied in our course. The prompt states:
"What are the main conclusions? Premises? What premises are missing? What is their conclusion? Using external scholarly sources, can you determine if the argument is sound? (Refer to Van Cleave, 2016, Chapter 1.) Is the argument inductive, deductive, or a mixture of both? You should employ the principle of charity to understand the argument at hand." As in interpreting a speaker's statements to be rational and, in the case of any argument, considering its best, strongest possible interpretation.
In your outline, address the questions noted here about conclusions, premises, missing information.
Evaluate the arguments presented in the editorial utilizing external scholarly sources (Google Scholar, peer-reviewed work).
Scholarly external sources are journal articles from peer-reviewed, referreed sources. These are usually not websites or encyclopedias.
Categorize the argument as inductive, deductive, or both -- and how effective the editorial deploys this method.
The 1-2 scholarly sources required will be used to help evaluate the claims in the editorial. You should also reference concepts from Cleave's work, although this does not count as an external scholarly source.
The assignement is a critical analysis of a current issue or event. The directions state, "Using the concepts learned through the readings and lecture pages, select one social issue that particularly interests you. Now find a newspaper editorial on the subject and construct an outline of an argument made on the subject. Be sure to distinguish between an argument and an explanation.