Project #211121 - Theoretical Spaceship Civilization

English Tutors

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/13/2017 05:00 pm

Overview: We have volunteered for a grand experiment. We will be leaving soon on a spaceship capable of sustaining a small society, the size of a major American city, for at least three generations. The primary goal of the experiment is to live on the spaceship sustainably so future generations born on the spaceship can return to earth, 150 years later, with a flourishing society. Obviously we will be dead, so we are tasked with the responsibility that our choices going up onto the spaceship must ensure future generations return to earth healthy. As part of our responsibility as volunteers, it is up to us to argue that certain choices must be made on our spaceship. We will not make these arguments out of thin air; our unsubstantiated opinions are not welcome here. If, for example, you argue that we do not need a political hierarchy, you would draw from centuries of research on horizontal organization and anarchy movements that arose from the enlightenment’s liberal tradition.



 ï‚·Material Reality. This is not a utopian argument. Look to our material world to determine real problems that constrain us from achieving a Just, Flourishing and Sustainable society. Research the problem and offer a solution, using research-based approaches, in the form of your A2 argument.

ï‚·Maintain the development of your critical consciousness, whereby we make issues of race, class, gender, identity, environment, and dominant power relations central through ideological critique, so we might critically appropriate knowledge existing outside our immediate experience in order to broaden our understanding of ourselves, the world, and the possibilities for transformation.

 ï‚·A focusing inquiry question in your topic area: such as where have humans successfully combated inequality? Or what polices have successfully combated racism? This will provide you the initial spark to get started without choosing your argument first.

 ï‚·An explicit exigence: something must be at stake for your audience, some imperfection (something unjust, unsustainable, pathology) marked by urgency behind your argument. There should be a clear link between your argument and justice, sustainability, and flourishing.

ï‚·A research-based approach: including the use of best available information and science about your topic area. Opinions (beliefs that are unsupported or detached from reasonable premises) are not welcome here. Challenge yourself to inquire, research, decide, and execute, rather than decide first to avoid confirmation bias, and otherwise vulnerable arguments.

ï‚·A theoretical framework from your topic area: in the first assignment you used ideological criticism, a type of rhetorical criticism, as a theoretical framework. In this assignment look to the theories subscribed to by the experts in the field of inquiry. You may challenge an existing theoretical framework, but you should use other credible experts and theory to make that challenge.

 ï‚·A historical framework: ideas are not born in vacuums; they always have a history both idealistic and material. Your argument, or the idea you have for the spaceship, should have clear connections to its history.

ï‚·Effective Logos Appeals: a clear thesis drawn from reasonable premises and supported with logical reasoning, strong warrants and coherent, credible evidence.

ï‚·Effective Ethos Appeals: including a sincere, fair-minded, knowledgeable voice that conveys a thoughtful, well-researched, credibly supported stance, concedes to opposition when appropriate, uses language, vocabulary, and grammar appropriately. Be sure to include opposing ideas when necessary.

 ï‚·Effective Pathos Appeals: that shows your intimate understanding of the values, beliefs, emotions, needs, constraints, and fears of your audience.

 ï‚·Organize your essay so that the paper is unified and focused.  Use clear transitions to guide readers between your ideas.

 ï‚·Avoid hindrances and fallacies.

 ï‚·Format your argument and document your sources according to your discipline’s conventions. ï‚·Type your essay in a readable, 12-point font and double-space it.

ï‚·Submit your final, polished draft to me by uploading it onto the Assignments folder.


 ï‚·Include a Works Cited Page (minimum ten sources)Paper Length:  6-8 pages, double-spaced


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