Personal Ethical Stance Project Criteria

Assignment: Decide on a moral theory that you would feel comfortable adopting as your personal ethical position. Thoroughly explain the theory you chose and why you chose it. Reference an outside source to support your position. Finally, give an example of a moral dilemma from your personal or professional life and how the theory you chose would help you solve it.



  • Indicate the ethical theory you chose in your thesis.
  • Thoroughly define the ethical theory.
  • Explain your decision based on the Criterion for evaluating moral theories (Doing Ethics pp. 72-76).
  • Compare and contrast your theory to one or more other moral theories, if necessary.
  • Thoroughly explain a moral dilemma from your personal or private life that you have faced or could face, then explain how the moral theory you chose could guide you in successfully navigating the issue.
  • Use a minimum of one quality outside source to support a point you make.

Format and Length

  • Your essay must cite sources using APA format.
  • Include a reference list of sources cited in your paper; the list must be presented in APA format.
  • Double-space the text.
  • The typeface should be 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Use WordÒ default margins, and do not right-justify the text.
  • The document should be a minimum of 1,000 words.

Focus, Unity, Cohesiveness, and Originality

  • An introduction should stimulate reader interest and provide an overview of the topic being discussed. The introduction must contain your thesis, which should indicate what theory you chose for your personal ethical position.
  • The rest of the paper should be focused and coherently organized.
  • A well-stated conclusion should bring closure to the paper.
  • Paraphrase or quote other sources (and cite when you do so); do not plagiarize.

Composition, Grammar, and Mechanics

  • The use of topic sentences and logical paragraphing should be demonstrated.
  • Sentences must be clearly written and varied in structure.
  • An academic tone should be maintained, but avoid inflated diction and define jargon in the text.
  • Standard English grammar, mechanics, and spelling must be utilized.