you need to finish working through the Module 4 content on Individual and Collective Action and submit Written Assignment 2 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. This can be a fun assignment, but please note that it requires you to monitor your water use for a day and conduct a water experiment, so you will need at least two days to complete this assignment – please plan ahead!
Please make sure you take the time to read the assignment instructions carefully and review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. You must answer all questions in the assignment prompt, and you must engage at least three course concepts from class. Engaging course concepts includes defining them in your own words and explaining how you are applying them to your analysis. Please review the Engaging Course Concepts (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. page on our class website.
Also remember that this is an essay. It should be broken into paragraphs and be clearly organized.
Remember that you need to participate in a discussion with your classmates. This means you need to respond to 3-5 classmates, but it also means that in those responses you need to ask questions, talk about how course concepts apply to their post, offer an alternative perspective, etc. Many of your responses to classmates needed developing. Always be kind and respectful in these discussions.
Many of you referenced intrinsic or instrumental value in your paper, which is great, but remember these are not ethical frameworks on their own. An ethical framework is the belief system that you hold that defines who has intrinsic value and who has instrumental value (anthropocentric, biocentric, ecocentric). This framework informs your decision-making, and someone working from a different framework may or may not come to the same decision as you. For the purposes of this paper, procedural justice and distributive justice can also be considered frameworks. They reflect your beliefs about whether or not impacted people should have a say and whether or not distribution of benefits and costs should be even. You may also have used deontology or consequentialism. Please note that deontology is a moral system that consists of rules for right and wrong behavior, irregardless of the results from those actions. Many religions operate according to deontological ethics. For this assignment, you are not using deontological ethics. You are using consequentialism – you are assessing the potential results/impacts of the decision and deciding whether or not it is ethical based on the various potential outcomes. The other frameworks discussed in this paragraph all fall under consequentialism.
Lastly, this is a class on human-environment relations – so think critically about the many different human and many different environmental components that comprise the systems around us and how they influence one another!


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