Global Societal Problem, Argument and Solution
[WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this assignment, please review this Sample Final Paper GEN499 for additional guidance on the expectations of this assignment.
The topic of your essay needs to be a global societal problem from the following list:
· Climate change
Reflect: Based on the topic that you have chosen, you will need to use critical thinking skills to thoroughly understand how this topic can be a global societal problem and determine some logical solutions to the problem.
Write: This Final Paper, an argumentative essay, will present research relating the critical thinker to the modern, globalized world. In this assignment, you need to address the items below in separate sections with new headings for each.
In your paper,
· Identify the global societal problem within the introductory paragraph.
o Conclude with a thesis statement that states your proposed solutions to the problem. (For guidance on how to construct a good introduction paragraph, please review the Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) from the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).)
· Describe background information on how that problem developed or came into existence.
o Show why this is a societal problem.
o Provide perspectives from multiple disciplines or populations so that you fully represent what different parts of society have to say about this issue.
· Construct an argument supporting your proposed solutions, considering multiple disciplines or populations so that your solution shows that multiple parts of society will benefit from this solution.
o Provide evidence from multiple scholarly sources as evidence that your proposed solution is viable.
· Interpret statistical data from at least three peer-reviewed scholarly sources within your argument.
o Discuss the validity, reliability, and any biases.
o Identify the strengths and weaknesses of these sources, pointing out limitations of current research and attempting to indicate areas for future research. (You may even use visual representations such as graphs or charts to explain statistics from sources.)
· Evaluate the ethical outcomes that result from your solution.
o Provide at least one positive ethical outcome as well as at least one negative ethical outcome that could result from your solution.
o Explain at least two ethical issues related to each of those outcomes. (It is important to consider all of society.)
· Develop a conclusion for the last paragraphs of the essay, starting with rephrasing your thesis statement and then presenting the major points of the topic and how they support your argument. (For guidance on how to write a good conclusion paragraph, please review the Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) from the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).)
The Global Societal Problem, Argument, and Solution Paper
· Must be 1,750 to 2,250 words in length (approximately between seven and nine pages; not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.) resource.
· Must include a separate title page with the following:
o Title of paper
o Student’s name
o Course name and number
o Instructor’s name
o Date submitted
· For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
· Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
· Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
o For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center resources.
· Must use at least eight scholarly sources.
o Source Document Requirements:
§ Multimedia sources (such as videos) may be used, but no more than two such sources may be used. If multimedia sources are used, they must be authored and distributed by credible sources, such as universities, law schools, medical schools, or professors, or found in the Ashford University Library.
§ Government sources may be used, but no more than two such sources may be used. Examples include whitehouse.gov, state.gov, usa.gov, cdc.gov, and so forth. These websites can be used to make a stronger point about your proposed solution within the argument.
§ Where documents are used for source materials, those must be peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles, and academically published books. Popular media sources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television and radio shows, etc.) must not be used. Materials from advocacy groups (e.g., Greenpeace, Human Rights Campaign, National Organization for Women, etc.) must not be used.
§ Sites such as ProCon.org and Wikipedia must not be used.
§ Religious texts must not be used.
o The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for an assignment. The Integrating Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial will offer further assistance with including supporting information and reasoning.
o Must document in APA style any information used from sources, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).
o Must have no more than 15% quoted material in the body of your essay based on the Turnitin report. References list will be excluded from the Turnitin originality score.
o Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
Good Critical Thinking Tips:
· Your paper should include academic sources that explain multiple sides of the issue.
· Your interpretations of the evidence should be objective and state the conclusions and theses presented in the evidence clearly and fairly.
· Your paper should place the various forms of evidence in relation to one another and demonstrate why one form or perspective is stronger than the other positions that one could take on the issue.
· Your paper should point out the limitations of current evidence and attempt to indicate areas for future research.
o Before you submit your written assignment, you are encouraged to review the The Grammarly Guide: How to Set Up & Use Grammarly (Links to an external site.) tutorial, set up a Grammarly account (if you have not already done so), and use Grammarly to review a rough draft of your assignment. Then carefully review all issues identified by Grammarly and revise your work as needed.
BELOW ARE SOME DISCUSSIONS THAT WILL HELP WITH MY PAPER:
Changes in climatic conditions have been a topic of discussion for decades in the past and its effects are only becoming direr in recent times. Climate change is a global issue that equally affects everyone in equal measures regardless of one’s location around the globe. Research on climate changes and ways to reverse the effects of climatic changes is one of the commonly talked about, researched and heavily funded issues affecting planet earth (Gross, 2018).
In the course of the study, it is important to widely research the topic. Research on climatic changes has been going on previously and still in recent times. It, therefore, calls for keen scrutiny to identify legitimate and scholarly articles that could be used in this discussion. One can check the authors and publishing firm for the article. One can check the date published to identify if it is viable to be used as a reference. If the source is a website to check if it legitimate. Information from Wikipedia can hence not be trusted. Articles used in the research need to be cited to support the information mentioned. This indicates the legitimacy of information recorded in the paper (Schuhmann, 2016).
With the world currently depending on industrialization, pollution is a great menace in the environment as it has caused climate change. Commissions have been formed to investigate how the effects of climatic changes can be reversed. Scientists have hence indicated that due to global warming, mountain tops are melting down and islands could be soon underwater. Scientists have hence named climatic changes as the greatest challenges in recent times. The effects of climatic changes are overwhelming as temperatures rise beyond limits that have not been previously experienced (Gross, 2018).
Gross, L. (2018). Confronting climate change in the age of denial. PLOS BIOLOGY. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000033 (Links to an external site.)
Schuhmann, R. H. (2016). Rock Ethics Institute International Conference on Integrating Development and Climate Change Ethics, At Penn State University. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/266146495_Legitimacy_and_Climate_Change_A_Challenge_to_US_Culture
Climate change was previously viewed as an issue that would affect the distant future but now it is in the present. For the greater part of the 21st century, oceanic and atmospheric temperatures have been on the rise with partners in precipitation constantly changing. Oceans have become acidic and to make matters more serious, intensity and frequency of weather vents are as well on the rise. Data on a global scale indicate that 2016 was the warmest years and for three consecutive years, the global average for surface temperatures was still increasing. This should cause panic and interventions should be sought after to reverse the effects of climatic changes (Grossman, 2018).
The leaders of the world are constantly at loggerheads to try to determine and agree on what needs to be done in response to changes in climatic conditions. Many economists bare the belief that emissions should be reduced as benefits exceed paying the cost of climate changes hence it needs to be done fast. This strategy has however come under attack as nations feel that they may be disadvantaged as they heavily depend on industries to run their economies. There is still a huge divide as many are not sure whether it is best to reduce emissions or invest in assisting the world to adapt to the effect of climatic changes (Henderson et al., 2018).
It has been attributed by scientists that if emissions are not reduced, the world could be experiencing significantly high heat waves by the next century. Nations in Europe are at risk of coastal flooding due to global warming. Countries currently are facing challenges in nutrition as temperatures do not favor the viability of plant proteins yet there is still no comprehensive legislation on climatic changes (Grossman, 2018).
Grossman, M. R. (2018). Climate Change and the Individual. The American Journal of Comparative Law, 66(1), 345–378. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcl/avy018 (Links to an external site.)
Henderson, R. M., Reinart, S. A., Dekhtyar, P., & Migdal, A. (2018). Climate change in 2018: Implications for Busines (9-317-032). Harvard Business School. https://www.hbs.edu/environment/Documents/climate-change-2018.pdf (Links to an external site.)