DEBATE: Is “global citizenship” the best way forward in the 21st century? Take a stand. Write a 800-900 word essay for or against “Global Citizenship” Use one global problem throughout your paper to make your case, e.g. population, war, climate change, poverty, pandemic etc. Draw support for your grasp of the problem from at least one film assigned in the course. Define “global citizenship” by a substantive value or values using one or more of the following: Kant’s “Perpetual Peace” UN Declaration of Human Rights Earth Charter / Singer / Leopold “Sustainable Development” MacGregor’s Procedural Definition Note: the values by which you define G.C. should provide the basis for helping to solve the problem you have designated (in 1 above). 3. Briefly distinguish for & against positions according the values in conflict. 4. State your position/thesis/conclusion. (Last sentence of intro paragraph) 5. Make at least one argument for your position drawing support from at least one of the arguments in the course readings. 6. Present and respond to your opposition’s best argument drawing support from at least one of the arguments in the course readings. EXAMPLES of definitions for the paper: ROBUST: “For the purposes of this paper, “global citizenship” means standing as one for the values of respect and caring for life on earth, including ecological integrity, justice, democracy and peace.” MINIMAL: “I will argue against “global citizenship” defined in the interests of global capitalism as “sustainable development.” NOTES: Be sure you read & understand the VALUES intro to this unit, pp. 385 – 387. “Global citizenship” is an essentially contested concept. Part of the challenge of the essay is for you to make it clear what definition you are supporting. Please use only the readings for this course to define the concept. Making your case based on solving a global problem does not mean you should ignore the local implications or personal experience. The persuasiveness of your case depends on bringing the global home. This is not a paper about the efficacy of ethics, i.e. whether ethics can or cannot solve our problems. Rather it is about which values you stand for, i.e. your ethics. Hence, you would be missing the point if you argued that ethics cannot save us.GlobalCitizenshipVALUES LeopoldSinger
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