The Signature Assignment for this course combines all the concepts you have explored in this term. In this assignment, you will choose one of the TED Talks below and form a response based on the provided guidance. As you respond to the questions, you will be expected to connect the concepts covered in this course to the information in your chosen video.
Please choose ONE of the following TED Talks to respond to.
TED. (2015, December 8). The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars / Patrick Lin [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixIoDYVfKA0Links to an external site.
TED. (2015, May 26). Cultivating collaboration: Don’t be so defensive! / Jim Tamm [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjSTNv4gyMMLinks to an external site.
TED. (2020, July 28). Ethical dilemma: The burger murders / George Siedel and Christine Ladwig [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8O131s31RgLinks to an external site.
TED. (2016, January 25). What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness / Robert Waldinger [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KkKuTCFvzILinks to an external site..
For each number below, complete a thoughtful and thorough paragraph long enough to demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter of the class.
The Argument and Syllogism: Complete a thoughtful and thorough paragraph long enough to demonstrate your understanding of the course concepts indicated.
Summarize the overall argument of the video in your own words. Be sure to include details and the main points the speaker used to make the argument.
Identify the three parts of the syllogism the speaker uses to make the overall argument:
Testing the Syllogism: Complete a thoughtful and thorough paragraph long enough to demonstrate your understanding of the course concepts indicated.
Based upon the syllogism (your answer to Part 1. B), does this argument demonstrate inductive or deductive reasoning? Provide support for your choice. Be sure to only choose deductive OR inductive; you cannot choose both or neither.
If the argument is deductive, test your syllogism (your answers to Part 1. B) in terms of logical validity and soundness. Be sure to not only tell if the syllogism is valid and sound but also show how/how not or why/why not. If the argument is inductive, test your syllogism (your answers from Part 1. B) in terms of being a stronger or weaker inductive argument. Be sure to not only tell if the syllogism is stronger or weaker but also show how or why.
Rhetorical Appeals: Complete a thoughtful and thorough paragraph long enough to demonstrate your understanding of the course concepts indicated.
Identify examples of all three rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) that you noticed in this video and what information from the video has led you to your choices. Be sure to select specific words, phrases, or ideas and explain their connections to each type of appeal. Also, indicate what effect the use of these appeals has on the persuasiveness of the argument.
Rhetorical Devices and Logical Fallacies: Complete a thoughtful and thorough paragraph long enough to demonstrate your understanding of the course concepts indicated.
Identify at least one specific rhetorical device and one specific logical fallacy in the way this topic is presented. Be sure to define the rhetorical device and fallacy and demonstrate how or why the source employs them. Also, discuss whether you think the use of each device and fallacy was deliberate or not and assess the effect that each one has on the argument.
NOTE: Remember, ethos, pathos, and logos are rhetorical appeals, NOT devices, so they are not what is being asked here. This is asking about rhetorical devices.
Moral Reasoning: Complete a thoughtful and thorough paragraph long enough to demonstrate your understanding of the course concepts indicated.
Which specific kind of moral reasoning is demonstrated in your topic? Briefly elaborate on why you chose the one you did. Be sure to define the specific kind of moral reasoning you chose and demonstrate how or why the source employs them. Also, discuss whether the use of this kind of moral reasoning was deliberate and what effect it has on the persuasiveness of the argument.
Reaction and Reflection: Identify the most interesting takeaway that you got from this video. Reflect on how your application of the course concepts affect your understanding and reaction to the video and argument.
When completing this assignment, please keep the following in mind:
First and third person (I, we, her, him, they) are fine for this assignment, but do not use second person (you, your).
This is not a formal essay, but please:
Include a title page, indicating which topic you chose.
Adhere to basic APA formatting, including:
12-point Times New Roman font
1-inch margins throughout
Cite any outside sources that you used to support your ideas in proper APA format with in-text citations and references.
Be sure to review the associated rubric for more guidance on the content that your response is expected to contain.
CRITERIA: Understanding the Arguments Does the student demonstrate the ability to discern the speaker’s 1) issue, 2) target audience, 3) conclusion, 3) main points, and 4) unstated, implied, or assumed perspectives. Does the student accurately and faithfully summarize them in the student’s own words in detail without being too reductive or without oversimplifying the source’s points?
Moore, B., & Parker, R. (2021). Critical Thinking (13th ed.). Mc Graw Hill.
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