Paper Topic 1 (FYS 102.X31) 
   by Jennifer Zimmerman                               

  • Assigned:  Thursday, January 16, 2003
  • Draft Paper Due:  3:05pm, Thursday, January 30, 2003
  • Final Paper Due:  3:05pm, Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Drafts will be accepted prior to January 30 and I will attempt to return them by class time on Thursday, January 30. All marked drafts may be picked up in my office on Friday, January 31, at 5:00pm. The paper should be 3-4 pages long in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and MLA format citations. NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

Topic A:  Explore how the term “children” has been used in each of the three readings assigned so far this semester (the excerpt from The Brothers Karamazov, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," and There are No Children Here). In your opinion, is there a moral class called “children” that stands apart from all other moral agents? If there is such a class, how do we identify these “children” and what obligations do other moral agents hold toward them? Discuss how the viewpoints presented in the three readings inform your opinion. (You might need to describe your operating definition of a “moral agent” within your paper.)

Topic B:  Describe your understanding of how “children” should be treated by society (and by whatever power you identify as the ultimate moral authority). Of the three readings assigned so far this semester, identify which author most effectively calls the reader toward an understanding which resonates with your own, and describe how the author achieves this (e.g. literary technique, philosophical grounding, research).  Critique the strengths and weaknesses of all three readings with regard to how each may or may not successfully convey a message consonant with your own.