PHIL/PHIX 1037 Personal Argument/Reflective Writing Task
Pick ONE of the following debates:
Inform yourself about ONE of these topics and build an argument supporting a relevant position about that debate. You will write a short introductory reflective piece stating your evidence and reasons. You will then build and standardise the argument that is presented in the introduction. You will make a poster reflecting part of the standardised argument. Lastly, you will list your sources and references.
On the iLearn site, where you downloaded these assessment instructions, you will find a PDF file titled “Reflective Writing Exercise Topic Information” that provides a small amount of information and further links to each of these topics to get you started. It is important that you familiarise yourself with your chosen topic. You should seek out other information for yourself. The point here is that exploring information here helps you to form your argument. A more interesting, clear, well-developed argument will get a better mark.
Please read all of the following steps carefully before beginning the task. Steps one and two are preparatory and so you do not need to write anything down. Only steps three, four, five, and six involve writing/creating. Step seven is about submission. Step eight is transitional for the next related assessment (peer review).
Additionally, a rubric for this task is available as a separate document. It would be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the rubric so that you know what you will be assessed on.
Pick ONE of the following debates and inform yourself about it:
Some resources are provided on the ilearn, but you will need to examine and research some other materials for yourself. You need to use at least three sources to construct your argument (see criterion 10 of the rubric). To be clear, you do not need to write anything down at this stage.
Step-Two (Plan Your Argument):
Work out which topic you are going to focus on, and what claim you will be defending regarding your argument. Make sure you can think of three reasons that could be given in support of the conclusion you are going to defend. You should be aiming to make your argument as persuasive as possible (what makes the most convincing argument?).
You should have at least three main reasons.
Step-Three (Write Your Argument):
Write a short introductory reflection of 200-300 words, answering the following questions:
Please note, there is not a 10% discrepancy on the word count here. 300 words is a hard maximum. If you write more than this you will be penalised (see criterion 10 in the rubric)
Step-Four (Standardised Your Argument):
Articulate the standardised version of the argument you have devised in Step Two and stated briefly in Step-Three. There is no word limit for this section, but it should include the following:
[Hint: make sure you consider the therefore test; try reading the standardisation out loud to make sure it works properly]
Step-Five (Design And Create A Poster Representing Your Argument):
Create a poster that reflects at least one of the main reasons in the standardised argument. The poster should be a visual argument that puts forward the same claim in favour of your chosen topic and position. You are free here to make the visual argument however you want. But you must not use more than fifteen words of written text. Words in newspaper headings and signs, etc. will count as part of this.
Resources for how to make posters can be found online, such as the free online software Canva, which was used to make the poster in the example submission. But you are of course free to use whatever programs you wish in designing your own poster. Please note, we are not assessing you on your artistic skills, but rather on your understanding of the notion of what makes a powerful and persuasive visual argument (see the rubric for more details on how you are being assessed here).
Make sure consider the following:
PHIL1037 S2 2020
Personal Reflection – 5G is Harmful
In the telecommunication industry, the concept of 5G is considered the fifth generation technology standard for cellular networks. However, while the fourth generation that is 4G technology, is serving almost every other cellphone association, 5G is expected to gain a hold of 1.7 billion users by the end of 2025. In this reflexive index, I will present a thesis based on how 5G is harmful to humanity and what all are the things that ignite the conspiracy theory in this regard. While the scientific consensus states that 5G technology is safe, below are the three main reasons that I will be echoing to claim an argument against the myth –
C: While high-speed internet is the requirement of the hour, 5G can potentially show up as harmful for humanity.
1.1 The frequency modulation has always been a part of the study for the end of various species.
1.2 With the advancement in the technology era, high-range wavelengths and the associated aspects might end up reflecting as a harmful resource for everyone alive.
[Sub-premises 1.1 and 1.2 are linked]
2. 5G technology is a direct energy weapon –
2.1 With the rapid advancement in this fast-growing world, scientific shreds of evidence are being manipulated that might process never-ending destruction for human beings.
2.2 In this regard, while this is quite evident that 5G is harmful, researchers still believe that 5G is a must and does not affect anyone.
[Sub-premises 2.1 and 2.2 are linked]
3. Radiofrequency radiation emits higher energy –
3.1 The Chinese government is found to be planning to install 50,000 5G stations by the end of 2021 that potentially influences other nations to process the same. However, installing such technology is no less than deploying nuclear weapons underneath.
3.2 Nichollas, Rusell, and Selvaratnam have stated in their blog that if this remains the process and mindset for acknowledging fast internet across the world, it would be easier for anyone to shut down an entire nation without conflict.
[Sub-premises 3.1 and 3.2 are linked]
[Premises 1, 2, and 3 are linked]