Class, your Final Paper is due at the end of Week Six. The purpose of the Final Paper is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course. Please keep in mind it is worth 20% of your final overall grade. I’ve provided the instructions below. These instructions may also be found on the Course Homepage. As you are completing your paper, please utilize the Ashford University Writing Center for help with research, grammatical concerns, and APA formatting issues.
Focus of the Final Paper
Prepare an 11 – 15 page (excluding title page and reference page) that analyzes a legal/ethical issue or situation relating to a current, previous, or potential future work environment. Use at least 10 scholarly sources suitable for research in a graduate level course.
Your paper must include the following:
- A description of a business situation that presents a legal and ethical issue. The business situation must be a situation from prior, current, or anticipated future employment experiences, or a current event. The description of the business situation must not exceed two pages
2. Analysis of the ethical concerns raised by the situation.
- Apply at least two different ethical theories to the situation to support at least two supportable different outcomes.
b. The paper must identify which ethical outlook as applied to this particular situation will result in the best legal outcome for the business.
- Application of the relevant area(s) of law that has (have) been addressed in this course to the situation (e.g., constitutional law, contracts, anti-trust law, securities regulations, employment law, environmental law, crimes, or torts) and a discussion of the applicable law as it applies to the situation identified.
- The application of law must be accurate and thorough.
b. The discussion of the different applicable law suggested by the situation being examined must reflect a thorough understanding of the relevant legal analysis.
- A recommendation to reduce liability exposure and improve the ethical climate or the overall ethics of the situation.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
1. Must be 11 to 15 double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
2. Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
b. Student’s name
c. Course name and number
d. Instructor’s name
e. Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement which identifies the focus of the paper.
4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
6. Must use at least ten scholarly sources.
7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Quotes of the Week
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
–Sir John Lubbock (1834‑1913), English writer, banker, statesman, and naturalist.
Where Do We Go From Here?
This week we will focus our readings and discussions on Environmental Law.
For our first discussion, please read “The Six Sins of Greenwashing”: A Study of Environmental Claims in North American Markets. Our discussion will highlight the tension between business’s interests in maximizing profits and the public’s interest in receiving complete, truthful, and non-misleading information about products that they purchase. We will consider the dangers of “greenwashing” and explore if as marketing executives, we would have a policy against “greenwashing”.
For our second discussion, we will focus on environmental status. We will Identify one environmental law that is relevant to our past, current, or future employer. We will then apply that law to a business situation created by that employer. How does (or did) that employer maintain compliance with that statute? We will debate whether environmental regulations help or hinder business.
We also have our final writing assignment this week. The instructions were provided above. Be sure to review the grading rubric that I will use to grade your assignment!
Reminder: Please keep in mind that no late assignments are accepted more than 72 hours after Day 7 of Week Six. Be sure by the end of Day 7 you have properly submitted your assignment before you close down your computer and move onto your next learning experience.
As we begin to discuss environmental law, I encourage you to begin to brainstorm what environmental legislation is in place in your community!