Ethics, Professionalism, And Public Policy
Two “PBPL 004 in the News” Briefs (24%). The goal of each of these two assignments is for you to apply what you learn from the course to real
life public issues. These essays entail linking course concepts and ideas to current new stories about policy-related issues. The specific article you
select as well as the focus and application of course concepts is completely up to you. In each essay, briefly describe the issue covered in the
news story (be sure to include the article source with your essay) and elaborate how it relates to (informs or perhaps even challenges) specific
course topics of interest (or vice versa).
I want you to think creatively when writing these assignments. Your commentary must contain critical ideas and/or questions that the story raised
for you with respect to course concepts and readings—not simply highlight a real-life example of a concept.
The paper should be between 500 and 1000 words. Please provide a reference list of the materials you cite—this is NOT included in the word
limit. These assignments will be graded on depth of reflection, articulation of ideas, prose, and adherence to formatting instructions.
FORMAT REQUIREMENTS FOR PAPER ASSIGNMENTS
Type your assignment using Times New Roman 12 point font OR Ariel 10/11 point
Have a header on the upper right of each page containing 6 items:
• your name AND student ID
• course number AND term (PBPL 004 Summer 2019)
• page number AND total pages (e.g., page 1 of 2)
Grading: 20 Points Total
Describe the issue covered in the news story (5 points)
5 points Student has presented the issue(s) in the news story in a clear,
comprehensive, and unambiguous manner. The source is included in the
4 points Student has presented the issue(s) in the news story relatively well, however,
the issues are somewhat unclear and unambiguous. The source is included
in the paper.
3 points News story is well-presented and clear. However, the source is not included.
2 points The news story is unclear and ambiguous, but it includes the source.
1 point The news story is unclear and ambiguous. There is no source.
Describe how it relates to (informs or perhaps even challenges) specific course topics of
interest (or vice versa) (5 points)
5 points Shows evidence of critical thinking re: the news stories and course materials.
Is well thought out and presented.
4 points Shows evidence of critical thinking re: the news stories and course materials,
despite certain ambiguities and areas of unclear thought.
3 points Shows some evidence of critical thinking and engagement with course
material. However, it is contradictory and/or inaccurate in the points
2 points Does not show any depth of thinking regarding how the news story relates to
the course material.
1 point Neither informs nor challenges any area covered in the course.
Formatting & Style Points (10 points)
2 points, for Overall, good grammar & spelling
2 points, for Overall, sentences are clear and unambiguous
1 point, for Overall, an easy and interesting read
1 point, for Double-spaced
1 point, for Times New Roman 12 point font OR Ariel 10 or 11 point
1 point, for Name AND student ID (1/2 point each)
1 point, for Course number AND term (PBPL 004 Fall 2020) (1/2 point each)
1 point, for Page number AND total pages (e.g., page 1 of 2) (1/2 point each)