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MODR 1760 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Political Correctness, Reverse Discrimination, Logical Form


Department
Modes Of Reasoning
Course Code
MODR 1760
Professor
Cael D.Zorn
Lecture
6

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MODR1760C SU17
REASONING ABOUT MORALITY AND VALUES
PRACTICE 1 - MODULE 1 EXAM
Course Director: Dr. Cael Cohen
INSTRUCTIONS:
This exam will be “open book” which means you are permitted to use any
materials you wish to bring in to the exam room: handouts, student notes, and
outlines. You are also allowed to use laptops and electronic devices however,
you are NOT permitted to go on the internet or online or communicate with
anyone during the exam either verbally or via electronic device; example,
Facebook, Twitter, or messaging. No collaboration is permitted during the exam.
PART 1
IDENTIFYING TOPICS, ISSUES AND POSITIONS
Total 5 marks
Read the following dialogue. State the topic of the dialogue. State Alex’s and
Peter’s positions, according to the model taught in class. Formulate the issue
according to the method taught in class and ensure that your statement of the
issue meets the criteria for a well-formed issue.
Alex: I am in favour of affirmative action. Such policies and practices reverse the
negative effects caused by years of discrimination and make sure minorities are
represented at schools and in the workforce.
Peter: You could not be more wrong. I am against affirmative action. Reverse
discrimination shouldn't be used to fix past discrimination. People should be
chosen based on merit and not by race or gender. Minorities and women from
lower classes aren't helped by affirmative action, only those individuals from
privileged backgrounds
Alex: You need to consider the fact that affirmative action creates an equal
opportunity for everyone by helping those individuals with a disadvantage.
Discrimination continues to deny opportunities to minorities and women to this
day. Diversity creates a better learning and work environment
Peter: Diversity of opinion isn't created by diversity of race or gender.
Affirmative action devalues the hard work of many minorities and women, in
addition to increasing racial tension.
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Topic = Affirmative Action
Alex’s Position = I am in favour of affirmative action.
Peter’s Position = I am against affirmative action.
Issue = Should affirmative action be used or practiced?
PART 2
NEUTRALIZING PREJUDICIAL AND EMOTIVE LANUAGE
Total 5 marks
Neutralize the prejudicial and emotive language in the following passage. (1)
list the prejudicial and emotive words or phrases; and (2) rewrite the passage
without the emotional and prejudicial terms in a neutral form.
Un-indoctrinated intellectuals need to rescue university campuses from the
poisonous and noxious effects of political correctness. The Maoist-style
manipulation and kangaroo courts on American campuses is what political
correctness is all about. Americans have had it with the shopworn PC labels of
“bigot” or “hater” that the media machine readily bestows upon skeptics of the
big government agendas it invariably pushes.
(1)
Un-indoctrinated intellectuals
Rescue
Poisonous and noxious effects
Maoist-style manipulation
Kangaroo courts
Shopworn PC labels
Media machine
Readily bestows
Skeptics of the big government agenda
Invariably pushes
(2)
People who do not believe in political correctness need to remove it from
university campuses. Political correctness manipulates and unfairly judges on
American campuses. Americans have had enough of the media promoting
political correctness.
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