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MODR 1760 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Affirmative Action, Political Correctness, Pseudoscience


Department
Modes Of Reasoning
Course Code
MODR 1760
Professor
Cael D.Zorn
Lecture
3

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MODR1760C SU17
REASONING ABOUT MORALITY AND VALUES
PRACTICE 2 - 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 Adelaide’s
and Janine’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.
Adelaide: Political correctness needs to be stopped. It is a sign of the
degeneration of quality public argument.
Janine: You could not be more mistaken in your view. It does not need to be
stopped. Political correctness should be encouraged to protect marginalized
people from hate speech, and to build democratically inhabitable communities.
Adelaide: Political correctness violates the right to free speech. Furthermore, by
demonizing dissenting views, it does not allow for a democratic process of
disagreement.
Topic = Political correctness
Adelaide’s position = Political correctness needs to be stopped.
Janine’s position = Political correctness should not be stopped.
Issue = Should political correctness be stopped?
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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.
Climate change is a monumental hoax. Supporters of the church of climatology
have made a number of profit-driven, pseudo-scientific statements provably
wrong about climate change with all its power hungry, data manipulation in
support of this monumental swindle. The powers that be want you to buy this
politically motivated bluff about climate change because it’s part of their hidden
agenda for political domination.
(1) Loaded Terms:
a. Monumental hoax
b. Church of climatology
c. Profit-driven statements
d. Pseudo-scientific statements
e. Power hungry data manipulations
f. Monumental swindle
g. Powers that be
h. Politically motivated bluff
i. Hidden agenda for political domination
(2) Rewrite:
Climate change is false. Supporters of climate change are drawing on
or believe in unproven, wrong data in order to benefit.
PART 3
PUTTING ARGUMENTS INTO STANDARD ARGUMENT FORM
Total 10 marks
Put the following arguments into standard argument form. List all premises
separately. Include only stated premises and stated conclusions. You are not
required to supply unstated premises or conclusions. Complete all 5 questions
below, worth 2 marks each for a total of 10 marks.
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