For this assignment, you will write a manifesto that takes a clear stand on Wilderness Ethics, outlines a position, and makes bold claims about why wilderness matters— to you. Think of this as a public discourse and use language to appeal to a broad public, readers not necessarily familiar with wilderness debates, who might find your blog on the web.
In your manifesto, you must reference some of the readings we’ve done in class as well as a minimum of five additional sources (ten total) to situate your opinions in the context of other wilderners. Which thinkers do you agree with? With which do you disagree? Why?
While the effectiveness of your argument is more important than its length, you should shoot for around 2500 words. A prospectus, including five sources in an annotated bibliography, is due April 17. A well-developed draft is due April 24, and a draft for instructor review is due on May 1.
Examples of notable manifestos are available at on Wikipedia.
A prospectus outlines the research you are planning to undertake and convinces your audience that the research is worth doing and that you are capable of doing it. Your prospectus should be about 350 words and must be approved before undertaking the major project.
In your prospectus, answer the following questions:
1. What is the wilderness ethics related research problem or question you intend to address?
2. Why did you choose this problem or question? Why is this an interesting question or problem? Why is it problematic? Why is it significant?
3. How far along are you in thinking and research? What do you expect to discover? Are you ready to formulate an ethics statement (a working “answer” to that research question”? If so, what is it? Take a stab. It is ok to be wrong.
4. Attach a working bibliography (MLA format) of sources you have used so far to help you think about this problem or question. Write a short annotation for the material you have already read that summarizes and discusses how the source addresses your research question. Use the guidelines available at Purdue OWL’s website for constructing and formatting your Annotated Bibliography.
- Here, I want you to cite some of the sources we’ve read as a class that speak to your question or problem. You’ll add to these next week with individual secondary (or perhaps primary if you are surveying or observing) sources.