Privacy and the public’s right to know
Privacy and the public’s right to know. How much, if anything, is the public entitled to know about the personal lives of elected representatives? How much do voters need to know? How much privacy should an individual be expected to give up when he/she enters political life? Where would you draw the line between the politician’s right to privacy and the public’s right to know?
Research and Writing Guidelines
You will need to consult varied sources – books, academic journals, newspapers, magazines, government reports, films, documentaries, and websites. Wikipedia may be useful for reference, but it is not acceptable as a research source.
A definite structure to your paper is expected. As a general approach you should:
Introduce your topic by identifying the core issue of political ethics you are addressing, and clearly stating the thesis. (You will be marked on how well you then develop this thesis consistently throughout the paper.)
Clarify and describe the context in which any political ethics issues you are examining arise. Always define major terms and concepts of political ethics which you introduce.
To improve structure in your paper, explain in the early part how it is organized and maintain that plan as you proceed.
Consider political, social, cultural or economic pressures created by the core ethical issue(s), and above all, make sure the content of your paper is relevant to the argument of your thesis.
Clearly present a summary of your argument in a conclusion to your paper.
Marks are given for writing style, technical correctness and your sources, research and effort.
Some topics are more suited than others to the foregoing approach, but all papers require a thesis statement and coherent organization. This guide, adapted as appropriate, indicates the degree of rigour expected in your paper, and the standard of excellence to which papers will be marked.