Deliberative Course Project
In the final course project, you and your group will continue to deliberate about your chosen issue and you will develop and argue for the position you believe is the most reasonable given what you have learned. Your project should discuss and analyze all the reasonable perspectives on the issue and should include ideas from at least eight outside sources. In doing this, you should attempt to offer new ways to resolve some of the differences and conflicts of the perspectives that you discovered in doing your research for the previous assignment. Remember that deliberative writing is not about debating a pro-con argument, but instead is a careful consideration of multiple perspectives and the beliefs that motivate them. This means that you will need to examine and discuss all perspectives so that you can express a strong belief or stake in your position and offer adequate, convincing support for your readers. Equally important, your project should convey an understanding of the beneficial effects of your position for the diverse people involved in the issue and for the community as a whole.
One useful way to think about this course project is as a conversation with your audience. As in a conversation, you want to present your perspectives concerning this issue to your audience in ways that will be clear, interesting, and persuasive. You want to provide enough information so that others understand the context of the issue, without bogging them down with simplistic, repetitive, or otherwise unnecessary details.
should you consider as your audience?
to consider as you prepare to write your final course
Note: These questions are meant to help you develop material for your project, and should not be used as an outline for writing the project. Remember too that the purpose of working in collaborative groups is to use each other to generate ideas and solutions to problems, and to learn to rely on the strengths of others as resources to accomplish collective goals.