PHL 230: Final Paper Guidelines and Grading Guide
The final project for this course is the creation of a final paper that provides a comparative analysis of the key beliefs of one Eastern religion and one Abrahamic religion regarding existential questions and the afterlife. In the paper, you should provide a description of the key beliefs for the religions you select, an analysis of the ways in which the two religions differ, an analysis of the ways in which the two religions resemble each other, and an evaluation of how well you believe the two religions address the issues at hand.
The final paper must demonstrate a firm understanding of key beliefs about existential issues and the afterlife for the religions you select. Papers will be graded based on your understanding of the key beliefs for the religions you choose, the thoroughness of your comparative analysis, originality, use of relevant research, critical analysis, clarity, and organization.
Your final paper must be 6–8 typed pages in length, double-spaced, size 12 Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins. References should be attached as a separate page at the end. For this paper, 6–8 references are required.
The project is divided into four milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Three, Five, and Seven.
Milestone One: Concept Paper
In Module Two, you will submit the Concept Paper. This should be in paragraph form and provide an overview of the topic and explanation of the choice. This milestone is submitted for instructor approval. You will be awarded full points/no points for the submission.
Select one Eastern religion and one Abrahamic religion and begin researching the ways in which those two religions address existential questions and the afterlife. Write a one-page sketch of the ways in which your selected religions address these issues. Provide some preliminary evaluation of the ways in which the religions address the issues at hand. Milestone Two: Outline With Annotated Bibliography
In Module Three, you will submit an Outline and Annotated Bibliography. The format should be a Word document. This is graded separately using the Outline and Annotated Bibliography Rubric. The instructor will provide feedback.
By this time, you should have done a fair amount of research and read several resources. Write an outline of your paper that includes the headings and an overview of the major areas of discussion/content. An outline would look something like this:
II. Existential questions and religion
1. Existence and Hinduism
2. Existence and Christianity
Include (on a separate page) an annotated bibliography with your list of sources.
A typical example might look like this (normally double-spaced):
King, Winston L. “The Existential Nature of Buddhist Ultimates.” Philosophy of East and West 33.3 (1983): 263–271. Print.
In this paper, the author evaluates the way in which the Buddhist treatment of existential questions has evolved over time. Buddha spent little time positing answers to metaphysical quandaries, but more contemporary Buddhist practitioners have ventured to develop responses to questions about what exists and why. The author considers whether modern Buddhism has altogether abandoned its classic roots, concluding it has not. He then evaluates the role emptiness plays in Buddhist ontology.
For more information about annotated bibliographies, review the information at the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina.
Milestone Three: Rough Draft
In Module Five, you will submit a rough draft. Consider the suggestions made on your previous assignments and any other research you have done. Write the first draft of your entire paper including the annotated bibliography. This...
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