Dealing with Complexity

Dealing with Complexity

Assessment Instructions


As the producer and correspondent of a television or radio news magazine (like 60 Minutes, VICE News, or All Things Considered), you have been assigned to deliver an informative 12-minute segment on one of the contemporary issues you and your classmates have been discussing during the past three weeks. Corporate policy requires that you consider insights from two or more academic disciplines for example: nursing and social work, or philosophical ethics, psychology, and biology. (Note: These are only examples; you are free to choose your own disciplines!) It also requires that you interview credible representatives of at least two distinct positions on the issue. You need not remain neutral on the issue; in fact, you are expected to state and defend your own position with clear reasoning in your own words.

You will choose which of the complex social issues to present here. The intended audience for your segment is an intelligent but perhaps uninformed public, so this is your opportunity to engage them in an issue that matters to you.

The final script for your production should, of course, include APA-style citations and references. You will submit a copy of this script to Turnitin in the usual manner.

You may submit the assessment itself in either of two formats:

Option One: Produce the video segment. You should appear as the correspondent, but you may enlist family and friends to play other parts. You might even take on distinct roles yourself, in a video “selfie” where you consider the alternatives accurately. Kaltura and Adobe Connect are available in the courseroom, but may use any device or software of your choice, so long as you are able to submit the work to your instructor for assessment.
Option Two: Produce the audio segment as you would for broadcast as a radio program or as a podcast. Once again, you will be the correspondent, but you are welcome to invite others to participate or record yourself in different roles. As with the video option, you may record the audio in any way that suits you, making sure to submit the audio file or a link to it as the submission for assessment.
Include the following concepts in this assessment:

Explain the selected issue you selected, with reference to practical instances.
Describe relevant contributions to the issue from at least two different academic disciplines.
Explain at least two distinct positions on the issue, considering each fairly.
Defend your own position on the issue clearly.
Submit this assessment to your ePortfolio.

Your instructor may provide video feedback on your work, as well as completing the official scoring guide for the assessment.

Communication: Create a video or audio presentation that reports on a contemporary social issue from multiple perspectives.
Media presentation: Ensure your video or audio recording is a minimum of 12 minutes in length, with notes or a transcript to ensure accessibility to everyone. Upload the presentation.
Resources: Use your judgment to ensure your topic is thoroughly researched. There is no minimum number of resources required, however.
APA guidelines: Format resources and citations according to current APA style guidelines. When appropriate, use APA-formatted headings.
Font and font size: Use a font of appropriate size and weight for presentation, generally 24–28 points for headings and no smaller than 18 points for bullet-point text.
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

Cohen, A. I., & Wellman, C. H. (2014). Contemporary debates in applied ethics (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Hopkins, R. (2013). The power of just doing stuff: How local action can change the world. Cambridge, UK: Green Books.
Gerbaudo, P. (2012). Tweets and the streets: Social media and contemporary activism. London, UK: Pluto Press.
Motilal, S. (Ed.). (2010). Applied ethics and human rights: Conceptual analysis and contextual applications. New York, NY: Anthem Press.
Singer, P. (2016). Famine, affluence, and morality. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Dittmer, J. (n.d.). Applied ethics. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved from
Pages 1–28.
Martin, B., Anderson, G. L. (Ed.), & Herr, K. G. (Ed.) (2007). Activism, social and political. In Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (pp. 19–27). Retrieved from
Social Responsiblity
Skillsoft. (n.d.). Leveraging emotional intelligence [Tutorial].
Broad social issues often depend upon the extent of our empathy for those who are disadvantaged by a policy or practice. Use this Skillsoft tutorial to sharpen your own sense of how to deploy this fellow-feeling.
Skillsoft. (n.d.). Workplace management: Corporate social responsibility [Tutorial].
Social responsibility, one of the Essential Undergraduate Learning Outcomes, can be observed at an organizational level as well as a personal one. This Skillsoft tutorial draws attention to this possibility.
Skillsoft. (n.d.). Establishing self-confidence for life [Tutorial].
Taking action in support of our ethical convictions is not easy, but this Skillsoft tutorial has some valuable guidance for approaching the task confidently.
Riverbend City: Conflict Management.
Use this activity to get a better understanding of the complexity of a significant local social issue and help you to think constructively about the issue you have chosen to address.
NBC Learn. (n.d.). Black men in Ferguson say lives marked by fear and perception [Video].
?In this video, you will see an example of community reaction to an ethical issue.
Running time: 03:44.
NBC Learn. (n.d.). Investigation finds some public charter schools exclude minorities [Video].
In this video, you will see an example of a significant social issue.
Running time: 04:16.
NBC Learn. (n.d.). Amal Clooney takes ISIS to trial over human trafficking, genocide [Video].
In this video, you will see an example of taking effective action on a social issue.
Running time: 04:36.