5-page research paper and a 7-9 slide show PowerPoint Presentation of the research paper
The topic must be as specific as possible in terms of a moral issue or moral situation. The context must be very clearly described and wherever possible data regarding the situation should be given. A focus on a particular person, people group, or type of person for which this moral issue or situation is contextualized is essential. This might involve interviewing people who have or might be likely to experience such a situation or issue, or asking them how they would understand or experience such a situation or issue. The paper should move from naming the issue (as a very specific, core moral question) to context (as described above), to engaging the tradition (fundamental moral theology, including Scripture, church teaching, the Catholic intellectual tradition, virtue ethics, or any other related aspects). This is because examining a moral question cannot come out of thin air, but must rather build in some way on a grounding within the tradition and respect for tradition. (Note that “traditio” means what has been handed on.) Analysis of the interplay between context and tradition, together with provisional conclusions or suggestions for further moral reflection and discernment should follow.
The PowerPoint presentation is designed to be a connector to the research paper. Please ensure you identify key points to include in the content of the PowerPoint presentation, so that you communicate your research learned effectively.