The Battle Over Facemasks Policy

Instructions: This paper should be double spaced in 12-point Times New Roman Font with 1-inch margins all the way around (standard MLA). You should include a works cited page. This is a college level class please be sure to use proper spelling, grammar, and sentences structure as well as complete sentences and paragraphs. 

However, the assignment should be in your own words. Do not quote or cut and paste material from the textbook or internet sources.  The goal is simply for you to conduct some analysis in your own voice.  You will be graded on your ability to discuss how culture influences attitudes about facemasks, present an argument for your position and its consequences.

In your paper, divide each section with proper subheadings (EX: Part 1, Part2, etc).

Complete this assignment with an eye towards the US Federal Government and Federalism.


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 Part 1 Communication: In your own words briefly summarize the content of the three different sources you chose from the above articles. Specifically state the purpose conveyed. Be sure to not any issues with these sources (are they credible, are they biased, etc) How do those sources relate to government and the nature of politics today? (This should be in essay form)


Part 2 Critical Thinking: Using the three sources you summarized answer the following questions (you must do all the outcomes). See the writing guidelines at the bottom. Avoid using direct quotes but you must cite any information you paraphrase. You do need to use at least three of the above sources to make your argument.

Outcome 1 Mandating wearing face masks has been a contentious issue at the local, state, and federal levels. List at least two questions that might be asked if the president tried to impose a national mask mandate. What are some of the problems with mandating masks that might come up?
Outcome 2   Give three differing viewpoints on masks being mandated at the federal level. What are some assumptions made by each viewpoint and what are possible consequences to these view points on mask mandates?
Outcome 3 What is the most effective way to engage and address the issue of mandating wearing facemasks at the local, state, federal, or international levels? Be sure to come up with a comprehensive plan for each level.

Part 3 – Ethical Decision-Making Ethical decision-making is the emphasis of the St. Philip’s College Quality Enhancement Plan. At SPC we want to apply moral standards to help us make sound decisions that foster good behavior. Ethical decision-making can be encouraged by using the ethical decision-making process. Using the QEP brief (Links to an external site.) to guide your discussion, explain the ethical dilemma of the mask debate. In your discussion, you should:  

Outline and discuss each step of the ethical decision-making process (4 steps) as it relates to the division over mandating wearing a mask.
Use the VIP approach to analyze the dilemma:  

Values- Discuss 3 personal values that may determine what you think about being mandated to wear a mask. How did you acquire these values from parents, politics, religion, education etc.? See the websites below to help you determine and define values. Use values from these lists!! to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.) to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.) to an external site.)
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Ethical Issues- Identify ethical concerns or issues (at least 3) about mandating wearing a mask in the United States.

Perspectives- Describe multiple viewpoints on being mandated to wear a mask. How do others view the idea? This may include perspectives of politicians, military, local citizens and your own perspective.  

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