Presentation Assignment Sheet
Due Date: Presentations will be made in class on October 10.
Purpose: To provide you with an opportunity to apply ethical reasoning skills in examining the
virtues and vices of characters from the TV series Firefly. To assess your public communication
skills in American Sign Language.
Instructions: Prepare a 5-7 minute presentation that examines a particular assigned virtue or
vice as it appears in the TV series Firefly. We will have a lottery in class on September 26 to
determine who takes what virtue or vice and the order of presentations.
Your analysis should include three components of analysis:
1. Identify and define the virtue or vice being displayed by characters in the show. You can use
a dictionary source for your definition or develop your own.
2. Discuss why the trait on display is a virtue or a vice. Use some of the virtue ethics tools and
approaches the philosophers in Battaly’s book have developed.
3. Defend your discussion by citing examples from the show that exhibit this trait as a virtue or
Your presentation should include at least five examples of your assigned virtue or vice from the
TV series Firefly as displayed by no less than three different characters. For example, if you are
presenting on the vice of cruelty, you need to find at least five times when someone is being
cruel and at least three different people showing cruelty.
Having a wide variety of examples and characters will allow you to present a sophisticated and
multifaceted definition and discussion of your assigned virtue or vice.
You can use techniques such as listing, thesaurus searching, word-webs, etc. that we have used
in class to both explore the nuances of a particular virtue or vice. Also, consider what might be
the extremes or middle balance of your assigned virtue or vice as Aristotle suggests for
identifying virtues and vices.
Also, incorporate at least one reference from what we read from Battaly’s book, Virtue that
furthers your argument of why this is a virtue or vice.
This presentation should be accompanied by visuals in PowerPoint, Prezi, or whatever program
Include a properly formatted Works Cited slide at the end and proper in line" notations such as
(Battaly, 42) or (“Ariel”, Firefly) were using direct quotes or referencing in paraphrase or
summary of events.