Option A: Write a 1500-word paper taking Socrates’s critique of Cephalus’s, Polemarchus’s, and/or Thrasymachus’s definitions of justice, and/or Socrates’s own definition of justice in the Republic, and applying it/them to the notion(s) of justice assumed in some contemporary cultural debate (abortion, universal health care, gay-marriage, immigration, etc.). Roughly half of the paper should be on Plato’s Republic and half on the contemporary issue of your choice.
Option B: Write a 1500-word op-ed-style piece on the theme of “Socrates’s Brave New World.” The paper is to relate some feature of the centralized planning of Socrates’s ideal city in the Republic to some contemporary issue of social engineering (e.g., government education/propaganda, socialism/communism, eugenics, birth control, etc.). The paper is to have two main parts: a first half providing a carefully researched (2-3 scholarly secondary sources) exposition of a relevant passage or passages from Plato’s Republic, followed by a second half providing a carefully researched presentation of the chosen contemporary issue. The two parts should be preceded by an introductory paragraph setting up the paper and “motivating” the comparison, followed by a concluding paragraph making some comment on the significance of the comparison.
Your target audience is an intellectual but general audience.