I am attending a course at a neighboring institute purely out of interest. Neither credits, nor grading of any kind are involved.
As part of the course, we are required to work in pairs (assigned, not chosen) and write an essay on a controversial/contentious topic. My partner and I find ourselves on opposite sides of the debate.
On account of the controversial nature of the topic, its connection with my academic work and my own contributions to the field, I am not comfortable diluting my stand. However, compromise is inevitable in pairs/groups, and I realise the point of this exercise might be to reinforce exactly that.
Nevertheless, I don't wish to sign off on something that I don't believe in 100%. I also don't wish to opt out of the assignment as my partner is being graded on it and it seems unethical to leave him hanging.
So I propose submitting the essay titled: (Title),(Partner name and affiliation), (Anonymous, independent).
Is there any precedent to do this, or is there a strong reason not to? Do I use a pseudonym instead?
Any advice on alternatives or other points of view would be appreciated.