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Chapter I - Introduction - see Ethics Case Assignments for all due dates
Chapter II - Issues - see Ethics Case Assignments for all due dates
Chapter III - Options - see Ethics Case Assignments for all due dates
MSWord ONLY file via email - Last day of class - before you class meeting (see Ethics Case Assignments )
Final Paper File Name Format - Jone-A-ethics-Spring2012.docx ( last name-SET section-ethics-current semester.docx )
Readings & Study Information:
Prepare your paper according to the guidelines below.
If you have any questions, get back to me for
Objective of this assignment:
This assignment has been designed to provide the
Objective of this assignment:
The option you ultimately choose as being the
"BEST" should be the one supported by the evidence you have
considered using ethical principles as covered in the
Theories book by C. E. Harris
(3rd Edition). It is suggested that the information contained in
this book be used for this assignment although similar concepts from other
sources may also be consulted and used. It is most important that your
decision be made primarily on the basis of the rationale developed in your
paper and not previously held personal beliefs.
The following information MUST
be carefully reviewed and used
"Applying Moral Theories"
C. E. Harris, 3rd
Edition, Wadsworth Publishing, 1997
when completing this assignment.
A number of copies of this book are on 2 hour reserve in the library under my name if you cannot obtain a copy elsewhere. You may also borrow a copy directly from me to use for a few days. The readings below will provide the background information necessary to complete this assignment.
The following information MUST be carefully reviewed and used
"Applying Moral Theories" C. E. Harris, 3rd Edition, Wadsworth Publishing, 1997
Chapter Title Pages
1. Concept in Ethical
11 - 12
2. The Ethics of Egoism 74 - 80
3. The Ethics of Natural Law 97 - 108
4. The Ethics of Utilitarianism 126 - 139
5. The Ethics of Respect for Persons 156 - 172
6. Applying the Four Moral Theories 191 to 194r
You may also include HYPERLINKS to web materials in your paper.
It is CRITICAL that the ethical theory appropriate to the "reflective" and "philosophical" levels of moral response be used in weighing the various options PRIOR to selecting the "BEST" solution.
The paper should cover the topic sufficiently so that a person with no prior knowledge can understand it. Be concise and clear in your writing. Approximate length should be 5 to 7 pages, EXCLUDING the title page, TOC, bibliography, etc.
Grading: The paper will be graded on the following criteria:This assignment counts for 20 % of your final course grade
- Organization and writing
- Alternative solutions and possible impacts
- Ethical decision making process
- Incorporation of "Ethical Theories."
Organization of Paper -
Title Page - containing all normal information: Title, name, date, course, class section, semester, and date submitted
Table of Contents: include page numbers of all sections listed in TOC
Chapter I. Introduction - A brief overview of the case in your own words sufficient for a person with no background in this subject to understand what you will be covering in this paper and why it is an important issue today.
Chapter II. Issues - details about the case including:A. Facts - what are the relevant facts involved in this case and how important are they? If you feel any essential facts are missing, develop reasonable ones, noting that in the paper. You must include at least 2 references to related and important current events which occurred within the last 6 months and were reported in the news. Any standard citation format may be used where appropriate. Information about citations can be found at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/ as well as other URLs.Chapter III. Options - Identify and describe at least THREE VIABLE, alternative solutions or policies which would resolve this dilemma.
B. Stakeholders - what groups/individuals will be affected by the decision ultimately made and why? Is there a way or ways in which the impact might be mitigated? List in order of importance with the most important group listed first.
C. Moral/ethical issues - what are the moral/ethical issues involved in this case based on the four categories and subcategories DISCUSSED IN THE AMT TEXT. You need only discuss the relevant moral/ethical issues from the AMT text, not each one!
A. Explain the options in sufficient detail to help the reader understand what is being proposed and
how each option is likely to impact the stakeholders.
DO NOT IDENTIFY OR PICK THE "BEST" OPTION at this point! That doesn't happen until chapter VI.
C. A viable option is not something which MIGHT WORK at some future time or one which
individuals HOPE will solve the problem sometime.
D. A viable option is something which can be implemented, given our form of government and other
factors such as economic considerations.
E. The resources to follow through on the option must be available. "Studying" or "investigating" some are NOT viable options.
Chapter IV. Ethical Arguments and Evaluation - determine which of the four moral standards apply to each option, considering various ethical issues discussed during seminars as well as the AMT text. The ethical arguments MUST be based on either "PRE-REFLECTIVE" or "REFLECTIVE" levels of moral responses as reviewed in class, NOT THE "EXPRESSIVE" level.
( When analyzing your ethical case, it is especially important to keep in mind the six items covered in the AMT text, pages 192 to 194 of the 3rd edition and pages 199 to 202 of the 4th edition.)
It is recommended that you develop and use a scale such as 3 = very important, 2 = important, 1 = little importance, to rate each argument in number IV above. This type of rating system does not have to be used but you must decide which arguments are the most relevant in deciding which solution is the "best" and most appropriate one to choose!
Including a table to show how you reached your final decision is usually very helpful to the reader in understanding your thought process.
The decision-making process does not become objective just because numbers are assigned to each argument however it will make it easier to demonstrate to the reader the relative importance you assigned to each argument.Chapter V. MAKE THE DECISION - based on the importance assigned to each argument, select the "BEST" one in terms of its relative importance and explain why you feel the option chosen was the appropriate one. In what ways will the various stakeholders be impacted either positively or negatively by your decision and why do you feel your decision is justifiable?
Naturally, why the particular values were assigned to each argument must be carefully and thoroughly explained. Numbers alone are not sufficient.
References - You must consult and incorporate information from at least six (6) current references, half from the web, related to your assigned case. List references used in bibliography and include footnotes/citations where appropriate using any standard style.
More information on this subject can be found athttp://www.tcnj.edu/~writing/students/citing/plagiarism.html
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