Order 1226889: Ethical Case Study


  • Type of paperCase Study
  • SubjectEthics
  • Number of pages5
  • Format of citationChicago/Turabian
  • Number of cited resources6
  • Type of serviceWriting

The Ethical Case Study task is attached at the end of the document. We will also provide students with a list of recommended readings on the subject of ethics. The criteria for the case study include the following (but see the marking guide at the end of the document also): (i) Subject matter:  demonstrated understanding of the topic  quality of discussion  originalcritical thinking (ii) Research:  reliability and academic quality of sources  consistent and accurate referencing  a bibliography (iii) Presentation:  language and writing style  spelling and grammar  essay format (iv) Argument:  understanding of ethical theory  application of the chosen theory  developing and defending a position  use of definitions and overall clarity (v) Structure:  analysis of the question or problem  paragraph structure and flow  conclusion 7.4 REFERENCING STYLE For Logos course graded assessments, students must use one of these three referencing styles:  American Psychological Association 6th edition (APA)  Australian Guide to Legal Citations (AGLC3)  The Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (Chicago) Students may use the referencing style used in their School. Students can access support materials for these referencing styles in the Referencing Guide available from the University Library Homepage: University Library Homepage. Questions about applying styles should be directed to the University Library. Contact details are available from University Library Homepage: University Library Homepage. Please note:  Any assessment which uses non-academic sources such as internet sites, blogs, online dictionaries, general websites (even university and government websites), or online (non-academic) encyclopaedias may receive a fail grade and may receive a mark of 1% Fail.  Students are not allowed to use any non-academic internet or online sources, except in special circumstances where they have obtained written approval from the Course Coordinator.  Students struggling to find sufficient academic sources should seek help from the Logos teaching team or the campus library staff.  If students present as their own work any quotes or ideas which come from someone else, without acknowledging the source, they have plagiarised and will fail the assessment. Please reference consistently and fully. ASSESSMENT TASK Length: 1500 words maximum Students enrolled in the CORE1002: Logos II must produce an ethical case study to complete the course. From the list of suggested scenarios presented below, students should choose one scenario to develop as an ethical case study. The scenario chosen should be one which raises significant ethical questions about what is right and good or constitutes an ethically problematic situation for those involved. The scenarios address a variety of ethical concerns including professional, social, political or personal concerns. TASK (your case study should have four parts): 1) Choose one of the following ethical theories, clearly explain the theory′s main points, and show how the theory is supposed to enable one to make good moral decisions. a) Either Virtue Ethics b) Or Natural Law (Ethical) theory c) Or Deontological Ethics The University of Notre Dame Australia Date of Publication to Students: July 11, 2018 12 of 16 2) Apply the chosen ethical theory to one of the scenarios below and show what choice or course of action the theory would require and how the principles of the theory justify that choice or course of action. 3) What are 1 or 2 major strengths of the theory? What are 1 or 2 criticisms that are commonly found in the literature on this theory? Please note: when discussing strengths and criticisms of an ethical theory, you should draw on research and authoritative academic sources, not mere opinions. Do you think the theory can overcome the criticisms? 4) Explain (briefly) whether or not the chosen ethical theory will help you make ethical decisions or solve ethical problems in the future in your personal life or in the professional sphere, and why. Tip: the first two sections should be longer than the last two sections; it is recommended that the number of words devoted to each section roughly fall within the following ranges: Section 1 – 500 – 600 words Section 2 – 400 – 500 words Section 3 – 200 – 250 words Section 4 – 100 – 150 words Your Ethical Case Study would ideally utilize four to five academic sources but it must incorporate at least three academic sources to be considered acceptable. There are numerous books, articles and electronic resources listed on the S-CORE1002-18X14-SP2: Logos II site on the Blackboard Learnit portal. These resources are provided to help you with writing the Ethical Case Study. After you login to the site, you can find them by clicking on ‘The Ethical Case Study & Recommended Resources’ in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. Also see in the menu the Writing Guide which explains how to go about writing a philosophy essay. Case Studies (choose one only) Scenario/Case Study 1 Even though you are not meant to, you have been looking at lots of websites and blogs to help you out with doing the research for your essay. Whenever you find a sentence or paragraph that seems helpful you have been copying the text and then pasting them into a document alongside your other research notes. Unfortunately, you have not kept track of where you got all of your notes from, and when you start to write your essay you realise that there might be a lot of text in your notes that has come from internet sources that you should not be using in the essay. In this circumstance what would your selected ethical theory suggest you should do? Scenario/Case Study 2 A very old friend with whom you have been close for many years has recently started to change his/her outlook on a number of important issues on which you used to agree (e.g., abortion, same-sex marriage and euthanasia), so much so than he/she now holds views diametrically opposed to your views on matters which you believe to be of utmost ethical importance. Do you think it is possible to continue being friends with this person? If so, how and why would you continue being his/her friend. Remember to argue for your position from the standpoint of your chosen ethical theory (e.g., Virtue Ethics, Deontology, or Natural Law). Scenario/Case Study 3 You are trying to save up to put a deposit down for your first home: you are working long hours and saving every cent you can. Unexpectedly, a client of your workplace approaches you directly to ask if you would do some work for him. He stresses this would just be a relationship between you and him – not involving your workplace at all. He is offering really good money – over $10,000 for a few weeks of work – and you could do it in the evenings whilst still collecting your salary from the office, but you know technically this work should go to your firm because the client only knows you through the office, but you also know it is not a lot of money for the firm, but it would make a big difference in your life. Would you accept the work? Remember to use the moral reasoning from your chosen ethical theory. COURSE OUTLINE: CORE1002: LOGOS II– SEMESTER TWO 2018 The University of Notre Dame Australia Date of Publication to Students: July 11, 2018 13 of 16 You work for the public service. In the course of your ordinary work, you receive an email that was not meant to be sent to you. It seems suspicious. When you read down through the history, it seems to suggest a politician is accepting bribes to give a certain business special preference when deciding to whom government contracts will be awarded. That is serious corruption! You mention it to your supervisor, but she tells you not to mention it to anybody. She says you could be fired for sharing an email that was not intended for you and that the politician could make your life hell. But you know he is doing the wrong thing – and you have a friend who is a journalist. You could leak the emails to her and she would make sure the public knew what was happening. What do you do? Remember to use the moral reasoning from your chosen ethical theory. Scenario/Case Study 5 You have been working for a large multinational bank for a few years now, and have become a respected figure. While relatively young, you are acknowledged by everyone to be diligent, sensible and someone with a bright future in the bank. In fact, you are often invited by the bosses to come along to their casual social lunches and dinners. Whenever the company organises catering, you notice that it always takes great care and preparation to ensure there are non-meat, halal and kosher options to respect the values of some employees. However you notice that on the other hand the company heavily promotes various causes via email, office décor and postering, which encourage behaviours directly opposed to the values of Catholic employees. You are not sure what to make of this contrast in ‘sensitivities.’ While not Catholic yourself, you can tell that a couple of your co-workers become very uncomfortable when being faced with such material, but are too shy or frightened to say anything. They often rely on going unnoticed and going about their work. One day, the boss asks you what you think of a new program they designed called ‘Diversity and Inclusiveness.’ After browsing it, you realise that it will ask those same Catholic employees to endorse, encourage or even role-play things they believe to be immoral. Your boss then says, ‘We think this program should be compulsory for all employees. What do you think?’ How do you respond? Remember to use the moral reasoning from your chosen ethical theory. Scenario/Case Study 6 All week you have been looking forward to celebrating your sister’s birthday in a prominent Sydney night club. You live about a forty minute drive from the city, and a friend gave you and two others a lift in. After being there for only an hour, as you are coming back from the bar with two full drinks, a rowdy person who is carelessly dancing throws his arms around and knocks your drinks all over you. You are drenched. He quickly apologises to you, but then turns around to continue having fun. You notice that as he catches his friend’s eye, they laugh hysterically at the situation. As you stand there, what do you do? All of the shops are closed by now, and the last train has departed. The friend who gave you a lift, also brought others. Your night has been involuntarily cut short by someone who does not seem to appreciate how much it has been ruined. What do you decide to do from here and why? Remember to use moral reasoning from your chosen ethical theory. Scenario/Case Study 7 You are driving to the house of your best friend Ricardo. You have known each other for over ten years, and you are also both going out with two girls who are best friends with each other. You all get along so well, and it is convenient being able to all hang out together. As you are driving, your girlfriend calls and says, ‘Promise me if I tell you something you won’t say anything.’ You respond casually, ‘Ok, what is it?’ ‘I just found out that Jennie is cheating on Ricardo. But you can’t say anything! If Jennie knows I told you she will kill me! She says she really loves Ricardo and thinks they have a long-term future together, but she just needs to experience a bit more of life, and doesn’t want to ruin a good thing to do that.’ Your heart sinks. Just then you pull up outside Ricardo’s house. What do you do? Should you say something to someone: Ricardo, Jenny, your girlfriend? If so, what? Remember to use the moral reasoning from your chosen ethical theory.

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