HW2proj and HW2case (on topic: Ethics in the Workplace)

Updated 11/28/17

HW2proj and HW2case

HW2proj, Ethics in the Profession, due Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

Note 1: Professional neatness and clarity of format counts! See this example.

Note 2: Are you still bewildered about what topic to choose for your project? Since we are now in the “Ethics in the Workplace” unit, it seems like a good time to consider, as a topic, moral injury. It’s interesting. Look it up. It occurs typically in combat veterans (and drone operators), but can also occur in civilian jobs like law, police work, and other areas.

  1. For your ethics-related term project (see “Course Information” tab for details): Let us continue to develop it step by step over the semester so that it will be manageable rather than a crunch at the end, as follows. Narrow down your topic to just one or two possibilities. If two, discuss your reasons why you are leaning toward or against each. Then explain what options and possibilities you see related to each topic. Also provide an update on your choice of medium (paper, story, Web site development team, individual or group project, skit, music, art, computer program, etc., etc.), and whether you prefer an individual project or a team project, or have no preferences. Give details totaling at least 10 sentences. Put this in your blog, labeling it consistently like this.
  2. Outline the sections or parts of the project, or two half-length outlines of the two topic candidates if you still have more than one option you are considering. Length should be at least 10 sentences or bullet points. Put this in your blog, labeling it consistently like this.



Due dates for in-class students:

  • Q1 is due Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at the beginning of class
  • Q2 is due Monday or Wednesday, Sept. 18 or Sept. 20, 2017, during class
  • Q3 is due Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

Due date for online students:

  • All Qs due Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

Note 1: Professional neatness and clarity of format counts! In-class students see this example. Online students see this example.

1. Prepare case notes on an ethics case related to ethics in the workplace. (A case about moral injury is a option you could consider.) If you are an in-class student, these should be usable in class for presenting your ethics case to your group and leading the group in discussing it on one of the two class days devoted to group discussion for this unit. (Online students can use them to help with the other parts of this HW.) In-class students (due Tu 2/7/17 before class): you will use these notes in class, so show them to me right before class so I can note down that you get credit for Q1:

  • Print them out on paper, or
  • Write them by hand on a sheet of paper, or
  • Display them on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop (not the desk computer in the classroom, because group dynamics work better when the discussion leader does not need to face or turn toward a stationary computer).

Online students: post your notes to your blog.

Your notes should include the following.

  • A link or other citation to the case you are using, or if it is from personal experience, point that out.
  • A list of 8 or more important facts about the case. These could help you tell your group members or anyone or remind yourself what the case is all about.
  • A list of questions (6 or more) you could ask your group members in order to get an interesting and enlightening discussion going (for in-class students), or that you could consider yourself or ask someone else about (for online students); see the “Questions to ask during discussion” tab on the course web page for some suggestions in developing your discussion questions.

Hint: For your case for this unit, one option you have is to look for a case involving moral injury. Some types of work (military work is one example) can cause that type of injury. Whatever case you decide on, you can use news articles, personal experience, things you found on the web, on paper, etc.

2. In-class students: On either Tuesday or Thursday, explain your case to your group and lead discussion on it. Divide the two 50-minute classes into parts so that each person in your group gets to lead discussion about their case. It is ok, however, if some discussions end up taking longer than others.When another member of your discussion group is leading, help them out, and sharpen your thinking skills, by listening and participating in the discussion. Doing other things, using your phone, etc., will lose points. NOTE: When another member of your discussion group is leading, help them by participating in the discussion.

Online students: Explain the case and discuss the questions you devised about it. Post this on your blog.

3. Write up your case on your blog with the following subheadings:

  • “The facts of the case.” Here is where you describe the case in your own words.
  • “Analysis.” Examine the case in terms of the (i) consequentialist, (ii) deontological, and (iii) Humean (or more generally the virtue ethics) approaches. Also mention any example of a “sleazy rhetorical device” used in connection with the case that you noticed on the web or in your group discussion. If no sleazy rhetorical devices were noticed, mention that, and instead, explain what outcome of the case would lead to the greatest good for the most people (this would be a decidedly utilitarian way of looking at it).
  • “Conclusions.” Your analysis, opinions, and conclusions about the case. Any opinions from your discussion group members that you disagree with and why.
  • “Future environment.” Describe your vision of a future in which technology is more advanced than today, or society has changed in some significant way.
  • “Future scenario.” Describe how this ethical case (or an analogous one) would or should play out in the environment of the future, and give your opinions about it.


HW1 is fairly lengthy, so please get started early

HW1 is fairly lengthy, so please get started early.