HW1proj – answer template

 Q1. List several possibilities you are considering for a topic/subject of your project, unless you already are sure what you want to do. If you already have decided what topic, then explain what options and possibilities you see related to that topic There should be some connection to the course, but mostly it is up to you – you should seek a topic that you would find interesting to dig into. Length requirement: at least 10 sentences or bullet points. Put your answer in your blog, noting that it is the answer to question #1 of HW1proj, so we can easily find it.

Answer:

  • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, rutrum eu porta elementum consectetuer, commodo ipsum maecenas semper morbi urna aliquam, conubia mus augue, posuere eget, wisi sit at venenatis. Parturient dicta vestibulum, lectus erat aenean vulputate.
  • Adipiscing quis ac mollis ante, urna eget lacus magna ligula nonummy, viverra sit leo neque phasellus elit velit, viverra vestibulum interdum netus turpis, ornare nec eu eu. Lorem pharetra, mauris ac pede eu amet.
  • Morbi a posuere.
  • Magna a, sed tempor commodo aptent mauris, at ante ipsum tellus per, cras sollicitudin, justo sem nonummy sollicitudin dui.
  • Risus justo at nisl feugiat mi.
  • Vel condimentum eu feugiat maecenas adipiscing nec, volutpat suspendisse vestibulum pellentesque mauris vel, praesent diam.
  • Ac rutrum donec, ligula tellus nec aliquet, suspendisse consectetuer, in gravida nunc ligula, luctus et dictum dolor mi vulputate.
  • Rutrum arcu imperdiet risus, enim netus tempor nunc.
  • Egestas sed, mollis consequat amet curae ridiculus aliquam, curabitur velit volutpat in et tellus.
  • Vestibulum sed tincidunt nullam torquent, sed ut.

Q2. List the possibilities you are considering for project format, the pluses and minuses of each, and your preferences and opinions. Also discuss the question of individual vs. group project. Length requirement: at least 10 sentences or bullet points. Put your answer in your blog, noting that it is the answer to question #2 of HW1proj, so we can easily find it.

Answer:

  • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, rutrum eu porta elementum consectetuer, commodo ipsum maecenas semper morbi urna aliquam, conubia mus augue, posuere eget, wisi sit at venenatis. Parturient dicta vestibulum, lectus erat aenean vulputate.
  • Adipiscing quis ac mollis ante, urna eget lacus magna ligula nonummy, viverra sit leo neque phasellus elit velit, viverra vestibulum interdum netus turpis, ornare nec eu eu. Lorem pharetra, mauris ac pede eu amet.
  • Morbi a posuere.
  • Magna a, sed tempor commodo aptent mauris, at ante ipsum tellus per, cras sollicitudin, justo sem nonummy sollicitudin dui.
  • Risus justo at nisl feugiat mi.
  • Vel condimentum eu feugiat maecenas adipiscing nec, volutpat suspendisse vestibulum pellentesque mauris vel, praesent diam.
  • Ac rutrum donec, ligula tellus nec aliquet, suspendisse consectetuer, in gravida nunc ligula, luctus et dictum dolor mi vulputate.
  • Rutrum arcu imperdiet risus, enim netus tempor nunc.
  • Egestas sed, mollis consequat amet curae ridiculus aliquam, curabitur velit volutpat in et tellus.
  • Vestibulum sed tincidunt nullam torquent, sed ut.

Q3. (a) Go the the “Course Information” tab on the course web site. Read about the course, especially the parts about the project. Note on your blog any questions you have, or note that you don’t have any questions. (b) Then go to the “Syllabus” tab on the course web site.  Read over it. Note on your blog any questions you have, or note that you don’t have any questions.

Answer:

(a) Ac rutrum donec, ligula tellus nec aliquet, suspendisse consectetuer, in gravida nunc ligula, luctus et dictum dolor mi vulputate? Rutrum arcu imperdiet risus, enim netus tempor nunc?

(b) No questions.

Q4. Email the instructor your blog address.

Answer: I emailed it already.

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Law and ethics worksheet

Worksheet on Law and Ethics

Please use the web and other resources to answer the questions (indicated by question marks) below. You can write in the spaces provided as well as on the back or on separate paper.

Part 1. A Shocking Crime: See http://abcnews.go.com/US/police-jailed-woman-orchestrate-murder-hire-plot/story?id=22355101

What happened?

Consider the murder law at issue here. What is it?

How does it impact her?

What is the deontological view of the law? (Skip if we haven’t discussed deontology)

What is the utilitarian view of the law? (Skip if we haven’t discussed utilitarianism)

If you were on the jury, how would you vote?

If you were a good defense lawyer: Would you want deontologists or consequentialists on the jury? (Skip if we haven’t covered the concepts yet)

If you were a good prosecuting attorney: would you want deontologists or consequentialists on the jury? (Skip if we haven’t covered the concepts yet)

Have you ever been on a jury?

Part 2. Some Examples of Laws: 

Laws about cars

Laws about homicide

Laws about copyright

Rules about plagiarism

Rules vs. laws:

Law but not rule: 30 mph speed limit

Rule but not law: 40 mph “real” speed limit if 30 mph stated limit and 10 mph assumed leeway

Rule but not law: don’t slouch

Is there a difference between a rule and a law? What do you think it is? 

More about laws (from SEP):

“Law is not the only normative domain in our culture;
morality, religion, social conventions, etiquette, and so on,
also guide human conduct in many ways which are similar to law.”

Two major theories about what is a law

Ref: A. Marmor, “The Nature of Law”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/lawphil-nature/

Laws can be legitimate or not. Why is a law legitimate (or not) in your estimation?

Two theories:

1. “Legal Positivism” theory: Legitimate laws reflect socially defined constraints on behavior

2. “Natural Law” theory: Laws must meet ethical standards

Which do you think is preferable?

St. Augustine wrote: lex iniusta non est lex” (“law unjust not is law” or using English grammar “unjust law is not law”)

Was he a proponent of legal positivism or natural law?

How do these two concepts, legal positivism and natural law, interact or how might the conflict start to be resolved?
Henry David Thoreau wrote: “Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse. Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform? Why does it not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them?” ― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays
Is Thoreau arguing for the legal positivism theory of law, or the natural law theory of law?
What do you think is the better theory? Can you think of an interesting argument for the other view?
Find an ethical case related to the topic of ethics and law for your group discussions that will occur.

Welcome Fall 2014 Students!

This is the IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession web site. To find out where we are in the course and what is planned next, see the syllabus: click the tab above labeled “syllabus.”

See you in class.