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Online students only: note on topic 3

Hello,

    This week’s two lectures will involve running through an interactive video system about ethics. I don’t plan to record the lectures, therefore. What you would do as an online student is simply go through the interactive video system yourself (it should be fun, I hope). Do it in two 50-minute sessions, corresponding to the two classes we had on Tuesday and Thursday. For your notes posted to your blog, give two blog posts. See these examples of the the first and second posting: each is titled with the date of the corresponding lecture, just like for other lectures, and the content of each post is what choices you made during the interactive video (since it is interactive).
     Hope that makes sense, but let me know of any questions.
Regards,
DB

Ethics students: Welcome to Spring 2017!

This course is being taught in two sections, a traditional in-class section (numbered 01) and a webcast/in-class hybrid section (numbered 991). For the hybrid class, I am planning to webcast and record the lectures. So you must know how / figure out how / find out how to use Blackboard’s “Collaborate Ultra” capability in order to attend in real time or view the lectures later. Let me know of any issues. I will be unlikely to know the answer since I am learning the same system myself, however I may be able to point you to a resource where the answer can be obtained.

Very important for all students:

  • You will need to make your own blog for this course at livejournal.com.
  • You will need to let me know the URL of your blog at livejournal.com, so I can access it to see your assignments.
  • You do not need to use your real name in relation to your blog.
  • Other blogging systems are not accepted for purposes of this course. Examples include WordPress blogs, Tumblr blogs, blogger.com, Blackboard’s blogging system, blogs you are using for other courses, blogs you have for your personal use, etc. These are good to use for other purposes, just not for this course.

 

Homework 5proj and Homework 5case

Updated 11/28/2017

HW 5proj, due Friday, 10/27/17

Note: Neatness and format count! Do it like this. 

  • In-class students: send me an email (jdberleant@ualr.edu), picking any class day between now and the end of the semester for your presentation to the class. The presentation will be 5 minutes long. Up to about 8 people per class day can be scheduled, so get your request in soon so you get the day you requested. (Online students: you may instead make either a video, or slides that would be usable for a presentation of about 5 minutes.)
  • For your term project (see “Course Information” tab for details):
    • If it is a paper, write 349 words or more of it to your blog. MS Word tells you how many words are in a document you are editing in a little status bar in the lower left corner of its window. OpenOffice Writer has a tool that you can click to find out the # of words. Let me know if you can’t find it. Note: Do not include material submitted as part of a previous HW (obviously).
    • If your project is not a paper, do the equivalent amount of work, and provide a brief (but with specific details) description, and evidence as appropriate, in your blog. If you’re not sure what to do, I can try to suggest something.

(Note to instructor: next year consider not asking when people will present. Instead just assign days randomly.)

HW 5case

Due dates for in-class students:

  • Q1 is due Monday, October 30, 2017, at the beginning of class
  • Q2 is due Monday or Wednesday, October 30 or November 1, 2017, during class
  • Q3 is due Monday, November 6, 2017

Due date for online students:

  • All questions due Monday, October 30, 2017

Q1. As a “case” to discuss for this unit, use a law related to security, privacy, etc. Suggestions: HIPAA, FERPA, Computer Security Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, COPPA, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), US Patriot Act, Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or some other law. If you just type the name into a search engine you should be able to find plenty of information. In-class students bring to class on paper, smart phone, etc., and show me by class time (online students post on your HW5case blog entry) your discussion preparation notes for the case you are discussing with your group for the Information assurance & cyber defense unit. This should include

  • a link or other citation to the case you are using. If it is from personal experience, point that out.
  • a list of 8 or more good facts about the case, in your own words, that you want to use to tell your group about the case, and
  • 6 or more questions to ask them in order to get an interesting and enlightening discussion going. See the “Questions to ask during discussion” tab on the course web page for some suggestions in developing your discussion questions. Also consider questions that relate to the lecture topics we covered.

Q2. Present the case you have prepared in the previous question to your group. Lead the group discussing the case. Maybe you will get some new ideas from the discussion. (Online students: Explain the case and discuss the questions you devised about it. Post this on your blog.)

  • When another member of your discussion group is leading, help them out by participating in the discussion. No cell phone or computer use when someone in your group is leading discussion.

Q3. Write up your case on your blog. Neatness and format count. In-class students see this example. Online students see this example. Use 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.
  • “My conclusions.” Your conclusions and opinions about the case. Be sure to explain and justify what you write. 3 sentences of average length or more.
  • “Future environment.” Describe your vision of a future in which technology is more advanced than today, or society has changed in some significant way, such that the ethical issues of the case would be even more important than they are in today’s world. 3 sentences of average length or more.
  • “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. 3 sentences of average length or more.

HW1case answers (applies to in-class students)

Updated 11/28/17

HW1case

1. Prepare case notes on an ethics case related to intellectual property. 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 Tuesday or Thursday. (Online students can use them to help with the other parts of this HW.) In-class students (due 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:

I showed these to the instructor in class.

2. In-class students: On either of the appropriate class days, 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.

I did this in class.

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 consequentialist and deontological approaches.
  • “Conclusions.” 
  • “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.

Answer:

The facts of the case. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, his solum incorrupte ad. Ea albucius epicurei sed, ad tale numquam mea. Id mel sumo summo tantas. Invidunt invenire percipitur cum ei, cu fabulas adversarium usu. Mea eu ullum assum molestiae, cu omnes dolorum petentium sit, prodesset scribentur qui ut. Duo cu solum graecis, putant eligendi pri eu. Vivendum convenire scripserit ei his, ferri congue ridens an sea. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei.

Analysis.  Mea eu ullum assum molestiae, cu omnes dolorum petentium sit, prodesset scribentur qui ut. Duo cu solum graecis, putant eligendi pri eu. Vivendum convenire scripserit ei his, ferri congue ridens an sea. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei. Vivendum convenire scripserit ei his, ferri congue ridens an sea. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei.

Conclusions. Mea eu ullum assum molestiae, cu omnes dolorum petentium sit, prodesset scribentur qui ut. Duo cu solum graecis, putant eligendi pri eu. Vivendum convenire scripserit ei his, ferri congue ridens an sea. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, his solum incorrupte ad. Ea albucius epicurei sed, ad tale numquam mea. Id mel sumo summo tantas. Invidunt invenire percipitur cum ei, cu fabulas adversarium usu. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei.

Future Environment. Duo cu solum graecis, putant eligendi pri eu. Vivendum convenire scripserit ei his, ferri congue ridens an sea. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei.

Future scenario. Sed ut perspiciatis, unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam eaque ipsa, quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt, explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem, quia voluptas sit, aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos, qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt, neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci[ng] velit, sed quia non numquam [do] eius modi tempora inci[di]dunt, ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit, qui in ea voluptate velit esse, quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum, qui dolorem eum fugiat, quo voluptas nulla pariatur?

HW3proj answers

Updated 11/28/17

Q1. 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. Write up 300 words or more (per person if a group project) if your project is a writing project. If it is not a writing project, do work on the project equivalent in effort to writing 300 words or more, and explain what you did (in less than 300 words!), giving examples (code, for example) if that makes sense. Put this in your blog, labeling it consistently per the example template.

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.

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. Egestas sed, mollis consequat amet curae ridiculus aliquam, curabitur velit volutpat in et tellus. Vestibulum sed tincidunt nullam torquent, sed ut. Rutrum arcu imperdiet risus, enim netus tempor nunc. 

Q2. Explain what needs to be done next on the project, in 50 words or more. Put this in your blog, labeling it consistently per the example template.

Answer:

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.

HW2case answers (applies to online students)

Updated 11/28/2017

HW2case

Q1. Prepare case notes on an ethics case related to ethics in the workplace. 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)

Answer: The source of my case is http://ethicsintheworkplace.com/surprisingcase.html.

Eight important facts are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Magna a, sed tempor commodo aptent mauris, at ante ipsum tellus per, cras sollicitudin, justo sem nonummy sollicitudin dui.
  4. Risus justo at nisl feugiat mi.
  5. Vel condimentum eu feugiat maecenas adipiscing nec, volutpat suspendisse vestibulum pellentesque mauris vel, praesent diam.
  6. Ac rutrum donec, ligula tellus nec aliquet, suspendisse consectetuer, in gravida nunc ligula, luctus et dictum dolor mi vulputate.
  7. Egestas sed, mollis consequat amet curae ridiculus aliquam, curabitur velit volutpat in et tellus.
  8. Vestibulum sed tincidunt nullam torquent, sed ut.

Six questions to ask about the case are:

  1. 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?
  2. Magna a, sed tempor commodo aptent mauris, at ante ipsum tellus per, cras sollicitudin, justo sem nonummy sollicitudin dui?
  3. Risus justo at nisl feugiat mi?
  4. Vel condimentum eu feugiat maecenas adipiscing nec, volutpat suspendisse vestibulum pellentesque mauris vel, praesent diam?
  5. Ac rutrum donec, ligula tellus nec aliquet, suspendisse consectetuer, in gravida nunc ligula, luctus et dictum dolor mi vulputate?
  6. Egestas sed, mollis consequat amet curae ridiculus aliquam, curabitur velit volutpat in et tellus?

Q2. Online students: Explain the case and discuss the questions you devised about it. Post this on your blog.

Answer: Vestibulum fringilla vel eros, nec sem nisl justo pulvinar a, non tellus, lectus sit metus pulvinar maecenas sit. Quis augue, amet mauris, imperdiet in. Id sed urna dolore, hendrerit morbi. Leo elit turpis ligula vel faucibus est, felis dictum maecenas, ante diam amet, semper adipiscing molestie vitae phasellus. A ac praesent taciti vivamus, quis lectus ligula ac orci scelerisque tincidunt, consequat dolor ornare bibendum sit arcu. Dolor pellentesque nec rhoncus quisque, enim sit phasellus.

Sollicitudin elementum sem, eros wisi pretium ipsum. Mauris leo convallis eu sem urna, in varius elit libero congue vitae, in vestibulum mattis id proin eu, metus amet sapien lorem aliquam sunt. Torquent nulla magna ante mauris nulla justo, nullam morbi felis commodo lacus parturient, orci mollis viverra velit. Et dignissim, proin quis diam vitae, dui bibendum assumenda eu massa, congue condimentum egestas felis. Id proin nec erat dignissim, quis ullamcorper, proin justo vel, eu wisi iaculis aliquet sollicitudin sollicitudin. Fusce lobortis, erat nunc in, maecenas neque eleifend libero nulla enim. Sit massa a aliquet tellus, libero eros tellus eu. Nunc ut aute morbi, diam vulputate bibendum quisque, purus nulla eleifend vivamus lectus.

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.
  • “Conclusions.” 
  • “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.

Answer:

The facts of the case. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, his solum incorrupte ad. Ea albucius epicurei sed, ad tale numquam mea. Id mel sumo summo tantas. Invidunt invenire percipitur cum ei, cu fabulas adversarium usu. Mea eu ullum assum molestiae, cu omnes dolorum petentium sit, prodesset scribentur qui ut. Duo cu solum graecis, putant eligendi pri eu. Vivendum convenire scripserit ei his, ferri congue ridens an sea. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei.

Analysis. The consequentialist approach suggests in this case that _________________________________ . The deontological approach seems to imply that _________________________ which differs from the consequentialist approach in that ______________ but is similar in that _________________. A Humean analysis indicates that _________________ which seems similar to the consequentialist approach in terms of ____________ but different in that ________________. It also compares to the deontological approach in ______________ and _____________ but _____________. I feel that the ____________ approach works best in this case because ____________, and that the ____________ approach seems to give the odd result that ___________, however, _____________, and _____________.

Regarding sleazy rhetorical devices, ____________________________________.

Conclusions. Mea eu ullum assum molestiae, cu omnes dolorum petentium sit, prodesset scribentur qui ut. Duo cu solum graecis, putant eligendi pri eu. Vivendum convenire scripserit ei his, ferri congue ridens an sea. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, his solum incorrupte ad. Ea albucius epicurei sed, ad tale numquam mea. Id mel sumo summo tantas. Invidunt invenire percipitur cum ei, cu fabulas adversarium usu. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei.

Future Environment. Duo cu solum graecis, putant eligendi pri eu. Vivendum convenire scripserit ei his, ferri congue ridens an sea. Novum efficiantur id has, ei vix alterum dolorum legimus, tale nominavi pri ea. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei. Ad mel natum illud nostrum, amet salutatus democritum et mea, in his quod adipisci oportere. Vis impetus probatus nominati eu, no melius aliquid mei.

Future scenario. Sed ut perspiciatis, unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam eaque ipsa, quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt, explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem, quia voluptas sit, aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos, qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt, neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci[ng] velit, sed quia non numquam [do] eius modi tempora inci[di]dunt, ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit, qui in ea voluptate velit esse, quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum, qui dolorem eum fugiat, quo voluptas nulla pariatur?