ethical dilemma case study

Ethical Dilemma Case Study Instructions
Your goal is to find or create an ethical dilemma, research and propose a potential solution following a
step-by-step process. You need to research your issue, the ethical schools of thought (theories) you believe are
applicable, the pros and cons, and then conclude with your final proposal. An ethical dilemma is a problem having
an ethical component to it. A simple example is finding a wallet with money it and identification; should you return
it? Why? How do you make your decision? For this case study, you need a more complex ethical dilemma.
Main Steps
1. Obtain relevant facts of the issue; address why it’s important. At this level, you should address at least
what you know about the situation – as well as what you don’t know; even more significant is the amount
of time available. Often this is the determining factor in what will ultimately be done.
2. Identify the main ethical issues; usually there are 1 or 2 main ethical issues, and several sub-issues
stemming from the key issues; try to cover main problem(s) and then 1 sub-issue if possible.
3. Determine who or what is affected by these dilemmas; who are the stakeholders? Who wins, loses? Who
is helped by this? Who is hurt? Why?
4. Identify viable solutions/options based on 2 ethical schools of thought we’re studying this semester. For
example: utilitarianism, egoism, virtue ethics, social contract, deontology, – or any version of these. At this
point, you may want to rank them from best to worst by considering which is the least problematic, yet
still most effective. This can be quite difficult.
5. Identify at least 1-2 specific consequences – both long-term/short term- for each alternative/school of
thought. Explain in detail and use examples.
6. Make a choice (in your conclusion) and provide a philosophical argument supporting why your solution is
the best by comparing and contrasting the benefits and liabilities of your solution to the one(s) you
believe is/are the worst and/or second best. You may want to integrate a discussion on the original
circumstances which created this dilemma in the first place – and how it might be avoided in the future.
7. Use 2 sources, APA or MLA format: 5-7 pages total.
8. Grammar, spelling, sentence structure, clarity in writing, formatting, organization, effective use of sources,
images, and overall writing style are all part of your grade for this project.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

Get 15% off your first purchase USE THE CODE VPXC

X
CLICK HERE TO ORDER