1. Choose a case depicting a morally problematic situation in professional practice:
a) You may choose a ready-made case from our course materials or from somewhere else, such as from another book or one you find online. If you choose a case from this course, simply indicate the case you are using and provide a citation. If your case is from another source, reproduce the case with your assignment and provide a proper citation. If the case used is one already accompanied by analysis, then the analysis provided in the assignment must be differently focused or otherwise go beyond the discussion already given.
Choose and clearly articulate a professional ethics issue that pertains to your chosen case and the professional(s) involved in the case specifically. The issue should be important and reasonably controversial.
2. Write an ethical analysis of the case, focusing on the issue you choose by considering any relevant facts, ethical values and principles as well as the consequences of the different possible resolutions to the ethical issue that you have identified. You may use the ethical theories in your analysis if applicable but this is not necessary. Your goal is to provide an analysis that would defend a resolution that is the most satisfactory from a moral perspective. The strategy is to discuss, evaluate and compare the pros and cons of each different possible resolution by examining considerations that have bearing on determining which resolution is best from an ethical point of view. This assignment is different from Assignment 4, the critical essay, insofar as your discussion will be limited to the specific details and individuals in the case. This is your opportunity to apply what you have learned to a concrete real life situation. Applying philosophical analysis to a real life situation will also help to prepare you to discuss more general topics in professional ethics and engage in more abstract philosophical reasoning for Assignment 4, the critical essay.
3. The grading scheme (below) that will be applied to your case study analysis depends on whether you use a ready-made case or create your own. This allows your tutor the flexibility needed for the two different, but equally legitimate and worthy, ways you could approach this assignment.
Parts of a Case Study Per cent of grade using a ready-made case Per cent of grade using your own case