Your paper will include four sections:
Describe your ethical framework.
Describe a difficult ethical decision related to your personal or work life.
Apply your ethical framework (described above) to your case.
Assess how you might apply a different or more complex decision-making process in the future to complex
The paper should include the following components:
1. Describe your ethical framework
Research and define ethical frameworks and their purposes. Use examples from the literature. Then,
thoroughly describe your own ethical
framework based on what you have read. Describe any principles you have included or rejected. How are your
values represented in your
framework? How did you develop your framework? Clearly reference the ethical positions, principles, or other
frameworks that influenced your
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2. Describe a difficult ethical decision related to your personal or work life.
Discuss an experience from your personal or work life that involved a difficult ethical decision. This case study
should be an ethical dilemma about
which you personally have had to make a decision. It is not acceptable to present a case you have
encountered of someone else behaving
unethically. Discuss the circumstances surrounding difficult ethical choice for you. What pressures were
exerted on you to decide one way or
another? What are the cultural influences on you and other players? Do changing circumstances impact the
decisions made? What assumptions
were held by you at the time and/or were held by others that impacted your decision? You must state clearly
why the decision is difficult; and must
clearly state the conflict as you see it. What principles and values appeared to be in conflict?
3. Apply your ethical framework (described in #1 above) to your case.
Discuss your personal case based on your learnings this term and apply your ethical framework to the case
you have described in #2 above. What
are the primary or most important issues or ethical dilemmas presented in your case? How might your
framework help you resolve these issues?
What decision-making criteria (principles and values) did you use at the time the incident described in your
case happened? How might you have
resolved the issues presented in your case using your ethical framework?
4. Assess how you might apply a different or more complex decision-making process in the future.
What are your conclusions or learning from your case study? Would you make the same decision again? How
would you apply your ethical
framework in the future? How has your thinking about ethical decision-making changed or developed? How will
this framework change how you might approach complex ethical decisions in the future?
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