· 600 to 800 Words (about 3 to 4 pages); Please no more than 4 pages
· – 4 Source Citations (Include Case Study, The Framework article, and 2 additional sources)
· – Academic Level Writing: Proper word usage, clear and effective phrasing, correct spelling, syntax, grammar, etc.
· MLA Format
Step 1: Write the Introduction (1 Paragraph)
1. Begin with a sentence that orients the reader to the topic of your essay.
– Write as if you do not know who will be reading your essay and assume your reader has not read the case study.
2. Provide a brief summary of the case study so the reader has a full understanding of the issue (remember the reader has not read the case study). Summarize the situation with fairness to all parties.
3. Clearly state the ethical dilemma that will be analyzed in the essay (topic sentence).
4. Next, clearly state your purpose (this is your thesis statement).
5. Finally, tell your reader what will follow in the body of your essay (this is your preview of main points).
Step 2: Develop the Body of the Essay (6 – 7 paragraphs)
– For the first part of the body (5 Paragraphs)
– Analyze the ethical dilemma using the five approaches to ethical decision making from the Framework for Thinking Ethically article (1 paragraph per approach – i.e. Utilitarian, Common Good, etc.). For each paragraph:
1. Identify and explain the approach.
2. Discuss considerations, implications, and consequences of the approach as applied to the dilemma. (Assume your reader has no knowledge of these approaches so explain the key concepts of each. A sufficient discussion of the approach would consist of at least three sentences. Find this information in the Framework Article and in your additional sources)
3. For each approach, you must clearly state the decision that Greg would make if he were to use that approach.
– For the second part of the body (1 – 2 Paragraphs)
1. Identify the approach you would use if you were involved in a situation like this.
– “If I were in Greg’s shoes . . .” Analyze the situation using the ethical standard that you would apply to this situation.
– Discuss the implications and consequences if you made a decision based on this standard.
2. Discuss your core beliefs and the origin of those beliefs that led you to that approach.
– How does this ethical standard align with your core beliefs and personal values? – Clarify the beliefs and values that guide your ethical thinking, ethical conduct, and decision-making.
Step 3: Write the Conclusion
1. Restate the thesis.
2. Provide a summary and closure.
Greg and Natalie have been in business classes together since freshman year. While they’re not close friends, they have always enjoyed each other’s company in class and have been in the same social circle as they’ve moved from lower division courses to where they are now: senior capstone. Greg and a few of his friends invite Natalie to join their group at the start of the term, and they begin to work on their project.
Fairly quickly, though, Greg realizes that Natalie isn’t pulling her weight. Any aspect of the project that’s assigned to her has to be redone by other members of the group, she doesn’t pay attention in meetings, and she consistently shows up late or hung over. Greg and his other group mates think that Natalie needs to step it up and take this project seriously, but they ultimately agree it would be more trouble than it’s worth to confront her about it. They decide to just push through and let her do her own thing. Natalie continues to participate marginally in discussions, planning, and writing, but makes it clear through her actions that their final presentation is not her biggest priority.
After Greg’s group gives its final presentation, the members are asked to write an evaluation on their teammates that the professor will use to determine individual grades. When it comes to most of his teammates, Greg easily gives them all A’s and B’s for their participation and contributions to the project. However, when Greg comes to Natalie’s evaluation, he is faced with a dilemma. It’s their last big project before graduation, and if he were to evaluate her in a harsh way, it could negatively affect her cumulative GPA. He doesn’t want to throw her under the bus; however, her apathy and poor work ethic put a huge burden on everyone else’s shoulders, and Greg had to personally sacrifice a lot of time and effort to make up for her mistakes or tasks that she left undone.
Source: Wilson, C. (March 11, 2013). Picking Up the Slack (Big Q). Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Retrieved from http://www.scu.edu/r/ ethicscenter/ethicsblog/thebigq/15667/ Picking-Up-the- Slack#sthash.rIt9MhNt.dpuf
Ethical Question: What should Greg do? Is it worth giving her an honest evaluation, just so the professor will give her the grade she deserves? Or is giving her a bad evaluation petty and unnecessary, considering that they are all about to graduate and their group received an A, regardless of her performance?