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ETH 316  All Individual and Team Assignments, DQs

(Ethics & Social Responsibilty)

Week 1

  1. Individual Assignment: Ethics Essay
  • Resources: Week One readings
  • Write a 350- to 700-word essay comparing the similarities and differences between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. Include the following in your essay:
  • A description of the differences in how each theory addresses ethics and morality
  • A personal experience to explain the relationship between virtue, values, and moral concepts as they relate to one of the three theories
  • Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Discussion Questions

One of your friends uses the terms ethics and morality interchangeably. You do not think this is correct. How would you explain the difference between ethics and morality? Provide an example of morality and one of ethics in your explanation.

Select two major ethical theories covered in your readings for Week One. What are the major differences between these two theories? Which one of these theories is most aligned to your personal beliefs? Explain.


What are examples of virtues, values, and moral concepts?  How does each of these relate to one another?  In what ways are they separate and in what ways are they connected?

In Ch. 6 of Basic Ethics, the author discusses the relationship of religion as it relates to morality and ethics.  Using your own personal experiences as a resource, what, if any, relationship exists between religion, morality, and ethics?  Explain your answer.

Week 2

  1. Learning Team Assignment: Community Profile Presentation

What is a socially responsible effort? Social responsibility comes from the belief that people, governments, and organizations have a responsibility to the greater welfare of society. What each person determines to be socially responsible, however, is subject to personal ideals and beliefs. Examples of socially responsible efforts include, but are not limited to:

  • Recycling and using CFL lightbulbs (individual or organizational)
  • Donating time to volunteer organizations
  • Monetary donations
  • Developing green buildings
  • Each Team Member should write a general profile of a different community on an individual basis. The profile should be 500 to 750 words in length. The team may select a community with which they are familiar or use the City of Kelsey Virtual Organization accessible from the student Web site. In the profile, describe the following: (Not more than 1 team member can use the city of Kelsey. It is to be used only as an emergency)

Type of people who live in the community

  • Type of work the residents do
  • How and where members of the community interact (festivals, grocery stores, community events, and so forth)
  • Address the following questions in the profile:
  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the individuals to the community?
  • What are the community’s responsibilities to the individuals?
  • As a member of this community, what do you think it means to be socially responsible?
  • Write a 750 to 1000 word paper addresses the following:
  • Compare the differences and similarities between the different communities represented by each team member.
  • Evaluate the effects of socially responsible efforts in each community.
  • Choose amongst the communities you evaluated and pick the community with the most effective socially responsible efforts.   Provide four reasons why you deem it superior and at least two ways the effort could be improved.
  • Paper Construction
  • Write the group part of the paper
  • Then attach each team member’s individual profile at the end of the paper.  Each of these should be an appendix and also have the team members name on it.

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Week 3

  1. Individual Assignment: The Responsibility Project
  • Resource: The Responsibility Project Web site
  • Perform a Web search for the site called The Responsibility Project. Select the link for this site.
  • View the short films on the Responsibility Project Web site.
  • Select one of the short films that addresses organizational issues.
  • Write a 1,000- to 1,500-word paper describing how ethical principles can be used to address organizational issues. Include the link to the film you select. Include the following:
  • What are the two biggest issues in the film
  • Why are the issues in the film important?
  • What role do external social pressures have in influencing organizational ethics?
  • How might these issues be relevant to organizational and personal decisions? Provide three reasons
  • What is the relationship between legal and ethical issues as shown in the film? Explain how the legal and ethical domains can often conflict and out you would try to work through the conflict
  • Format your paper consistent with APA guideline

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Week 4

Learning Team Assignment: Organizational Profile

  • Each Team Member will Research a community organization on an individual basis.


  • Each Team Member will Write a short overview  (500-750 words) of the organization that addresses the following:
  • Evaluate the organization’s involvement and responsibility to the community.
  • Summarize what factors have influenced the social responsibility strategies of the organization.
  • Does the organization have a social initiative? If so, what is it? If not, identify a social initiative for the organization.
  • What are the potential ethical or moral effects of the organization’s social initiative or potential social initiative?
  • Share the individual overviews with the team.
  • Prepare a 1000- to 1,500-word paper comparing the similarities and differences between the different organizations and their communities. Explain why the differences likely arose.  Finally pick the organization you would most like to work for. Provide  three reasons why you would like to work there, and also provide two ways you think you could improve the organization
  • Paper Construction
  • Write the group part of the paper
  • Then attach each team member’s individual overview at the end of the paper.  Each of these should be an appendix and also have the team members name on it.


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Week 5

Individual Assignment: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

  • Research a global organization and the major cultural issues that affect this organization’s interactions outside the United States.
  • Define the premier cultural issue within the global organization.
  • Prepare an analysis of three dimensions that pertain to that cultural issue in terms of the ethics ethical and social responsibility involved in navigating that issue.
  • Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper summarizing the results of the analysis. Include the following:
  • Compare and contract at least two ethical perspectives that can be linked  to one of the three dimensions you analyzed .
  • Explain which of these perspectives serves the organization best and explain why including 3 supporting features of that perspective
  • Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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