Discussing a contemporary moral business or corporate issue

This is a paper that focuses on the discussing a contemporary moral business or corporate issue. The paper also requires using sources from the given book.

Discussing a contemporary moral business or corporate issue

Length: 4-6 pages (double-spaced)

Choose a contemporary moral business/corporate issue to discuss. Examples: insider trading, CEO bonuses, government bailouts, deceptive/manipulative advertising/sales, sexual harassment/discrimination, sweat shops, environmental destruction, monopolies, negligence, price-gouging, vulnerable consumers, etc. You can pick something specific if you’d like. (like a specific example of an unethical business decision/collapse), or talk about an issue in general. Be creative and pick something that you are passionate and opinionated about (anything you follow in the news is a great choice!). Or pick an ethical dilemma you are currently dealing with (or have dealt with from a past job), and use this as an opportunity to work through it. Pick something controversial. (meaning, don’t choose something that pretty much everyone agrees is either right or wrong), so that you have enough to work with and discuss.

You may use sources other than your textbook, but I encourage you not to. The goal of this assignment is to do your own ethical thinking, not to just combine a bunch of quotes from other people. That being said, depending on your topic, you may want to use sources for statistics or specific examples. However, if you are using sources other than your textbook, you will need to include a bibliography/works cited page and citations throughout your paper. However, if you are going to be talking about a specific case, make sure you find a reputable source for the details.

Wikipedia is NOT a credible source for a college paper.

Discussing a contemporary moral business or corporate issue

If you choose to quote something from a source, be sure to cite your source properly to avoid plagiarism. You may use any citation method you are comfortable with (APA, MLA, etc.) as long as you are consistent. I would rather you NOT use additional sources (at least not for your ethical analysis). I already know what those people think about these topics, I want to know what YOU think about it. If you are just using your textbook, please cite it throughout your paper (but I do not need a works cited page, since I obviously know the publication information for the book).

Summarize your topic/ethical dilemma. Be sure to define exactly what you will be discussing and why it is controversial. For example: there are different conceptions of what constitutes negligence, make sure you make it clear how you are using the term. If you are going to be talking about a specific case, start off by summarizing the situation. This should take you less than one page for sure.

Once you have discussed your topic, analyze it from various ethical perspectives/viewpoints. How may some people morally justify the action(s)? How might others criticize it? It would be a great idea to analyze the dilemma from a Utilitarian and/or Kantian perspective (check with me if you need help applying these theories).

Additionally, please use Times New Roman 12 pt font, double-spaced.  Do not alter the margins of your pages to stretch or condense the length of your paper.

You can write from your own point of view: “I believe…” “I think Utilitarianism is right because…” etc.

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