Week 1 dq 1
One of your friends uses the terms ethicsand 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 a public figure from politics or business. Select an ethical theory that seems to best fit this person. Why does this theory seem best? Which theory seems to least suit this person? Why?
Week 2 dq 1
Consider the community in which you live. What is your responsibility within your own community? Explain and provide examples of what you consider your responsibilities.
What are potential results if members of a community accept their community’s benefits, such as emergency services or school systems, but decline to contribute to the community beyond paying taxes? Explain.
Week 3 dq 1
Consider an organization where you work, or one with which you are familiar. What is an issue within the organization that could benefit from applying ethical principles? How can these principles be used?
Legal and ethical issues can arise in any organization. How might these issues be different? What sort of relationship exists between the two? Provide an example of each from current events. What might the organizations involved have done differently to prevent these legal and ethical issues?
Week 4 dq 1
Much like individuals, organizations also exist within the community. How does an organization’s responsibility within a community differ from the individual’s responsibility?
Two organizations exist in a community. One organization’s policies reflect its beliefs that the organization’s taxes and employment contributions are sufficient as a social effort. The second organization pursues multiple socially responsible efforts including financial efforts, changes to be a more green organization, and donations of time for employees to contribute to the community. Why might these two organizations differ in their approaches? Do either have any obligations to the community? Why or why not? What are the advantages of the second organization’s approach? What about the first organization?
Week 5 dq 1
Identify a cultural practice that is considered acceptable in one country but is not acceptable in another. What are some cultural considerations that affect the resulting ethical perspectives in differing cultures?
What is an example of an ethical perspective that is considered American? What is an example of an ethical perspective from another culture that deals with a similar subject? Identify the culture and the ethical perspective. Why are the perspectives of these two different? How are they similar?