Case Study: Ethical Theory Application and Evaluation
[WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read the required resources for Week 5, review the Week 5 content in the PHI208: Ethics & Moral Reasoning interactive multimedia, and review the Reading Philosophy video from the Week 1. You should also consult the Research Paper Project Management Plan resource to help you plan the paper and the Guide to Writing an Ethics Case Study resource.
In this final written assignment, Case Study: Ethical Theory Application and Evaluation, you will create your own case study based on
an ethical issue or social problem in your local community (neighborhood, town city, school district, religious community, local politics, water safety, housing issues, etc.),
an ethical issue in your current job, or
an ethical issue in your field of study.
This final written assignment should be an essay and include the following sections with headings in bold font:
Part 1: Introduction, Case Study, and Ethical Question
In this section, you will create the case study. To complete this section,
Present a brief introduction to the case study.
Discuss background information.
Identify the central moral controversy at stake in the case study.
Articulate an ethical question based on the central moral controversy.
This section should be around 300 words.
Part 2: Philosophy Reading Reflection
In Sections 4 and 5 you will use two ethical theories to analyze your case study. In this section, you will choose a philosophical text associated with one of the ethical theories you will be using in Section 4 or 5. The philosophical text can be the same one you used in the Week 3 written assignment, or you can choose a new text. Copy and paste the text into this section. After applying the metacognitive strategies on reading philosophical texts from Week 1,
Examine the meaning of the text.
Discuss how your understanding of the text evolved after multiple reads.
Explain how the text might apply to the case study.
This section should be around 150 words (excluding the philosophical text).
Part 3: Explanation of First Ethical Theory
In this section, choose either utilitarianism, deontology, or virtue ethics. This will be the primary or first ethical theory you will use to consider the case study. You can choose the same ethical theory you used in the Week 3 written assignment or choose a different ethical theory. To complete this section,
Discuss the historical background of the ethical theory and the philosopher primarily associated with it.
Articulate the core principle(s) of the ethical theory.
Demonstrate how the principle(s) applies to an ethical question different than the ethical question in your case study.
This section should be around 250 words.
Part 4: Application of First Ethical Theory
In this section, you will apply the principle(s) of the ethical theory to the case study. To complete this section,
Clarify the central moral controversy at stake in the ethical question.
Analyze the core principle of the ethical theory.
Explain how someone using the core principles of the ethical theory would answer the ethical question addressed by your case.
This section should be around 350 words.
Part 5: Explanation and Application of Second Ethical Theory
In this section, you will choose a second ethical theory and apply it to the case study. The explanation and application here will be briefer than the first ethical theory. To complete this section,
Discuss the core principle of the ethical theory.
Explain how someone using the core principles of the ethical theory would analyze the case study and answer the ethical question.
This section should be around 150 or 200 words.
Part 6: Evaluation of First Ethical Theory Application
In this section, you will evaluate the results of applying the ethical theory to the case study. The idea here is to assess the success (or failure) of the theory in providing an adequate or actionable solution to the central moral controversy in the case study. To complete this section,
Discuss the answer to the ethical question provided by applying the first ethical theory.
Compare the answer to the ethical question provided by applying the first ethical theory to the second ethical theory’s application.
Explain which ethical theory you think offers the strongest resolution to the ethical issue.
Evaluate the strength of the application by considering one or more of the following questions:
Does applying the theory present an adequate response to the issue, or are there significant aspects of the issue the theory does not address?
Does the application differ from how the issue is currently being addressed?
Does the application present a better approach to how the issue is currently being addressed?
Does applying the theory to the issue raise other problems or concerns?
This section should be between 300 and 350 words.
Part 7: Conclusion
In this section, you will describe what you have accomplished in the paper. To complete this section,
Summarize the analyses and conclusions of applying the first and second ethical theories to your case study.
Evaluate the results of applying the theory
Did it offer an adequate solution to the issue?
What is the greatest strength or weakness of the theory when applied to the issue?
Provide any additional recommendations you think might help address the central moral controversy in the case study.
This section should be around 150 words.
The Case Study: Ethical Theory Application and Evaluation final paper
Must be six to eight double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word resource.
Must include a separate title page with the following in title case:
title of paper in bold font
Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.
name of institution (The University of Arizona Global Campus)
course name and number
Must utilize academic voice.
See the Academic Voice resource for additional guidance.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph.
Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions and Writing a Thesis Statement, refer to the Writing Center resources.
Must use at least four resources: three scholarly resources and one resource which provides information for the case study.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source.
To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view this Quick and Easy Library Research tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper guide.
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center.
See the APA: Formatting Your References List resource in the Writing Center for specifications.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.