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Term Three: Ethics

Our first job is to explore, define and explain the issue. This also involves examining multiple perspectives and responses to it. Our particular issue will allow a wide range of research to occur, especially when we consider solutions and the dilemmas or consequences they present.

  1. Contribute to knowledge building inquiry in Knowledge Forum: This is the main task for the next five weeks. Think of it as a research process. As a group we need to explore, define and explain the issue. This will also involve looking at solutions, perspectives and responses. Use build ons to…
    • Create build ons with questions that will help direct the inquiry. Read other student’s posts. What ideas, questions, explanation can add?
    • Use the questions to research the issue. Bring your findings back in as build on notes. Reflect on what you have provided. What new questions does it pose? What ideas? Any discussion points? Do further research and add new notes with this explanation and so forth. There should be no point where the inquiry has ended. We need to endeavour to do as thorough an explorations as possible.
    • Cite the source any research findings you share within the note.

This is a research and reading phase on ethical theory. You will be given time to read and absorb various sources on Ethical theory. We use these to guide thinking on solutions, with the goal of limiting solutions to those we feel are the most ethical or morally permissible.

  • Start with this General Summary
  • Then have a look at this overview framework. Use it as a place to launch your research. Pick an area and start doing some reading. Use the headings to take your own notes
  • Each week your are asked to make ONE post that adds some explanation to the overview framework (like the Utilitarianism post). Connect it to another post.
  • To flesh out the framework use the following sources and others you can find

Our goal in this last module is to apply ethical theory to the issue we have exploring. In this case the Black Lives Matter Movement and Systemic Racism – ultimately to search for ethical ways to respond to the issue.

You will need to consider the following:

  • What is the issue? This needs to be clear to you. Can you explain it in some depth, considering some of the underlying questions / themes? There is a written task related to this.
  • What have been the actions and responses of the Black Lives Matter Movement?
  • How ethical / morally permissible have these actions been? What guided these responses? What do you think? Evaluate these actions using ethical theory to help guide you. Discuss the principles of the theory and how it applies.(You must reference authoritative sources here)
  • Draw final conclusions on the issue (again using theory)

There are two main tasks that will facilitate these questions:

  1. A series of discussions on key aspects / questions and responses using the Philosophy Hub. These will fall out of the work you have done in knowledge forum and be posted in the Ethics Group here on the hub.
  2. A written task using Google Docs (you could do this orally if you wanted). The requirements of this task will depend on how much you have contributed to the inquiry and discussions above.
    • A written summary of the issue. You will be advised how much you have to do on that depending on what you have contributed
    • An explanation of some of the key actions and responses of the Black Lives Matter movement
    • A written evaluation of these responses using ethical theory (again dependent on the discussions)
    • A written conclusion on the issue and a way forward

What are you assessed on?

You are assessed based on evidence from your activity over the term using the follow criteria

  • Explaining a contemporary ethical issue and breaking it down into its components and essential features
  • Explaining the actions and responses of a social movement(BLM)
  • Discussing ethical principles that guided these actions.
  • Critically Evaluating these using ethical theory
  • Drawing conclusions based on a range of evidence, that address wider implications