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Task

You work in the Ethics Department for ABC Company (ABC). Your department is dedicated to advising its employees about their ethical obligations in the corporate setting. You are an internal consultant who provides advice and most importantly, recommendations for action to employees of the firm. All communications you receive in this capacity are confidential.

Luke, an employee of ABC, comes to you with the following scenario and asks for your advice. He wants to fully consider the situation. Your task is to advise and recommend a course of action based on the specified ethical lenses and facts as given.

You must choose one of the theories on which to base your recommendation.

Below are the facts that Luke provides to you.

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Luke has been asked to work on a project that involves developing land recently purchased by ABC to build an adult entertainment retail store. According to the plan, the land is located on the corner of the neighborhood where Owen, Luke’s brother, lives.

Luke knows that as soon as the plans for the store are made public, property values for the surrounding neighborhood will decrease significantly. ABC plans to publicly announce the project one month from today.

Luke is concerned about his obligations of confidentiality to his company. However, Luke is also very close to Owen, who recently told Luke that he received an offer to sell his house at an “okay” price given the current real estate market. Owen is considering selling but hasn’t made any final decision yet. He wonders if he might get a better offer a few years from now when the real estate market improves.

What is the ethical issue, why is this an issue, and what should Luke do about it?

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For assignment 1, prepare a memo, setting out your analysis and recommendations, that considers ONLY the following two theories: Utilitarianism and Universal Ethics (i.e., Kant’s categorical imperative). Choose one theory only on which you base your recommendation.

Assignment 1

Suggested Length:
750 to 1000 words

Ethical Theories to Apply:
Utilitarianism and Universal Ethics

1. Task

You work in the Ethics Department for ABC Company (ABC). Your department is dedicated to advising its employees about their ethical obligations in the corporate setting. You are an internal consultant who provides advice and most importantly,
recommendations for action to employees of the firm. All communications you receive in this capacity are confidential.

Luke, an employee of ABC, comes to you with the following scenario and asks for your advice. He wants to fully consider the situation.
Your task is to advise and recommend a course of action based on the specified ethical lenses and facts as given.

You must choose one of the theories on which to base your recommendation.

Below are the facts that Luke provides to you.

*****

Luke has been asked to work on a project that involves developing land recently purchased by ABC to build an adult entertainment retail store. According to the plan, the land is located on the corner of the neighborhood where Owen, Luke’s brother, lives.

Luke knows that as soon as the plans for the store are made public, property values for the surrounding neighborhood will decrease significantly. ABC plans to publicly announce the project one month from today.

Luke is concerned about his obligations of confidentiality to his company. However, Luke is also very close to Owen, who recently told Luke that he received an offer to sell his house at an “okay” price given the current real estate market. Owen is considering selling but hasn’t made any final decision yet. He wonders if he might get a better offer a few years from now when the real estate market improves.

What is the ethical issue, why is this an issue, and what should Luke do about it?

*****

For assignment 1, prepare a memo, setting out your analysis and recommendations, that considers ONLY the following two theories: Utilitarianism and Universal Ethics
(i.e., Kant’s categorical imperative). Choose one theory only on which you base your recommendation.

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Revised August 2022

General (Turnitin) Written Assignment Instructions

Revised Fall 2022

1. Format

a. You may use the format demonstrated in the sample paper called “Excerpts from A papers ..” that can be found in this folder:
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b. This format incorporates the use of headers that distinguish the different areas of thought within the memo.

c. Where using headers in any assignment, you will get better results if you include these:

1. Facts: a brief restatement of the important facts, in your own words;

2. Issue: what must the protagonist decide? What action should he take?

3. Lens: describe the ethical theories being applied including the pros and cons of each;

4. Analysis: apply each ethical theory to the facts and discuss the logical conclusion of that process for each;

5. Recommendation / Conclusion: choose the ethical theory that is superior to the other and explain your rationale, briefly. You must choose one theory on which to base your recommendation – no waffling between theories will be allowed. Answer the question posed in your framing of the issue.

d.
Suggested Paper Length –
these are ranges, not absolutes

1. Assignment 1 and 2 should be between 750 and 1000 words; Assignment 3

should be between 1400 and 2000 words.

e. The purpose of the guide is to help you understand whether you have thought deeply enough about the topic. Your grade does not depend on the number of words written. However, your grade will be affected by whether or not you have fully analyzed the issue and fully supported your conclusion/decision. If you find that you are significantly over this range of words, you should edit your paper so that your ideas and words are conveyed in the most concise manner. This does not mean eliminating key arguments. It just means editing your wording so that it is more concisely written.

f. Inside your document – DO NOT include any personal information inside your document (such as name, CougarNet ID, etc). We will not remove this information before submitting it for assessment.

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Written
communication

Written
communication

Written
communication

Written
communication

Written
communication

Clearly arranged
and organized;

Professional tone
(i.e., appropriate
choice of words for
business writing);

Sentences are easily
understood,
concise, direct, and
effective;

No noticeable
editing errors; AND

Paper follows
required format.

For the most part…

Clearly arranged and
organized;

Professional tone;

Sentences are
functional; AND/OR

Very few editing
errors.

In many places…

Confusing due to
unclear sentences or
paragraphs, and/or
lack of organization;

Many sentences are
overly simple or
needlessly
complicated;
AND/OR

Several editing
errors.

In most places…

Confusing due to
unclear sentences
or paragraphs,
and/or lack of
organization;

Most sentences are
overly simple or
needlessly
complicated;
AND/OR

So many editing
errors that paper is
difficult to read.

Wholly ignores
assignment
instructions;

Sentences are
incoherent or
nonsensical;
AND/OR

Paper is difficult to
read, careless,
irresponsible.

Critical thinking
and knowledge
application

Critical thinking and
knowledge
application

Critical thinking and
knowledge
application

Critical thinking
and knowledge
application

Critical thinking and
knowledge
application

Event discussed
represents most
pressing ethical
issue;

Full understanding
of the ethical
theories discussed
(including
appropriate
discussion of
criticisms or
disadvantages of
each ethical lens
applied);

Full consideration
of the issues and
application of the
facts to the theories;

For the most part…

Full understanding
of the ethical
theories discussed;

Full consideration of
the issues;

Demonstrates a full
understanding of the
ethical theories
applied;

Arguments and
sentences are well-
supported and
rational;

In many places…

Lacks full
understanding of the
ethical theories
discussed;

Lacks full
consideration of the
issues;

Arguments and
sentences are not
rational or well-
supported;

Arguments may not
be presented in a
logical order;

Conclusion may not
follow rationally

In most places…

Lacks full
understanding of
the ethical theories
discussed;

Lacks full
consideration of the
issues;

Arguments or
sentences are not
rational or well-
supported;

Arguments may not
be presented in a
logical order;

Most of the paper
remains unfinished;

Rambles
incoherently;
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Sample Paper: Assignment #3

This paper earned a grade of 47/50

This grade consists of these components, per the rubric:

Written Communication: 48
Critical Thinking: 46

Read the comments that follow the sample paper to
learn what the graders are looking for and how they

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FINAL GRADE

47/50

Assignment #3
GRADEMARK REPORT

GENERAL COMMENTS

Instructor

Ethical Dilemma:

Great job!  Ethical dilemma is identified
correctly.  You have also aptly described the
competing pulls on Luke and brought out the
ethical dilemma he faces here.

The Golden Rule:

Some good arguments made here towards theory
application, but it is not complete!

To apply this theory, you need to put him into
other relevant stakeholders’ shoes (such as ABC’s
stakeholders, other local community members,
regulatory authorities, etc.) and ask what he would
want himself to do in each case. Complete your
arguments from each stakeholder’s perspective.

 The next question is how he prioritizes between
different choices.

 You also need to consider the theory’s criticism
that the Golden Rule leads you to the best decision
only if you’re highly ethical. You need to discuss
what its implications are. What does this hold for
Luke?

Does this help you to make a recommendation to
Luke with greater support from the theory?

Consider ending this section with a preliminary
conclusion here, to sum up your recommendation
using this theory.

Virtue Ethics:

Some good arguments made to describe the
dilemma that Luke faces here, considering
competing values. So, what does he do?

Perhaps, you could argue this better using the
standards of Luke’s professional and social
communities, and the perspective of the disclosure
rule.

How would Luke feel if his professional community
was to come to know that he had informed his
brother about the upcoming project? What type of
person does Luke want to be (by reference to his
community)?  What character traits does he want
to have? 

Does consideration of the Disclosure Rule help you
make decision for Luke?

Final recommendation:

Your final recommendations for Luke needed to be
supported by arguments made towards
application of theories to case facts. Application of
theories to case facts needed to be done more
completely, as indicated above. 

A little more support to your final
recommendations would make it more convincing.

Also, consideration of the criticism of the theories
may help decide which of the theories may be
more applicable in this case.
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