Business Ethics Written Assignment

BA 3308 Written Assignment for Non-accounting Majors

The final course requirement for Ethics is a final paper on applied ethics, of approximately 5 pp. double spaced, in length.

 

This paper should be a statement and defense of what you think about some controversial moral and/

or social issue from the list of allowable topics.  It is due per the syllabus at end of day on July 28, 2017.

 

The paper should be in the following form:

 

  1. Thesis statement.
  2. Arguments in favor of the thesis statement.
    1. Examples or evidence to support the thesis statement.
  3. Arguments in opposition to the thesis statement.
    1. Examples or evidence in opposition to the thesis statement.
  4. Identify the stakeholders involved in the situation addressed by the thesis statement.
  5. State whether you have personally experienced or witnessed the situation described in the thesis statement and describe or if not, describe what you would do if you did experience the situation.

 

The final paper will be graded along the following criteria:

 

Having a clear and identifiable thesis statement. Using arguments and evidence for that thesis statement through arguments and/or evidence.  Most of the grade will be based on this element, so be sure to elaborate your arguments and evidence fully.

 

Following the outline shown above, 1-6.

 

Standard term paper guidelines. Proofread for errors, including spelling and grammar.  Consult my Writing Tips for common errors not to make and use the Writing Center as necessary.  That is why they are there.  If you use outside sources, be sure to cite them per APA style format.  Consult the College of Business Writing Rubric that is in Blackboard for guidance.

 

Pick a topic where you feel there is room for reasonable disagreement.

 

Defend what you really think. Don’t feel the need to pigeonhole yourself into a preset option on

your topic.

 

Topics where you have relevant personal experience are recommended. Your experience will

often give you a perspective on the issue that others lack.

 

Address potential objections–recognizing weaknesses and potential objections will always make the paper better as it indicates the level of serious thought put into the paper.

 

I am interested in substantive content.  Avoid filler material that does not add to the paper, such as “We all know that ethical decisions are one of the hardest decisions to make…”.

 

Write for a reasonably well educated audience.

 

Here are the topics to choose from:

 

When, if ever, is whistleblowing morally permissible?

 

Are employment at will contracts just?

 

Are affirmative action policies in hiring morally acceptable?

 

Are deception and bluffing in business deals morally acceptable?

 

What are the ethical obligations or salespeople?

 

Are sweatshops morally permissible?

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