Case Study

04 Apr

If the case used is one already accompanied by analysis, then the  analysis provided in the assignment must be differently focused or  otherwise go beyond the discussion already given.



  1. Choose  and clearly articulate a professional ethics issue that pertains to  your chosen case and the professional(s) involved in the case  specifically. The issue should be important and reasonably  controversial.[2]
  2. Write an ethical analysis of the case, focusing on the issue you  choose by considering any relevant facts, ethical values and principles  as well as the consequences of the different possible resolutions to the  ethical issue that you have identified. You may use the ethical  theories in your analysis if applicable but this is not necessary. Your  goal is to provide an analysis that would defend a resolution that is  the most satisfactory from a moral perspective. The strategy is to  discuss, evaluate and compare the pros and cons of each different  possible resolution by examining considerations that have bearing on  determining which resolution is best from an ethical point of view. This  assignment is different from Assignment 4, the critical essay, insofar  as your discussion will be limited to the specific details and  individuals in the case.  This is your opportunity to apply what you  have learned to a concrete real life situation. Applying philosophical  analysis to a real life situation will also help to prepare you to  discuss more general topics in professional ethics and engage in more  abstract philosophical reasoning for Assignment 4, the critical essay.
  3. The grading scheme (below) that will be applied to your case study analysis[3]  depends on whether you use a ready-made case or create your own. This  allows your tutor the flexibility needed for the two different, but  equally legitimate and worthy, ways you could approach this assignment.

Case Study Grading Scheme

Parts of a Case Study Per cent of grade using a ready-made case Per cent of grade using your own case

  1. Case Description

0%   20%

  1. Ethical Issue Statement

15%   10%

  1. Possible Answers/Resolutions

15%   10%

  1. Analysis: Relevant Facts, Ethical Values/Principles, and Consequences

55%   50%

  1. Statement of Resolution

15%   10%   Total 100% 100%



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