A case study BP and the deapwater Horizon

CaseStudyInstructions

Students willcomposeonelongcasestudypaperandsubmitittothe

appropriateDropboxby theendofthis course.Inits mostbasic form,thetermpaperis anethicalexplorationofacurrenteventthathas happenedinthelast18-24months.Yourinstructorwillprovidealistofcurrentevents thatyoucanchoosefromas atopic ofyourcasestudypaperintheClassIntroductionDiscussion.

Thecasestudy willcontaintendistinctsections,tobeseparatedby theappropriatesubtitles,andwritteninnarrativestylethroughout(exceptforEthicalIssues section–explainedintheCaseStudyOutline).

Eachofthesesections willbecreatedandsubmittedinthreeseparateparts
throughoutthecourse.

Task1is dueby theendofModule2andwillincludetheThesis Statement,
Facts Summary,Ethics Issues,andReferences sections oftheCaseStudy.

Task2is dueby theendofModule4andwillincludetheMy PositionandOpposingArguments sections.

Task3isdueby theendofModule6andwillincludetheremainingsections oftheCaseStudy:EthicalAnalysis sections I,II,andIII,andtheConclusionsection.

Then,students willreviseandcombineallthreeparts oftheCaseStudy
assignmentandsubmititintheappropriateDropboxby theendofModule8.

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CaseStudySections

1)AThesisStatement.Athesis statementis onesentencewhichsets outthetasks youwillcompleteinthebody oftheessay.Thesis statementmustincludeatleasttheyearandlocationoftheevent.This statementcanbebuiltfromtheassignmentitselfandhavethegeneralform:”Inthis essay,Iprovideanethicalassessmentof[specificcurrentevent]by:settingoutabriefsummary ofthefacts;
statingseveralkey ethicalissues;andconsideringcriticalarguments.”(4pts.);

2)ASummaryoftheFacts(minimum300words)ofonespecific currentevent,
usingneutral,unbiasedlanguage.(20pts)

Facts shouldincludespecific informationabouttheevent,i.e.

ospecific date(s)
oname(s)
olocation(s)
obehavior(s)etc.
This informationshouldbetakenfromnews mediaandprofessionalpublishedliterature(nonfiction)thatyoucanreference.

Youcannotusepersonalexperienceas asource.YouarealsoforbiddenfromusingWikipediaandalmostallexclusively onlinematerials (seereferencessectionbelowformoredetail).

Youmustincludeatleast3references(usingAmericanPsychologicalAssociation[APA]style)inthefacts sectiontodemonstrateyourrelianceonobjectivesources.

Youmustuseatleast5inlinecitations inthewholeofyourcasestudy.

3)AstatementofthemainEthicalIssues(atleast5issues)oftheevent,usingneutral,unbiasedlanguage.Bulletpointeachethicalissueusingasinglesentencephrasedas aspecific question.Ethicalquestions arevaluesquestions.
They ask things like”should”or”ought.”They focus onrights andresponsibilities;
matters ofjusticeandfairness.Avoidusingtheword”ethical”intheformulationofyourquestionandbeas specific as possible.(8pts.)

4)YourPosition(orPosition1)ontheethicalissue(s)withsupportingarguments.Usecitations fromthenews mediaandprofessionalliteratureyou’veresearchedtoback-upyourclaims andarguments.
(Minimum300words)

Whatis yourpositionoronepositionapersoncouldtakewithregardtothis issue?
Didthemorally rightthinghappen?Ifso,why,andhowdoyouknowitwas therightthing?Whatareyourreasons andjustifications?Ifthewrongthinghappened,whatwas thatwrongthing?Howdoweknowit’s thewrongthing?
Whatshouldhavehappenedandwhy?(20pts.)

5)OpposingArgumentsthatcouldbeusedagainstyourposition/Position1.
(Minimum300words)

Sections 4and5mustincludeequally welldevelopedarguments.Usecitations
fromthenews mediaandprofessionalliteratureyou’veresearchedtoback-upyouropposingclaims andarguments (20pts).

6)EthicalAnalysis#1(VirtueorSocialContractAnalysis)(24pts)

(Minimum300words)

Howwouldavirtueethicistsuchas AristotleORHobbes respondtothis event?
Whatsortofquestions wouldthey ask?Howandwhy wouldthey assesstheevent?Whatwouldbethegreateststrengthand/orgreatestweakness ofthis
perspective?(Note:chooseonly oneperspectiveforAnalysis section#1:useVirtueEthics orSocialContractTheory,butnotboth.)

7)EthicalAnalysis#2(Duty Ethics Analysis)(24pts)

(Minimum300words)

HowwouldKant,oradutyethicist,respondtothis event?Whatsortofquestions
wouldthey ask?Howandwhy wouldthey assess theevent?Whatwouldbethegreateststrengthand/orgreatestweakness ofthis perspective?

8)EthicalAnalysis#3(UtilitarianAnalysis)(24pts)

(Minimum300words)

HowwouldMilloraUtilitarianrespondtothis event?Whatsortofquestions
wouldthey ask?Howandwhy wouldthey assess theevent?Whatwouldbethegreateststrengthand/orgreatestweakness ofthis perspective?

9)ConcludingRemarks(8pts)Whichethicalanalysisresponsedoyouthink is
superiorandwhy?Howdoyourespondtothegreatestweakness youpointoutaboutthis position?

10)AReferenceListwithreferences presentedinAPAstyle.

Youmustincludeatleastfiveprofessionalreferencesinthis list.Onlinesources may ONLYbeusedifthey areprofessionalsourcesthatarealsoavailableinprintorotherwisebroadcastinpublic mediaformat,(forexample,
majornewspapers arebothinprintandonline;professionalnews organizations
likeCNNorCBSnews arebothonlineandtelevised;NationalPublic Radiois
bothonlineandbroadcastviaradio.)

AtleastONEofyourreferences mustbefromaprofessional,peer-reviewedsource,suchas atextbook oraprofessionaljournal.(8pts)

Youmaynotuseanywhereinyourcasestudy:Wikipedia,orANYANDALLpersonal,amateur Webpages andblogs (eventhoseby persons associatedwithnewspapers).

YouMAYUSEorganizationalandgovernmentalWeb pagesassupplementalsources,butthey willnotcounttowardyourfiverequiredsources.

11)8points areawardedforcorrectspelling,grammar,composition,andadherencetoAPAstylerequirements.APAstylerequirements include:

oUseofboldedheaders
o Double spacing
oAPAstyleinlinecitations forbothdirectquotes andfactualcitations
oReferences mustbepresentedaccordingtoAPAstyle
oCoverpage;abstract;andrunningheadernotrequired

CriticalWriting Guidelines

Using YourOwnWords

Towriteyourcasestudy,Iexpectyoutorely onprofessional,publishedsources
fortheinformationyouprovide,particularly intheFactssection.Ialsoexpectyouprimarily touseyourownwordsthroughoutallthesectionsofthepaper.

Ifyoudousetheexactwordsfromasourceforafewbriefquotes,(notmorethan5%ofyourentirepaper)youmustdotwothings:

1)Clearly indicatethatthewords areadirectquoteby settingthemapartwithquotationmarks ifunder40words orsingle-spacedindentationandnoquotationmarks ifover40words.

2)Provideareferenceimmediately afterthequotation.Tofailtodothesetwothings is plagiarism,whichis bothunethicaland–inthis course–grounds forfailureontheassignment(i.e.zeropoints earned).

Lengthy quotations (i.e.morethantwosentences)arenotallowedinthecasestudy assignment.

Inaddition,itis alsoplagiarismtoparaphraseasource–useanotherperson’skey
words,phrases orideas–withoutbothgivingthatpersoncredit(e.g.AccordingtoJaneDoe…,JimSmithconcludedthat…),andprovidingareferencesourceimmediately afterthesummary oftheidea.

CommonCaseStudyErrors

1)Thepaperfails tohaveathesis statement;
2)Thepaperis notononeoftheapprovedevents;
4)Someoralloftheessentialfacts arenotreported,forexamplename(s),

date(s),person(s)involved,location(s)ofevent,behaviorofperson(s)involved;

5)Aminimumofthreeappropriate,independentreferences (inlinecitations)arenotcitedinthesummary offactssection;
6)Aminimumoffiveinlinecitations arenotcitedintheentirecasestudy;
7)Aminimumofoneprofessionalorpeer-reviewedsourceis notused;
8)Directquotes areusedwithouttheuseofquotemarks and/orcitingof

references (this is plagiarism);

9)Paraphrasingis donewithoutgivingcredittosourceand/orcitingareference(this is plagiarism);
10)IncorrectAPAstyleis usedinthecitingofreferences inthebody ofthepaper

and/orinthereferencelist;
11)Biasedlanguageis usedinthesummary offacts and/orintheethicalissues

(note:avoidwritinginthesecondperson-directly addressingthereaderas
“you”);
12)Theopposingarguments arenotdevelopedas wellas yourown/”position

one”arguments.
13)Theethicalanalysis sections areinsufficientlydeveloped(300wordminimum)

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