What a busy five weeks we have had! We have learned to use moral reasoning and examined many ethical theories in this course. These include virtue ethics, utilitarianism, social contract, deontology with goals (Hinduism and Buddhism), deontology with divine authority (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), relativism (individual and cultural), and deontology with a categorical imperative (Kant).
Think back about your impressions of each of these ethical systems and write a 1,000 to 1,250-word essay that addresses the following questions below. Be sure to write good introductory and concluding paragraphs in your essay.
Summarize the principle components of each of the seven ethical systems studied in this course (listed above), including the principle ethicist involved in developing the system. Use two or three sentences for each ethical system.
Which ethical system is most prevalent in the United States today? In the World? Explain your answer and support your response.
Which ethical system most closely matches your personal ethical system? Why do you think so? Explain your position.
Please give a short, personal example that supports your decision to identify your ethical system (3 or 4 sentences) and explain why it does so.
Examine your response to previous assignments in Modules 1 thru 4 in this course. Are there any inconsistencies or conflict between positions you took in earlier assignments and the ethical system identified in this paper? For example, monotheists (Christians, Muslims, and Jews) believe in universal maxims. Relativists do not think universal maxims are possible. One cannot, for example be a Christian and believe no universal maxims exist, which is a relativist position. Monotheism (Christianity) and relativism are polar opposites. If inconsistencies exist between your earlier answers and this paper, how do you resolve them in your ethical decision-making process in the real world?
Add at least three references to support your analysis in this paper.
Post a 4-5-page (1000-1250 -word) paper to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox by Saturday, February 1, 2014. Include a title and reference page (not included in the 4-5 page count). All written assignments and responses should follow citation rules for attributing sources using APA format. Please use Microsoft Word spelling/grammar checker before submitting your essay.
Assignment 1 Grading Criteria
Summarized the seven ethical theories examined in this course with detail and focus.
Identified which primary ethical system is most prevalent in the United States and the world, applying significant critical analysis of course concepts.
Detailed a personal ethical system using significant critical analysis of the assigned prompts, which references the assigned readings and/or course concepts.
Discussed (three or four sentences) a personal, professional, and/or social issue of the day to illustrate choice of ethical system.
Showed sufficient mastery of concepts to be able to identify inconsistencies within course responses and student’s ethical system.
Justified ideas and responses by using at least 3 appropriate scholarly examples and/or references from texts, and Web sites.
Style (8 points): Tone, audience, and word choice
Organization (16 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion
Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
APA Elements (24 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style