One of the most beneficial exercises in a course exploring ethics is to develop a paper that allows you the opportunity to create connections between your personal view of ethics and the theory under discussion. The nature of ethical decision making encompasses recognition, analysis and resolution. We often don’t make a decision because it’s ethical, but rather, because it makes sense from our personal view of the situation. That is, ethical decisions happen “after the fact” as we begin to see the actual implications of the decision.
With this in mind, your paper should explore current ethical issues in the workplace that are relevant to your current career or the career that you are preparing to pursue. Your task is to begin to explore the possible issues within your workplace and choose one to focus on throughout the course as you begin to build your final paper. Please consider the following as possible approaches for this final paper:
Illustrate the impact of organizational goals and objectives, structure, culture, environment, ethics policies, and incentive systems on ethical behavior within an organization
Evaluate and revise an ethics program to increase ethical behavior within an organizational environment.
Create and systematically apply a defensible ethical moral framework to a contemporary ethics issue. To systematically apply the ethical moral framework, you must use the framework consistently as you describe the ethics issue. Explore the issue using the framework you create. HINT: This is done through the application of an ethical theory.
For this activity, use corporate social responsibility topic to explore the possible issues within your workplace. Use MS Word to create a “one-page” document that describes your “topic and thesis sentence” for your Individual Research Project. Use the following resources to help you identify your topic:
NCSU Libraries. (2014, May 1). Picking your topic is research (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file] [3 min 10 sec]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0B3Gjlu-1o
Rosakis, L. (2007). Schaum’s quick guide to writing great research papers (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (2nd ed.). pp. 11-28. Retrieved from https://site.ebrary.com/lib/excelsior/reader.action?docID=10204587&ppg=25
OWL Purdue University Online Writing Lab. (2015). Developing strong thesis statements. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/1/
The topic of your project is a statement about the primary focus of your paper. This provides an overview of what you will explore. Your thesis, or topic sentence(s), tells the reader what your essay will discuss, explore, explain, argue, etc. This sentence(s) should provide a clear and concise statement about the point of your paper to help narrow the focus from the broader topic.
This assignment will be graded using the SBT Individual Research Project Rubric displayed below. Please review this rubric prior to beginning your work. You can also access the rubric on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module. Individual Research Project, in total, account for 30% of your course grade.