M12 – Contemporary Philosophers

M12 – Contemporary Philosophers

This week, you viewed 4 videos from contemporary philosophers.  Choose one to comment on. Your comment can be your own thoughts or it can be based on the questions posed below:

  1. Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace.  In your career you will be the supervisor and hiring authority. As supervisor, how will you find out whether the employee learned from his or her mistake?  What questions would you ask?
  2. The Drowning Child. Isn’t there a question about what we should spend our money on? Are we able to think whatever we want about right or wrong?
  3. The Alternative to Capitalism. What do you think about Chomsky’s proposed alternatives to capitalism? Are they mainstream ideas now?  Why or why not?
  4. Why marijuana is illegal. Does Chomsky’s argument about why marijuana is illegal still apply? How might he change his argument now that some states have made it legal?

M9 – The Hawthorne Effect

M9 – The Hawthorne Effect

As you will learn in your careers, your management style will grow and adapt based on who you are and who you supervise. You will also pick up and learn things (good and bad) from your past or current supervisors. For this week, what, if any, has been your experience with the Hawthorne effect on a job?  Answer this question and then choose one of the following to answer:  1) Describe a supervisor who inspired and motivated you – what were their characteristics or actions that made such a positive impact?  2) Describe a supervisor who was a poor supervisor (un-motivating, indecisive, uncaring, etc.) – what were their characteristics or actions that made you feel that way?

Module 8 – Case Study 8.4

Module 8 – Case Study 8.4

I know this Case Study could bring up some heated debates and varying opinions. That is the reason I have made it into a Class Discussion instead of a single post into Blackboard where no one sees it besides me. While you may have some very passionate opinions on this topic, be sure to keep your posts and replies professional, non-judgmental and your mind open to other’s positions. In your life, you will have to work with people who have different viewpoints than you on many topics.  You need to learn how to professionally discuss your perspective and ideas without aggravating coworkers with different viewpoints. Thanks for working on that skill now…

Post your initial answers by Wednesday at 11:30 PM.  Then be sure to reply to a classmate by Saturday at 11:30 PM.

Be sure to back up your argument with facts, references and sound reasoning.

Read Case Study 8.4 “Have Gun, Will Travel….to Work”

Answer the following questions in your post:  Questions 2, 3 and 4 at the end of the Case.  For question 4, since it is being debated at the state and federal levels, answer it in relation to schools and teachers.  Question 4 could be as follows:

4. A school could choose, if it wished, to allow teachers to bring guns not only into the parking lot but also into the school itself. Are there ever circumstances in which doing so might be reasonable? Or would the presence of guns automatically violate the rights of students or other teachers to be guaranteed a safe learning environment?  Feel free to comment on other aspects of having controlled guns in schools.

 

 

Module 7

Module 7

Post your initial discussion by Wednesday at 11:30 PM.  Then be sure to reply to a classmate by Saturday at 11:30 PM.

Who should pay the cost for protecting the environment? This is a question of social justice. Two popular answers are currently in circulation:

  1. Those responsible for causing the pollution ought to pay.
  2. Those who stand to benefit from protection and restoration should pay.

Comment on which of these answers you feel is the most accurate, or if you propose a third possible answer.   Be sure to back up your argument with facts, references and sound reasoning.

M5

M5

THIS WEEK, YOUR POST IS NOT DUE UNTIL SATURDAY, MARCH 3 AT 11:30 PM.  RESPONSES TO YOUR CLASSMATES ARE NOT REQUIRED, BUT THEY ARE ENCOURAGED.

Your Assignment:

Last week, your assignment was to watch “The Corporation.”  Although this film is over 15 years old, it is my hope it pulled at your heart strings and made you question some things about the corporate world.  This week, our Class Discussion centers around the film.  If you need instructions on creating a post, refer to previous modules.

Complete the following: Everyone must answer question #1 below.  Then you choose either A, B or C to answer (not all three). Copy the question (A, B or C) into your post so your classmates know what you are replying to.

1. For you, what was the most alarming part of this film?

A) Do you believe corporations are legal persons?  Why or Why Not?

B) One economist stated that within a corporation, “there was no soul to save and nobody to incarcerate.” Explain what he meant by that.

C) One company in the film stated that “falsifying news is not actually against the law.” Describe if you think this is an accurate statement in relation to ethical norms.  Defend your position.

Module 2

Module 2

QUICK INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. You cannot “Comment” on my original posts.
  2. You must create your own post.
  3. To do that, select the “+ New” menu in the dark grey bar above. Then select “Post.”
  4. This will bring up a new post. Enter a post title. This title must contain your last name. Consider using something like: M4 (Stickel) or Module 4 (Stickel) or 6/3 M2 (Your Last Name).
  5. Associate your post with the corresponding Module Category (M1, M2, etc.) when you create your post. These are located on the right side of your screen. Just click on the corresponding box.
  6. You can also “tag” your post based on what you’re writing about. Try “Choose from the most used tags” first and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, create your own tag. These tags are the topics you see at the right, under “What we’re talking about”.
  7. Lastly, don’t forget to save your post by selecting the “Publish” or “Update” button on the right.

THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT: At some point in your life, I hope you have observed some of these normative theories in action.  Choose a situation from your life and describe how it applies to one of the theories we have studied in Chapter 2 (Kant, Egoism, Utilitarianism, Good Will, Prima Facie Obligations, others, etc.). Discuss why you identified that particular situation with the stated theory. Be sure to describe the situation or example.  If you have not observed a theory in action in your life, find an example in our history and discuss how the theory applies to the situation.

Module 1

Module 1

QUICK INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. You cannot “Comment” on my original posts.
  2. You must create your own post.
  3. To do that, select the “+ New” menu in the dark grey bar above. Then select “Post.”
  4. This will bring up a new post. Enter a post title. This title must contain your last name. Consider using something like: M4 (Stickel) or Module 4 (Stickel) or 6/3 M2 (Your Last Name).
  5. Associate your post with the corresponding Module Category (M1, M2, etc.) when you create your post. These are located on the right side of your screen. Just click on the corresponding box.
  6. You can also “tag” your post based on what you’re writing about. Try “Choose from the most used tags” first and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, create your own tag. These tags are the topics you see at the right, under “What we’re talking about”.
  7. Lastly, don’t forget to save your post by selecting the “Publish” or “Update” button on the right.

THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT:  How do we develop our ethics? What are the primary sources for us to develop our ethical position?

Module 3

We are three (3) weeks into the term.  By now, I hope you are familiar with posting into Word Press. I am posting these QUICK INSTRUCTIONS one more time.  If you need them for subsequent modules, refer back to M1, M2 or M3.

  1. You cannot “Comment” on my original posts.
  2. You must create your own post.
  3. To do that, select the “+ New” menu in the grey bar above. Then select “Post.”
  4. This will bring up a new post. Enter a post title. This title must contain your last name. Consider using something like: M4 (Stickel) or Module 4 (Stickel) or 6/3 M2 (Your Last Name).
  5. Associate your post with the corresponding Module Category (M1, M2, etc.) when you create your post. These are located on the right side of your screen. Just click on the corresponding box.
  6. You can also “tag” your post based on what you’re writing about. Try “Choose from the most used tags” first and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, create your own tag. These tags are the topics you see at the right, under “What we’re talking about”.
  7. Lastly, don’t forget to save your post by selecting the “Publish” or “Update” button on the right.

THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT:

In this discussion post, we are going to get digital.  Now that you have experience creating and posting a video (Your Intro), your post for this module must be something other than written text. Find a creative way to answer one of these questions:

What answer would each theory of Justice give to the following questions (we have studied three):

  1. Is it right for the government give a huge bail out to banks to keep them in business?
  2. Can it ever be unjust to accumulate wealth?

Some suggestions to get you in a creative mindset:

  1. Interview someone in the business or government. Video record it.
  2. Use video or audio to record your answers.
  3. Create an “infographic” or poster that represents your thoughts on this question.
  4. Find a video on the web which addresses the question. Be sure to provide some of your own insight.

Module 6

Time to get digital again. This week, you will research a situation/example of egregious corporate mis-doings which led to either consumer losses, the enactment of new protection law, safety recall, justice investigations or just better hindsight. Post the video you found along with a short synopsis (no more than a paragraph) of your insight into the unethical behavior and the outcome. Here are a few examples (Bernie Madoff, Enron, Subprime Mortgages, Lehman Brothers).  We want diversity, so try not to duplicate someone else’s example.

Module 10

Some would contend that as long as no one was injured by insider trading, or bribes and kickbacks, then there is nothing morally wrong with such practices. Discuss this claim with respect to the theories we have studied. Can the contention be defended?  What is your ultimate conclusion about the morally acceptability of these practices? Post your answer in text but add creativity (Video, Audio, Info Graphic) for 10 extra credit points.

Module 11

After reading Chapter 11 (and the Cases), choose a topic in the text (Affirmative Action, Comparable Worth, Sexual Harassment, etc.) or bring in another example of job discrimination (age, sexual orientation, disability, etc.) and provide your insight into the impact it has on the employee, other staff, work environment, organizational culture, etc. Provide documented facts from an outside example.

4/28 – Module 13

After watching the videos, post a comment or response.  This is not a graded assignment.

Workplace issues:

Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace: The Ethics Guy on ABC News

 

Philosophical presentations:

Peter Singer – Drowning Child

 

Noam Chomsky – The Alternative to Capitalism

Noam Chomsky – Why Marijuana is Illegal and Tobacco is Legal

Module 4

Module 4

THIS WEEK YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REPLY TO YOUR CLASSMATES WHICH MEANS YOUR POST IS NOT DUE UNTIL SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT 11:30 PM (not Wednesday).

Quick instructions are included here one last time.

  1. You cannot “Comment” on my original posts.
  2. You must create your own post.
  3. To do that, select the “+ New” menu in the dark grey bar above. Then select “Post.”
  4. This will bring up a new post. Enter a post title. This title must contain your last name. Consider using something like: M4 (Stickel) or Module 4 (Stickel) or 6/3 M2 (Your Last Name).
  5. Associate your post with the corresponding Module Category (M1, M2, etc.) when you create your post. These are located on the right side of your screen. Just click on the corresponding box.
  6. You can also “tag” your post based on what you’re writing about. Try “Choose from the most used tags” first and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, create your own tag. These tags are the topics you see at the right, under “What we’re talking about”.
  7. Lastly, don’t forget to save your post by selecting the “Publish” or “Update” button on the right

Your Assignment:

This week we have reviewed Capitalism and the moral arguments for and the moral arguments against such a system. Our Weekly Discussion is centered around the moral arguments about “sweatshops.” Although the article is 10 years old, it still contains relevant information and provides for a good debate. Read the article below and then answer the questions below.

http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2008/Powellsweatshops.html

  1. How can you justify the role of “sweatshops” after reading “In Defense of International Sweatshops?”
  2. Do some research and read at least one other article(s) with the opposing view.  What are the arguments against sweatshops? Provide the reference.
  3. What should large conglomerates do regarding the use of “sweatshops?”   Defend your position with facts from another article.