Part A – Consequential Ethical Analysis
You are required to select one of the five topics listed below and clearly define one focused and specific ethical question relevant to your chosen topic which you will analyse in both assignments 1 and 2.
The five topics are
- Media, advertising or journalism (including social media);
- The operating, investing or financing activities of multinational business organisations;
- The taking of human or non-human life;
- Artificial intelligence, robots, or any new technology;
- Equity, diversity, multiculturalism, immigration (in the workforce or society).
- Select one of the five topics.
By carefully following the extensive guidelines provided in the Study Guide clearly and concisely define one specific ethical question relevant to one of the five topics in
- Explain why your specific ethical problem is important and worthy of your analysis?
- Identify and fully reference 6 key facts relevant to the analysis of your ethical question.
- Analyse the ethical act central to your ethical question using act utilitarianism by forecasting three important positive and three important negative consequences.
- Provide an ethical conclusion which compares expected positive with negative consequences including an estimate as to whether net utility will rise or fall.
Part B – Non-Consequential Ethical Analysis
This assignment is a continuation of Assignment 1 Part A and you must analyse the same ethical question which you defined in Part A.
Restate your ethical question from Assignment 1 Part A on page 1 of Assignment 1 Part B. You can modify the precise wording of your ethical question drawing on feedback provided in Assignment 1 Part A.
- Identify the act central to your ethical question.
- Identify 2 virtues relevant to the morality of the act central to your specific ethical question. Define each virtue in no more than one sentence.
- Discuss the morality of the act central to your ethical question by comparison with your 2 chosen virtues.
- Apply Kant’s categorical imperative by completing the following tasks. You need to support any yes/no answers with reasons.
- Define a specific rule which authorises the act central to your ethical question.
- Define the general rule which authorises the act central to your ethical question.
- Is the general rule inherently self-contradictory? Why or why not?
- Does the general rule violate Kant’s practical imperative or any of Kant’s other absolute moral rules?
- Is the general rule contrary to its fundamental purpose?
- Is the act ethical according to Kant’s ethical system?
Provide an ethical conclusion by comparing your conclusions from the act utilitarian analysis in Assignment 1 Part A, your virtue ethics and Kantian analyses in Assignment 1 Part B, and drawing on your own ethical conscience.