Blog Posts/Ethics Journal
Each student in the class is required to have a class-specific Word Press blog (if you already have a WordPress blog you will create a new one for the course). You are also required to follow and comment on at least one of your classmates’ posts each week. For each assigned blog post you must post an ethics analysis of a current news item (appearing in your source within the past week). Your post must include a link to the original source of the new item (your newspaper of choice). Below the link give a brief summary of the situation. Then provide an extended analysis of the situation using concepts learned in class. Each post should consist of approximately 40% summary and 60% ethical analysis. While we are building and refining our ethical knowledge you may choose to focus on common ethical concepts such as rights (e.g., workers’ rights, patients’ rights, consumers’ rights), duties (e.g., a business’ duties to its shareholders/stakeholders, a physician’s duties to her patients, a journalist’s duties to tell the truth or not disclose confidential sources), obligations, virtues (e.g., honesty, charity, etc.), vices (e.g., greed, dishonesty, etc.), justice/fairness (e.g., discrimination, social injustice, disproportionate retributive justice, etc.). In your blog post explain how the concept(s) apply to the situation and how a better knowledge of these concepts could have improved the situation.
- Each post is due by 10AM on the day it is due.
- No late blog posts will be accepted.
- Begin the title of each post with the BP#
- Your speech topic and speech recording are posts additional to your running blog posts. Title these posts “Speech Topic” and “Speech Recording” respectively.
- Your posts should refer to at least one recent reading from the textbook.
- You are not permitted to blog on a topic/ news story someone else has already posted to Word Press unless your ethical analysis is significantly different (focuses on different issues or disagrees about the issues) from the existing post
- Your blog posts must be 250-300 words in length.
- Your blogs are a very important because they will also inform your individual speeches and group project.
- Try to focus on new items in your intended career path. Many newspapers will have sections dedicated to health news, public policy, technology, business, etc. A good resource for your blog posts will be the Opinion pages of the newspaper.