Doing Good and Avoiding Evil
by Lisa Newton
Dr. Lisa Newton has written this manual for use in her courses in professional and practical ethics and has consented to having it posted for wider use. It has an extensive collection of cases and supplies a method for coming to understand the sorts of ethical problems that arise for professionals, among other things. If you quote the manual or use it, you should cite Dr. Newton as the author, give the title, and cite the web site address as the source.
Ethical Decision Making in Social Work
by Wade Robison & Linda Reeser
The following text is downloadable via Adobe pdf, and it is free. We would appreciate your citing the text and the authors if you make use of the text. You also need to mention that the text was originally published by Allyn & Bacon (Needham Heights, MA: 2000). The ISBN is 0-205-30779-5.
You may download the entire book by clicking on the title below. Each chapter may be downloaded by clicking on the chapter title. You may also download each section of each chapter, including the questions, by clicking on each section title.
by Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius was Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180 AD. He governed over a golden era of the Roman Empire. Despite being an emperor Marcus had a difficult life. Marcus ruled as a philosopher king, he practiced Stoicism and wrote about his own Stoic practice in his journals. Meditations is considered one of the pillars of western philosophy and literature. It is also a rare primary source into the mind of a man who ruled over one of the greatest empires built by man.
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
by David Brooks
Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy—who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn’t my mountain after all. There’s another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain.
13th – BLM Resource
Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.
A Major Malfunction
On Jan. 28, 1986, seven astronauts "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God." America's space program was never the same.
Academic Integrity: The Bridge To Professional Ethics
Produced by the Center for Applied Ethics at Duke University. Script was written by Aarne Vesilind, the Center's director at the time of production.
BBC Radio-Ethics Videos
The BBC 4 Radio station on YouTube is an excellent source of short video presentations on ethical topics.
Clemency – BLM Resource
Rent on Amazon or iTunes: Bernadine Williams is a prison warden who, over the years, has been drifting away from her husband while dutifully carrying out executions in a maximum security prison. When she strikes up a unique bond with death-row inmate Anthony Woods, a layer of emotional skin is peeled back, forcing Bernadine to confront the complex-and often contradictory-relationship between good intentions, unrequited desires, and what it means to be sanctioned to kill.
How to Steal $500 Million
Frontline begins at approximately 1 hour into program.
How to use videos to promote ethical discussions
Videos and TED Talks are another great source for stimulating classroom discussions. Click here to read some tips on how to integrate videos into your ethical discussions.
TED Talk – Ethics Videos
TED Talks have many relevant topics that address issues and raise ethical questions.
The 59 Story Crisis: A Lesson in Professional Behavior
William LeMessurier, one of the nation's most distinguished structural engineers, served as design and construction consultant on the innovative Citicorp headquarters tower, which was completed in 1977 in New York. The next year, after a college student studying the tower design had called him to point out a possible deficiency, LeMessurier discovered that the building was indeed structurally deficient. LeMessurier faced a complex and difficult problem of professional responsibility in which he had to alert a broad group of people to the structural deficiency and enlist their cooperation in repairing the deficiency before a hurricane brought the building down. His story was recounted in detail in "The Fifty-Nine-Story Crisis," which appeared in the May 29, 1995 issue of The New Yorker, and on November 17, 1995, LeMessurier himself came to MIT, from which he received his doctorate, to speak to prospective engineers about the decisions he had to make and the actions he took.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – BLM Resource
Rent on Amazon or iTunes: he Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.
Center for Applied Ethics
Another set of ethics codes which includes Canadian professional societies.
Escape! by NOVA
NOVA has a four-part series that lays out what engineers have done in response to past disasters to make accidents more survivable. The aim is to engineer so as to avoid harm.
Illinois Institute of Technology
A catalog of over 850 codes of ethics
The Mudough Center at Texas Tech contains, among its other features, a nice set of cases in engineering ethics.
A very well-organized and thorough site devoted to ethical issues in engineering and science, including research ethics. It contains cases among its numerous resources as well as a host of useful links.
Software Engineering Ethics Research Institute
Here you can find a short list of codes of ethics and a very good list of links to ethics centers and general ethics information
The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society
Western Michigan University has a useful manual on how to handle ethical cases and a set of cases on engineering ethics developed by Michael Pritchard through an NSF grant. These case studies have sets of comments by philosophers and engineers.
The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
De Montefort University is one of the best sites for computer science. It has a European flavour, its treatment of privacy, for instance, evolving around the European Union's responses to the issue. It is fairly thorough and is updated frequently.
University of Delaware
The University of Delaware has developed a booklet and on-line quiz regarding ethically responsible computer use that is required of all its students.
Video Case Studies in Business Ethics and Ethics
James Brusseau at Pace University has assembled some video case studies for business ethics.
Virginia Tech Dept of Computer Science
Another set of codes of ethics curated by the Virginia Tech Comp Sci Department
Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Case Studies
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) host an intercollegiate ethics bowl competition. Click here to visit their site which has case studies as well as resources for those competing and judging.
National High School Ethics Bowl Case Archive
The Parr Center for Ethics at UNC-Chapil Hill, runs the national high school ethics bowl. Click here to see their archive of ethical case studies based on current events.
Role-Playing Ethical Dilemmas: Tips & Scenarios
Ethical role-playing is another activity to encourage students to apply the ethical reasoning and decision-making processes they are learning in class to concrete ethical situations or practical problems. Click here to learn more about how to use-role playing to explore ethical issues.
Thought Experiments- Tips & Scenarios
Thought experiments are hypothetical situations that test our intuitions in ways that challenge us to examine the adequacy of our habitual beliefs. Thought experiments can help reveal inconsistencies and a lack of clarity in our thinking by triggering counter examples and by raising questions in new and creative ways. They also force us out of our comfort zone and allow us to explore possibilities we may have previously rejected. They can also be an effective way to introduce a topic or philosopher. All in all, thought experiments are a great way to stimulate classroom discussions.
Using Case Studies
The purpose of case studies is to give students an opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical tools they are learning in their ethics courses. Click the link to see the case study analysis process.