Define the issue in terms of its significance to the field (for

A Significant Ethical Issue in …..

(Professional area to be selected by student based upon personal interest and knowledge)


A significant ethical issue confronting a professional field will be determined by the student.  It is expected that students will choose a field in which they expect to be involved upon graduation.  The issue should be specific enough that the student can fully describe and address it in the following ways:

Describe the issue in “lay-person” terms and provide definitions for any technical terminology being used.  This should be written as if it were to be published in a venue being read by practitioners in the field but also the interested public.

Define the issue in terms of its significance to the field (for example, has it always been an issue or is it of greater significance now and why? Is it an issue in the U.S. or developed countries, or western society, or is it universal?)  Are there potential ramifications if the issue is not addressed or is left unresolved?  What are they?

Describe various factual and normative arguments surrounding the issue from differing “sides”. Apply at least 3 ethical theories. This means thoroughly defining each theory with at least 2 separate, credible sources and then step by step explaining how the issue applies or rejects the ethical theory.

Identify the prominent representatives of each of the perspectives involved, i.e. who is voicing the argument?  What do they represent?  What do they base their views upon?  

What is your position?  Support your views with appropriate arguments from those presented.


Please use the “Paper #1 Worksheet” to help you identify and prepare the topic you choose for the paper.


Minimum 1000 words, 30% MAXIMUM Similarity. Double spaced, proper APA cover page, running head, 3 ethical theory subheadings, introduction, and conclusion with headings.


Six or more well-rounded, peer-reviewed ethical theory sources (philosophical in nature).

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