PHL/MGT 248 Business Ethics
DUE 21 November at 12:00 PM (noon) via D2L
In a 1500-2000 word essay, address a contemporary issue from the business world, broadly
construed, and discuss and evaluate it through an ethical framework (or frameworks) that we
have discussed this quarter.
This final essay provides you with a great deal of freedom to pick a topic that interests you and
to evaluate that topic in any way you see fit, so long as you are appealing in great detail to
primary sources we have read this quarter. This means not only stating what, for example, Kant
thinks (e.g. lying is wrong), but precisely why he comes to the conclusions he does. This will
involve showing your in-depth knowledge of texts we have read this quarter, and then
demonstrating how these ideas are either relevant or not to a contemporary example from the
Note: I am not evaluating you based on how well you can state your own personal beliefs. These
will no doubt come into play, either implicitly or explicitly, but you will be graded for how well
you present the texts we have studied and bring them into conversation with one another, not
what your own personal position on a matter is.
I will be posting various possible contemporary issues to D2L that you might want to write on.
You may choose one of these, or you may come up with your own. However, if you choose your
own topic, you must consult me by November 14 and propose the topic you will be discussing,
and what texts you will be using to discuss it. I will then either approve it as a topic or ask you to
revise it. If you choose a topic from D2L you do not have to ask for approval on your decision.
Half of your essay should be dedicated to outlining the issue at hand and the relevant ethical
frameworks you will be using to evaluate it. Only one ethical framework is necessary, but you
are welcome to integrate various perspectives that we have studied this quarter.
The second half of the essay will be an opportunity for you to bring the thinker(s) into dialogue
with the contemporary issue you have chosen, and for you to evaluate what such a comparison
shows that may not otherwise be apparent.
Your thesis statement will state exactly what it is you are arguing in the second half of the paper.
In some ways constructing a good thesis statement will be the most difficult part of this
assignment. I have attached a document on D2L that aims to further help you with this, and more
will be said in class.
Your paper should be organized in a standard essay-format, with an introduction, body, and
conclusion. A clear thesis statement should appear somewhere in the opening (i.e. introductory)
paragraph. Mark your thesis statement by underlining it. 1-inch margins, 12 pt. Times New
Roman font, and double-spacing should also be implemented.
You must frequently cite the texts you are discussing, and your grade is dependent on you using
citations properly and formatting them in a consistent way (you may choose the style of your
choice, but make sure it is consistent).
All quotes or paraphrasing of any text or source should include citations, and failure to do
so will result in an F on the assignment.
If you would like me to look over any draft, outline, notes, etc. you may send me what you have
by November 14th and I will return notes on what you have sent within a few days (keep in mind
that the deadline for your final version is November 21st). I am also happy to meet in person and
discuss your paper with you.
A rubric and further instructions on writing a good thesis have been posted to D2L.
PHL/MGT 248 Rubric for Final Paper
Strong thesis supported by evidence
from the text
Firm understanding of the concepts in
the texts exhibited
Excellent glosses of quotes and
definitions of terms provided
Few to no compositional errors
Unclear thesis or little support for
thesis throughout paper
Unoriginal analysis and interpretation
Evident misunderstandings of several
points in more than one text present
Poor glosses of quotes or definitions
of terms offered
Thesis supported by textual evidence
Some original analysis and
interpretation that remains
Good understanding of concepts
expressed (perhaps a
misunderstanding of a point in one
Adequate glosses of quotes and
definitions of terms included
Some compositional errors
No identifiable thesis or no support for
thesis throughout paper
No analysis or interpretation
No demonstrable knowledge of texts
or a fundamental misunderstanding of
one of the texts
No glosses of quotes of definitions of
Significant compositional errors
Purchase answer to see full