“What do grown children owe their parents? I will contend that the answer is ‘nothing’…The duties of grown children are those of friends and result from love between them and their parents…” –Jane English
1. Your parents gave you up for adoption at a young age, because at the time they had you they were young and had little in the way of financial resources. They thought that your being adopted by well-educated parents with financial security would be in your best interests. Thirty years have passed and by some stroke of fortune your biological parents found you, and one of them needs a kidney and you are the best match. Would you give up a kidney for your biological parent in need? Why or why not?
2. How does English’s contention (see quotation above) compare and contrast with Yutang’s contention that “a natural man loves his children, but a cultured man loves his parents”?
2.1. Apply one of the ethical perspectives from Kant, Mill and Aristotle to the CULTURAL attitudes about a child’s relationship with his or her parents. (Cf.5)
2.2. How would you use your philosophical/ethical reasoning skills to determine what your MORAL responsibility is, if any, to your biological parents? Would it be different if it were someone not related to you that were in need? How and why?
3. After completing all questions, analyze a classmate’s post and examine if his or her answer is grounded on a philosophical worldview which is grounded in CULTURE. Do culture and a resultant philosophical worldview which influence ethical principles ultimately influence his or her ethical decision?
The Business Ethics Assignment is a case study which includes ethical issues for the characters involved. You’ll be asked to analyse and evaluate the ethical dilemma, and propose a course of action for the character(s) in the case.
1. Get the timing right
Most students find that they take about two hours to consider the dilemma and no more than two hours to write their response (including referring to their course notes for guidance). We recommend that you read the case study first and then spend some time reflecting on it. This will give you time to think about and refine your answer rather than jumping in and writing your answer straight away.
2. Get some outside input if you can
You can discuss the assignment with others (e.g. other students, family and friends) as this can be a useful part of the process of contemplating an ethical dilemma. However it is important that you write your answer completely independently as you will be asked to certify that you have not used anyone else’s work. Remember that copying someone else’s work isn’t allowed under any circumstances.
3. Consider the format you will use
With the BEA there is no prescribed format so we don’t require you to present your answer as a formal report – an essay style approach is acceptable. However, as with any piece of , you should use headings and sub-headings to enable the marker to follow a logical flow of ideas. Most importantly, your recommended course of action (i.e. the action you would take in these specific