COMPUTERS ETHICS  SOCIETY and HUMAN VALUES                         Written Assignments       

 

  Each student is required to submit the following assignments according to the schedule for the semester. Check on the COURSE CALENDAR for the due dates. Follow the INSTRUCTIONS for PREPARING and SUBMITTING WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

Assignments are intended to provide for an assessment of the learner's achievement and progress. Assignments and parts of assignments are intended to assess the learner's motivation, reading comprehension, critical thinking skills and appreciation of philosophy. Assignments for modules 1 to 12 may be revised and resubmitted any number of times up to one week before the end of the semester. Assignments for modules 13 to 15 may be revised and resubmitted up to the last scheduled class.      Click on the module title below for the assignment for that module.   

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ORIENTATION and TRAINING

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Introduction

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Computers and Ethics

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Ethics

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Law: Free Speech and Censorship

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Intellectual Property

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Privacy

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Secrecy and Security

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MID COURSE EVALUATIONS and CHANGES

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Crime and Misbehavior

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Information Technology  Accountability

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Computing and Information Technology as Professions and Professional Codes

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Social Change

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Political Change

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Artificial Intelligence: Computers and Being Human

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CULMINATING ACTIVITIES Course Evaluation

MODULE  0 ORIENTATION
ASSIGNMENTS: ORIENTATION WEEK

For this first module you are expected to COMPLETE ALL the TEN STEPS TO START OFF

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Written Assignment for MODULE 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE

1. Reading Comprehension

From your readings on the history of computers and information networks and the internet take several of what were reported to be significant inventions, developments, applications and comment on why you agree or disagree with the judgment that they are significant.  Copy and paste the passages making the reports and offer the citations as to the source of those passages. CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2. Critical Thinking 

Here at the beginning of the semester make an attempt to describe what things humans consider of great and fundamental importance (Values) that appear to have any relation to the technological advances and applications involving computers and information networks and the internet.  Be very clear in indicating the values.

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Written Assignment for MODULE 2 COMPUTERS and ETHICS

1. Reading Comprehension

What is unique about computers as far as ethical issues?  How do policy vacuums come about? 

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.  CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

 2. Critical Thinking

How should the ethical problems presented by Computer Technology, Information Technology, Information Networks and the Internet be approached?

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Written Assignment for MODULE 3 ETHICS

1 . Reading Comprehension

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages. 

List at least three things that are wrong with or problems with each of these theories:

  1. EGOISM
  2. UTILITARIANISM
  3. CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE : Kant
  4. NATURAL LAW
  5. THEORY OF JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS-MAXI MIN : Rawls
  6. WILL TO POWER - Existentialist Theory of Nietzsche
  7. CARING- One of several Feminist Theories of Ethics
  8. NORMATIVE ETHICAL RELATIVISM<<< DISPROVEN and NOT a THEORY but a critique of all Ethics as being culturally based and no universal ethics possible.

2 . Critical Thinking

Which of the theories listed above do you think is the theory with the most acceptable disadvantages for you?  At this time in your life what are the values you hold highest?  Which ethical principles is most consonant or supportive of the values you hold highest? Which is the most acceptable theory to serve as the basis for a moral order in a society in which you would want to live?  Please indicate your familiarity with the readings in your answer.NOTE:  NORMATIVE ETHICAL RELATIVISM is DISPROVEN and NOT a THEORY but a critique of all Ethics as being culturally based and no universal ethics possible.

As you approach the various situations posing moral dilemmas or problems involving Computer Technology, Information Technology, Information Networks and the Internet what principles will you attempt to apply first to arrive at or agree with a position on the matter?  Whatever conclusions are reached as to what may be morally correct the analysis of the case and the reasoning used to support the position will need to be critically reviewed as alternatives are considered.  Over time some humans may develop into better moral beings capable of better reasoning and they may deepen in their moral convictions.  Is it possible that you might be one of them?

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Written Assignment for MODULE 4 Law: Free Speech and Censorship

1 . Reading Comprehension

Select from your readings the most important statement in favor of or arguments for freedom on the Internet and the most important statement or arguments against such freedom or limiting such freedom.   State why you think each passage is the best you have found and why it is better than some of the others.

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

State your own position on  Freedom of Speech on the Internet and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

Use this template or form to make certain that you include each part of the process-parts a to e

Label your parts with the letters a to e to make very clear that you have done each part.

Dialectical thinking: the 5 parts

 

VIDEO on Dialectical Process http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipPecorino#play/uploads/21/zziTWJPbYyU

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Written Assignment for MODULE 5 Intellectual Property

1 . Reading Comprehension

Select from your readings the most important statement in favor of or arguments for treating software as Intellectual Property and the most important statement or arguments against such a position that either argue against the IP right altogether or want it limited.   State why you think each passage is the best you have found and why it is better than some of the others.

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking  

State your own position Intellectual Property Rights and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle  and human value to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those ethical principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

Use this template or form to make certain that you include each part of the process-parts a to e

Label your parts with the letters a to e to make very clear that you have done each part.

Dialectical thinking: the 5 parts

VIDEO on Dialectical Process http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipPecorino#play/uploads/21/zziTWJPbYyU

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Written Assignment for MODULE 6 Privacy

1 . Reading Comprehension

Select from your readings the most important statement in favor of or arguments for maintaining as much privacy as is possible for individuals and groups and the most important statement or arguments against such a position that either argue against the right to privacy or who argue for the right of governments and corporations to monitor people.   State why you think each passage is the best you have found and why it is better than some of the others.

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

State your own position  Privacy in the Age of the Internet and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle  and human value to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those ethical principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

Use this template or form to make certain that you include each part of the process-parts a to e

Label your parts with the letters a to e to make very clear that you have done each part.

Dialectical thinking: the 5 parts

VIDEO on Dialectical Process http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipPecorino#play/uploads/21/zziTWJPbYyU

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Written Assignment for MODULE 7 Secrecy and Security

1 . Reading Comprehension

Select from your readings the most important statement in favor of or arguments for permitting individuals and groups and corporations to use encryption programs that can not be broken by governments and the most important statement or arguments against such a position that either argue against the right to have such software or who argue for the right of governments and corporations to limit what may be used only to what software encryption the government can circumvent.    State why you think each passage is the best you have found and why it is better than some of the others.  You may also state your own position and offer a defense for it.

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

State your own position  the Need for Secrecy and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle  and human value to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those ethical principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

Use this template or form to make certain that you include each part of the process-parts a to e

Label your parts with the letters a to e to make very clear that you have done each part.

Dialectical thinking: the 5 parts

VIDEO on Dialectical Process http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipPecorino#play/uploads/21/zziTWJPbYyU

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Written Assignment for MODULE 8 Mid Course Evaluations and Changes

1 .NO NEW READINGS !!!

2. NO WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT

Just respond in the Discussion Board to the lead questions concerning the class and how it is going.

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Written Assignment for MODULE 9 Crime and Misbehavior

1 . Reading Comprehension 

What is hacking and its various forms? Is it always illegal? 

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

Are any of the following activities immoral?   Defend your position using ethical principles and reasoning.

State your own position   The Morality of the Internet MisBehaviors  and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle  and human value to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those ethical principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

Use this template or form to make certain that you include each part of the process-parts a to e

Label your parts with the letters a to e to make very clear that you have done each part.

Dialectical thinking: the 5 parts

  • a. Take a position on this question or issue Be as exact as you can be.  Be precise in your use of language.
  • b.  Provide the reasons (ethical principles and human values) why you think this position is better defended by reason and evidence than are the alternative positions Position defended using reasoning in support of the judgment (conclusion of the  argument).  You state the reasons (ethical principles and human values) why the position you take makes sense and has evidence and reasons to support it other than your feelings or personal preference or your opinion or what you were brought up to believe or what just about everyone you know thinks or believes.   Philosophers have offered such reasons (ethical principles and human values) and evidence for the positions they have taken and you should consider them and if you agree you can and should so state them in support of your own position.
  • c.  State the reasons why you found the other positions flawed or less defensible than the one you are defending
  • d.  State the criticisms of your position
  • e.   Respond to the criticisms- rebuttal- how do you defend your position in light of those criticisms

VIDEO on Dialectical Process http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipPecorino#play/uploads/21/zziTWJPbYyU

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Written Assignment for MODULE 10 Information Technology  Accountability

1 . Reading Comprehension 

What is the problem of many hands ?

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

How are the designers, programmers and manufacturers and distributors of software accountable in any manner for their software?   Discuss both the legal notion of accountable as well as the moral notion of being accountable or blameworthy.

State your own position   The Morality of Accountability  and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle  and human value to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those ethical principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

Use this template or form to make certain that you include each part of the process-parts a to e

Label your parts with the letters a to e to make very clear that you have done each part.

Dialectical thinking: the 5 parts

 

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Written Assignment for MODULE 11  Computing and Information Technology as Professions and Professional Codes

1 . Reading Comprehension 

What are the professional responsibilities for those who make computers, software, information networks, and set up and maintain the Internet and internet sites? 

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

How is moral responsibility to be determined for those who make computers, software, information networks, and set up and maintain the Internet and internet sites?  What role do the various codes of the various professions play in answering this?  Are the codes the basis for responsibility or are they a reflection of it?

State your own position   The Morality of Professional Responsibility  and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle  and human value to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those ethical principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

Use this template or form to make certain that you include each part of the process-parts a to e

Label your parts with the letters a to e to make very clear that you have done each part.

Dialectical thinking: the 5 parts

 

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Written Assignment for MODULE 12 Social Change

1 . Reading Comprehension

Select from your readings the most important statements concerning the actual and potential impact of the computer and information technologies on society.  

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

State why you think each passage is the best you have found and why it is better than some of the others.  You may also state your own position and offer a defense for it.

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Written Assignment for MODULE 13 Political Change

1 . Reading Comprehension

Select from your readings the most important statements concerning the actual and potential impact of the computer and information technologies on democracy.  Be sure to include materials on how the technologies both support the democratic process and how they might threaten it as well including the creation of the Digital Divide.  

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

State why you think each passage is the best you have found and why it is better than some of the others.  You may also state your own position and offer a defense for it.

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Written Assignment for MODULE 14 Artificial Intelligence: Computers and Being Human

1 . Reading Comprehension

Select from your readings the most important statements concerning the actual and potential impact of artificial intelligence on the conceptions that humans have of themselves and of what makes a human, human.  

From your readings copy and paste the passages that address or answer this question and offer the citations as to the source of those passages.   CAUTION>  Do not select passages from the online textbook of Dr. Philip Pecorino!  They must be from the materials supplied through the links.

2 . Critical Thinking 

State what you think of the creation of artificial intelligence and entities that would make use of such intelligence.   Take a position on the moral legitimacy or justification for the creation of such entities and defend it using ethical principles.   State your own position and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

Use this template or form to make certain that you include each part of the process-parts a to e

Label your parts with the letters a to e to make very clear that you have done each part.

Dialectical thinking: the 5 parts

  • a. Take a position on this question or issue Be as exact as you can be.  Be precise in your use of language.
  • b.  Provide the reasons (ethical principles and human values) why you think this position is better defended by reason and evidence than are the alternative positions Position defended using reasoning in support of the judgment (conclusion of the  argument).  You state the reasons (ethical principles and human values) why the position you take makes sense and has evidence and reasons to support it other than your feelings or personal preference or your opinion or what you were brought up to believe or what just about everyone you know thinks or believes.   Philosophers have offered such reasons (ethical principles and human values) and evidence for the positions they have taken and you should consider them and if you agree you can and should so state them in support of your own position.
  • c.  State the reasons why you found the other positions flawed or less defensible than the one you are defending
  • d.  State the criticisms of your position
  • e.   Respond to the criticisms- rebuttal- how do you defend your position in light of those criticisms

VIDEO on Dialectical Process http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipPecorino#play/uploads/21/zziTWJPbYyU

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Written Assignment for MODULE 15:    CULMINATING ACTIVITY

Four (4) parts

PART I. ABOUT THE SUBJECT MATTER: FINAL EXERCISE Answer each of the questions below and submit

1. Which of the issues covered this semester has been the most important and why so?

2. Which of the issues covered this semester has meant anything to you personally and why so?

3. Why are not more people aware of these troublesome questions, issues or problems?

4. Now that you have been educated as to these issues in Computers and  Ethics in what way will they have any consequence in your life?

5. Are you in a better position now to think about and handle these issues using ethical principles?

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PART II.  ABOUT THE COURSE: FINAL EXERCISE 

1: What did you like best about this course? 

2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course? 

6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course? 

7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor?

8:  What advice do you offer to students who would be just entering the class at the very start of the semester?

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PART III.  COURSE OBJECTIVES

This course has nine objectives on a scale of 0 to 5 with 5 as the highest level , how well do you think that you have achieved these objectives?

Score 0 to 5   a.____  b. ______ c._______  d.________ e.______ f._____

 CUNY PATHWAYS Objectives

As of Fall 2013 according to CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and Vice Chancellor Alexandra Logue  the learning outcomes must be as indicated below

 D. Individual and Society
 

a. Students will understand philosophical texts effectively through readings in the textbook and ancillary documents and articles on a diversity of philosophical perspectives on Issues with Computers and information systems and networks. .  Learning Activities will include: Readings, Discussions and written assignments.

·      Gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view.

b. Students will critically evaluate philosophical theories concerning ethical Issues with Computers and information systems and networks .  Learning Activities will include: Readings, Discussions and written assignments.

·      Evaluate evidence and arguments critically or analytically.

c. Students will construct written essays, responses, and/or papers demonstrating the use of evidence-based information in drawing conclusions about ethical Issues with Computers and information systems and networks .  Learning Activities will include: Readings, Discussions and written assignments.

·      Produce well-reasoned written or oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions.

 

 

A course in this area (II.D) must meet at least three of the additional learning outcomes in the right column. A student will:

 

d. Students will identify the fundamental concepts and methods of philosophy and how these can be used to better understand the relationship between the individual and society via ethical Issues with Computers and information systems and networks. Discussions and written assignments. Learning Activities will include: Readings, Discussions and written assignments

·      Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a discipline or interdisciplinary field exploring the relationship between the individual and society, including, but not limited to, anthropology, communications, cultural studies, history, journalism, philosophy, political science, psychology, public affairs, religion, and sociology.

e. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate use of philosophical methods in analyzing different ethical perspectives related to ethical Issues with Computers and information systems and networks .. Learning Activities will include: Readings, Discussions and written assignments.

·      Articulate and assess ethical views and their underlying premises.

f. Identify and engage with local, national, or global trends and ideologies, and analyze their impact on individual or collective decision-making on ethical Issues with Computers and information systems and networks .. Learning Activities will include: Readings, Discussions and written assignments.

·      Identify and engage with local, national, or global trends or ideologies, and analyze their impact on individual or collective decision-making.

Score 0 to 5   a.____  b. ______ c._______  d.________ e.______ f._____

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PART IV. DIALECTICAL ETHICAL REASONING

Select which of your submitted work represents your estimate of your best effort at ethical dialectical reasoning and submit it again to me.

 Ethical Dialectical Thinking http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/SS770/outline-Ethical-Dialectical-Thinking.html

 Steps for presenting an ethical argument or a defense of a moral judgment using ethical dialectic

1. Position on the moral issues or dilemma made clear

2. Position defended using

a. reasoning in support of the judgment (conclusion of the moral argument)

b. Ethical Principles employed in the argument

c. Values used to select the ethical principles used in defense of the conclusion (judgment)

3. Consideration of alternative positions and the rejection of those alternatives in favor of the judgment made for the reasons given which employ ethical principles and values.

State your own position and offer a defense for it. Using the Ethical Dialectical Process of Thinking state what your ethical position would be on the moral question or dilemma or situation and why. You are to take a position and defend it. You should use some ethical principle to decide what you think is the morally correct thing to do. You must state those principles and explain how they have been applied to the situation. You should indicate that you have rejected alternative positions to your own and the reasons why you have done so.  In so doing you need to enunciate clearly the values and ethical principle(s) you are using to both reject the alternative positions and to defend or support your own.

VIDEO on Dialectical Process http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipPecorino#play/uploads/21/zziTWJPbYyU

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Free tutorial on doing research in Philosophy on the Internet.

http://www.humbul.ac.uk/vts/philosophy/index.htm

As for the search engine, you would enter:

hacking + ethics

privacy + ethics

Intellectual Property  + ethics

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Make sure to read the directions for each assignment carefully for details, due dates, and any thing else that may be specific to the assignment.

Format For Submitting Written Assignments 

EMAIL  ppecorino@qcc.cuny.edu   Do not send attachments!!!   Copy and paste your text from the word processor directly into the message window of the email.  In the subject line put:

first name , last name,  PHI 301 , assignment#

Evaluations

The evaluation for your assignment will appear directly in your document or with your document when returned to you by email or returned directly to you by the instructor.  Evaluations are private and can only be read by the student and professor.

OBSERVE THE DUE DATES!!   Check on due dates:

All written assignments may be revised and resubmitted.  At least one assignment must be submitted in draft form and then after receiving the instructor’s comments and suggestions, it is to be revised and resubmitted for formal assessment.  Students may resubmit their revised assignments no more than three times before the final day of class.

In all cases the written work must show evidence of the author’s awareness of the materials made available in the online textbook and through the related Internet links found in the Online Textbook that is part of the course.   Proper citations and accreditation are to be made evident in the body of the work. The learners are required to provide evidence of research and scholarship and to AVOID Plagiarism!

Criteria for evaluation of the written assignments is given under Course Information document titled ” How you will be evaluated.”  Other students will not view student written assignments anywhere within the course.  Students may send drafts of their work to their classmates and discuss them through the use of email.   They may discuss the assignment itself within the course in the Student Café.

Check on due dates:  Calendar

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