Assignment: Paper 1: Ethical Dilemma (This is a Public Policy Course)
There are three written assignments required in this course on Ethics and Social Justice. In your three papers, which should be regarded as a series, you are asked to serve (role play) as the person who is in leadership or in a consultant role for an actual public or nonprofit organization. It is strongly suggested that your selected organization (or perhaps a division or branch of that organization) employ between five and 300 employees. Your focus throughout will be on (a) the decision-making required for an ethical dilemma you identify and (b) social justice implications of that decision.
Regarding the organization you select:
You are the person who will make the selection.
The organization you pick must be either nonprofit or public (governmental). You are not to select a “for profit” organization.
The organization can be one in which you presently work or one in which you were employed or where you served as a volunteer. In fact, it is preferable if you select an organization with which you have greater familiarity and/or interest.
Select an organization that can be the focus of all three of your papers.
If you have any question about the organization you are considering, be sure you contact your professor.
To protect confidentiality, you may decide to change the name of the organization, the name of its key stakeholders, and/or the identity of its decision-makers.
The focus of the three papers:
The Ethical Dilemma (due at the end of Week 4)
Structures, Controls, and Policies to Address the Ethical Challenge (due at the end of Week 7)
Identifying and Implementing the Ethical Choice (due at the end of Week 10)
The minimum number of peer-reviewed sources (texts or articles) which need to be included for each of your papers are identified in the instructions for each of the three written assignments. When justified, sources included for one paper may be used again for another.
Open-sourced websites (e.g. Wikipedia) should be avoided as references for academic work.
Follow APA styled formatting for in-text citations and reference lists. Use the Course Paper Template with Abstract and APA 7th edition formatting, available at the Walden Writing Center: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates/general.
The quality of your papers should demonstrate graduate level writing. That is, there should be few if any writing errors (grammar, punctuation, spelling, wording, etc.). When needed, use APA guidelines for English grammar (https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/apa).
Your assignments need to demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge as well as critical thinking suitable to graduate-level scholarship. In each paper, specific references are needed to all resources used in its preparation.
Remember the general rule of thumb related to good writing:
In the introduction, you want to tell the readers what you are going to tell them (in this first assignment, that includes the name, mission, vision, etc. of the organization upon which you are focusing and the philosophical foundation you believe is most appropriate for the ethical decision being faced).
In the body of the assignment, you want to tell the readers what you want to tell them.
In the conclusion, in summary fashion you want to tell the readers what you told them.
Paper 1 Instructions
Review the information above so you are clear regarding the purpose and focus for this paper.
The paper, following APA formatting (seventh edition), should have a title page and an abstract. No table of contents is required. Your reference list is on a separate page after the conclusion of your paper. It is not part of the paper’s content per se.
A minimum of five peer-reviewed sources should be included.
Select and describe a public or nonprofit organization and identify its mission, vision, general structure, brief history, and key stakeholders.
Identify one ethical dilemma which has challenged, is currently challenging, or is expected to challenge the organization. Do not identify multiple ethical matters. Focus your paper on only one ethical dilemma and its relevant elements.
Explain the need for a decision which requires action on the part of the organization.
Process the issue through the lens of philosophical foundations for ethical decision-making (either deontological or teleological). For example, does this issue involve an organization’s failure to follow moral laws and the Golden Rule, either by its actions or lack of action? That is, does the issue involve universal principles related to right and wrong and categorical imperatives as articulated by Immanuel Kant? Or does