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In each module, the textbook readings provide an opportunity to make connections between theoretical concepts of ethics and real-world events in the news. When individuals encounter current moral dilemmas, inevitably each will approach the issues with their own perceptions and biases. Understanding how individual views fit in with various world views provides an opportunity for each of us to understand ourselves better. In these activities, you will use critical thinking skills to expand your knowledge regarding current moral and ethical issues in the world.

Each activity is a current news research activity focusing on understanding values, morals, and ethics. We will use the discussion forum as our platform; however, Current Events activities do not follow the discussion activity guidelines. The Current Events activity occurs in Modules 1 – 9. You are required to contribute to at least four of the nine modules. Although you are only required to contribute a post in four of the modules, do not procrastinate. You may not post the same contribution as another student, so it is best to start looking for material early in the module.

Where applicable, properly document your citations and references (according to the current APA standard), and ensure your submission is plagiarism-free. Review the evaluation rubric for information about grading details.

If you elect to skip this assignment for the module week, a zero will be entered into the gradebook. After all nine module weeks, the gradebook will automatically ignore these zeros when calculating your grade in this category. Please keep this information in mind when you check your grade throughout the course.

Instructions

Using one of the news websites from the provided list, search for a current news story that demonstrates a moral or ethical dilemma. Your current news selection must be within the last 90 days. Examine the news story. Be sure to reflect and consider all aspects and viewpoints the author provides.

In your initial post, state the title of the news story and include the link so that others can access the story. Briefly summarize the story and explain the moral or ethical issue/dilemma and how it relates to an ethical theory, principle, and concept or code in the course text. Your response must be at least 200 words and show a clear connection between the news story/event and the course material/ethical theory.

Choose two of your peers’ initial posts and read the summary they provide. Respond with a thoughtful comment relating the article to a point or concept from the course reading material: theory, philosophy, or ethical principle.

  
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