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Using Case Studies to Introduce Situations Requiring Ethical Decisions
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 068018, 2006 ASAE Annual Meeting . @2006
Authors: Natalie Carroll
Keywords: Ethics, case study, undergraduate students
The ability to understand and practice ethical responsibility in personal and professional life should be encouraged during undergraduate studies. Opportunities for ethical discussions in some courses have occurred recently due to media reports of corporate and governmental ethical lapses. Undergraduate students should be introduced ethical discussions in a variety of their courses so that they are prepared to understand potential ethical conflicts that they may encounter in their careers. They should think about and discuss ethical situations and consider alternatives for dealing with ethical issues. Ethics can be explored through classroom discussions of news articles, hypothetical situations, exploring personal views, and case studies. Case studies can be used to introduce students to ethical situations targeted to a particular topic and encourage contemplation, discussion, and learning. Ethical case studies can be interesting, engaging, and challenging for your students. Case studies offer an effective means for exploring ethical issues and encouraging thoughtful discussion among students. It is important to assure and safe and open discussion and to provide closure through an assignment or a reflective summary.