Due March 14, 2007
Write a short (approximately ½ page) summary of The Chemist’s Code of
Ethics (or another professional code of ethics—for example, the Code of
Ethics of the American Medical Association or the Code of Ethics of the
Association of American Educators).
Write a short reflection on the code of ethics you chose (approximately 1
page). Did you agree with everything that was stated? Were there other
ethical considerations you would have included?
Option 1: Choose an ethical dilemma from Chapter 5 of The Ethical Chemist.
Write a 2-3 page reflection on it, including:
State the problem clearly. What are the ethical issues raised? Who will be
affected by your decision?
What moral principles will you use to decide on a particular course of
action? What ethical theory or combination of theories would you use to
inform possible courses of action?
Discuss at least two possible courses of action. Include benefits and
consequences of each.
What course of action do you think is best? Why? How difficult would it
be to make that decision in “real life”?
Option 2: Design your own dilemma
Design a dilemma (½ page) that you might encounter personally in
professional practice (as a researcher, teacher, doctor, etc.) This must be a
dilemma about which you personally would have to decide a course of
action. Show me a draft of your dilemma or talk it over with me before
writing your reflection on it.
Write a 2-3 page reflection as described above.