Compose a 2-3 page paper in which you respond to a simulated medical ethics dilemma by applying the three normative theories of ethics.
The field of ethics is highly personalized; each individual has his or her own view of actions that are morally and ethically sound. Rather than relying solely on personal experiences and emotions to govern ethical views, however, individuals often use ethical theories as a foundation. Ethical theories are useful in a variety of ways:
You will learn about three traditions of normative ethics:
These three traditions have contributed to our understanding about ethics through the works of key thinkers in history. Understanding these ethical theories will help you support your positions on ethical issues you encounter. ï»¿In this assessment, you will apply ethical theory to a scenario that will be provided for you.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies through the following scoring guide criteria:
You have now studied the three approaches to ethical theory (deontological, consequentialist, and virtue theory) as exemplified in the work of Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and Aristotle. Your assessment is to write an essay applying these three approaches to the following practical case:
You are called to consult in the critical care unit of your local hospital. The hospital admits JoEllen, 53, after she takes an overdose of prescription medications with alcohol. On admission, she says, “Not supposed to be here . . . ” and soon becomes uncommunicative. As her condition deteriorates rapidly, her son arrives with a notarized advance directive in which JoEllen specifically asks not to be placed on life support. What should you recommend to the attending health professionals?
As you write your essay, consider how you would achieve the following:
Your instructor may provide video feedback on your work, as well as complete the official scoring guide for the assessment.
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Applying Ethical Theory Scoring Guide
CRITERIANON-PERFORMANCEBASICPROFICIENTDISTINGUISHEDExplain the ethical issue in a scenario.
Does not explain the ethical issue in the scenario.
Describes the ethical issue in the scenario.
Explains the ethical issue the scenario.
Analyzes the ethical issue the scenario.
Apply the three traditional theories of normative ethics to a situation.
Does not apply the three traditional theories of normative ethics to the situation.
Applies traditional theories of normative ethics to the situation, with errors or omissions.
Applies the three traditional theories of normative ethics to the situation.
Analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of the three theories as they relate to the situation.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of each of three approaches to ethical theory as they relate to a specific situation.
Does not describe the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to ethical theory.
Describes advantages or disadvantages of each approach to ethical theory as they relate to a specific situation, but not both.
Describes the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to ethical theory as they relate to a specific situation.
Analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to ethical theory as they relate to a specific situation.
Apply ethical theory to justify an ethical position on an issue.
Does not apply ethical theory to justify your ethical position on this issue.
Identifies an ethical position on this issue.
Applies ethical theory to justify an ethical position on this issue.
Justifies an ethical position on this issue, supported clearly by ethical theory.
Communicate in manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for professional communities.
Does not communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, or consistent with expectations for members of professional communities.
Communicates inconsistently in a manner of scholarly and professional expectations for members of professional communities.
Communicates in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of professional communities.
Communicates in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of professional communities, with written communication that is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
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