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PHL 318 – Class Presentation

Together with your partner(s), you will be giving a class presentation of approximately 10 minutes in length. Each group will choose a real-life case (or a few related cases along a single theme) relevant to the specific unit of business ethics you have been assigned. The case does not have to be a court case, although it may be. It simply needs to be a real-life situation to which you can apply the ethical concepts and principles we have learned about. It does not have to be a recent case, though that tends to add interest.


You should have at least one article on the case you have chosen, from a reputable source. Try to choose a case for which you can find enough information to present relevant details to the class. It cannot be a case you were assigned for a class discussion day, nor can it be a case from our textbook. As soon as you find a case, you should get it approved by me. This is largely to ensure that multiple groups do not choose the same case, because that would just be embarrassing! It is also to ensure I think your case will be appropriate for our class.

The presentation must include four parts. In a two-person group, one partner will do part 1) and part 2), and the other partner will do part 3) and part 4). In a three-person group, one partner will do part 1), one partner will do part 2), one partner will do part 3), and each partner will supply at least one question for part 4).

On the day of your presentation, you must turn in the attached form (see the end of this document).

1) A summary of the case.

Summarize the important points of the case for the class. You should assume that the class is not familiar with the case. Provide enough information that you, and the class, will be able to make informed ethical judgments about the case. I am often familiar with popular cases, and will be judging in part based on the accuracy of your overview.

2) A viewpoint on the case: one possible ethical position that a reasonable, informed person might argue in relation to the case.

Discuss some of the ethical considerations that you think are important in the case, and argue for a specific opinion on the case. This does not have to be your own personal position; it just has to be one that you can present an argument for. You may be playing devil’s advocate for a position you do not actually agree with. You should relate some of the class readings or concepts to your analysis. For instance, you could use an author’s viewpoint to support your case, or explain how certain ethical concepts are relevant to the case.

3) An opposing viewpoint: another, differing position that a reasonable, informed person might argue in relation to the case.

Same as above, except that it should be an opinion that differs from the first. It does not have to be an “opposite” opinion, just one that differs in at least some significant ways. For instance, both might agree that someone did something unethical, but might disagree about why it was unethical, or whether multiple people or a single person was to blame.

4) Discussion.

Your presentation should end by posing several questions to the class for discussion. These should be challenging, interesting questions without excessively obvious answers.

You may use any (or none) of the classroom technology for your presentation (e.g. the computer, visualizer, DVD player, etc.). How you decide to format the presentation is up to you.

Each partner’s grade will be based primarily on his or her own contribution to the assignment, based on the reported division of responsibilities. However, it is expected that the group will work together on deciding a case, assigning responsibilities, and co-ordinating the opposing viewpoints section of the presentation. Any problems working together must be brought to my attention prior to the date of the presentation.

PHL 318 Class Presentation: Division of Labor and References

To be handed in the day of your class presentation

See the class presentations instructions for a description of the four parts of the assignment. In a two-person group, one partner must do parts 1 and 2, and the other partner must do 3 and 4. In a three-person group, one partner must do part 1, one partner must do part 2, one partner must do part 3, and all three should divide responsibility for part 4.

Team #:

Presentation date:

Partner responsible for Part 1:

Partner responsible for Part 2:

Partner responsible for Part 3:

Partner(s) responsible for Part 4:

Bibliography of sources used for presentation (not including Honest Work):

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