Behavioral Science/PsychologyGraduation Competency: Demonstrate an awareness of ethical principles within one’s chosen professional field.Program Competency # 4: Demonstrate an understanding of empirical and ethical issues related to the systematic study of individual and group processesCourse: PHI 302 – Ethics and Values in Behavioral ScienceGoal C: Understand the role of professional codes of ethicsLearning Outcome: C-4: Identify professional issues within the context of ethics. E- 2: Use ethical theories to interpret professional codes of ethics.Rubric:Rubric to measure Graduation Competency # 4
Graduation Competency: Demonstrate
an awareness of ethical principles within
one’s chosen professional field.
Program Competency # 4:
Demonstrate an understanding of empirical and ethical
issues related to the systematic study of individual and
Course: PHI 302 – Ethics and Values in
Goal C: Understand the role of professional codes
Learning Outcome: C-4:
Identify professional issues within the context of
2: Use ethical theories to interpret professional codes of ethics.
to measure Graduation Competency # 4
Students will write one 4 to 6
page essay consisting of two parts that address the issue of professional
ethics. The project requires students to
recognize the principles associated with a breach of ethics demonstrated in a
film, a television show, in print fiction, newspaper and magazine columns,
radio talk shows, news, and/or feature stories.
This assignment is designed to span a full block or semester class. It cannot be accomplished in one week, so
plan ahead and begin immediately. The
completed assignment will be evaluated using the attached rubric.
is an assignment in which students will reflect on their ability to recognize and understand
ethics is a graduation competency at Wilmington University.
consists of multiple parts and requires students to think about their growth
and development in understanding ethics and seeing professions from multiple
Assignment Description: This
assignment consists of 2 parts.
Part 1: Code of Ethics of one’s
Part 2: Media Analysis Project
Final Product: Put both parts of the
assignments together into one Ethics & Values paper including the code of
ethics essay for one’s chosen profession and media analysis essay. These 2
parts should be organized into one paper with a cover sheet in APA style.
Part I: Getting Started: Developing Awareness of the
Code of Ethics in One’s Chosen Field
1. Identify your chosen profession
(psychologist, educator, counselor,
police or probation officer).
2. Go online to search for and find the
ethical standards for your chosen
Profession. Explore the many resources found at this
a. Write a short essay (minimum of 2
i. Why you chose the specific
ii. Why it is important for
professionals in the field you have chosen to be familiar with and understand
the field’s code of ethics.
iii. Identify what you think are the
three most important requirements of the field’s code & explain why. Be
sure to cite the code of ethics.
iv. Part I is to be integrated with Part
II to make a one complete essay w/ cover page and reference page in APA style.
Part II: Ethics – A Media Analysis Paper
For the second part of this paper, write an essay describing an ethical dilemma
for a person
working in your desired profession, depicted in at least two forms of media.
Examples: You might
select a movie and a radio talk show to discuss ethical dilemmas of a
psychologist. A newspaper article, and a
short story might be used to discuss ethical dilemmas faced by a counselor. Or,
a movie and a newspaper article might depict the ethical dilemmas of an
This essay is to have a minimum of 4 pages but no more than
6 pages, double-spaced, have one-inch margins, and use TNR #12 font (follow APA
style formatting requirements).
Paper: Describe the ethical dilemma in which the real, or fictitious,
professional(s) is/are involved. Relate the questions below to the code of
ethics of your chosen profession:
a. What actions did the person
b. Were those actions within the
profession’s code of ethics? The code of
ethics must be cited.
c. What actions could the person have
taken to remain within the profession’s code of ethics? The code of ethics must be cited.
d. How can and does the profession
respond to ethical misconduct among its membership? The code of ethics must be cited.
e. Using at least two theories
presented in the textbook, explain how each theory would view the ethical
dilemmas and the actions taken by the real, or fictitious, professional(s).
Listed below is a
checklist that can be followed to insure that all of the necessary components
for your Graduation Competency # 4 assignment are included. The assignment is to be put together
in one document with a cover page & two sections identified as Part I and
Part II. It is to be submitted on the day of the final class.
1. Is the title page in accordance with
APA style, as defined by APA Manual 6th Ed.?
2. Has the code of ethics for the
chosen profession been copied and pasted into Part 1?
3. Does the Part 1 essay have a minimum
of 2 paragraphs?
4. Where necessary, is the code of
ethics cited in the Part 1 essay?
5. Has there been at least one media
sources chosen that present ethical dilemmas in the professional field that has
been chosen? The textbook must be cited.
6. Have all 5 items (a. through e.)
been addressed in the Part 2 essay?
7. Are the breaches of ethics covered
under at least two ethical theories as presented in the textbook or other
scholarly source included and cited in the Part 2 essay?
8. Has the code of ethics been cited in
the Part 2 essay?
9. Is the cover sheet and running head
presented according to APA style (6th Ed.)? Are in-text citations presented
according to APA style? Is the reference page properly formatted according to
APA style requirements?