Critical Thinking Paper /Moral Reasoning Dilemma

Here is a situation that is a dilemma for moral reasoning. Three weeks before the students’ psychology term papers are due; Jennifer and two classmates visit the campus library to conduct online literature searches on their topics. After 30 minutes of surfing the Web, Blake announces that he’s found a Web site that offers inexpensive term papers on a variety of subjects, he tells Jennifer and Sharon that he is planning to buy one when he finds one on his paper topic. Jennifer, who has never cheated in her academic career, says nothing and maintains her concentration on her own research. Sharon, who is appalled by Blake’s intention to cheat, vows that she will report Blake to their professor.  Blake believes: “There’s no way I’ll be caught. I don’t think the professor even knows what a Web site is.” Jennifer is still listening to what Blake is saying and is not certain she wants to get involved.  Sharon is starting to get irritated and distracted by Blake’s actions. They are all considering difficult decisions that affect themselves and others.

Your job is to imagine the thinking that each student might have and answer the questions relating to their moral reasoning.  

  1. Stop and think to determine the facts.

            What one question has this situation has caused you to think about?

  • Identify options.

What are two possible issues that you can find in the presented situation?

  • Consider consequences for yourself and others.

            Do you believe that there is a better solution to the problem than telling the professor? 

  • Make an ethical choice and take appropriate action.

            What would you say about the situation as a fellow student?

Instructions:

Include at the top of the assignment (as the heading) the CRN and Course Name/Number listed below.

      CRN# 11757

      United States History 1302.135

Word maximum: 300 words. 10-12 font.

Check all spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

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