Websites that provide in class activities on ethics

PBS: Endgame:Ethics and Values in America    

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"A Fork in the Road"

This groundbreaking multi-part dramatization enables web viewers to enter the lives of fictional characters forced to make critical decisions with profound moral, ethical or social implications. "Endgame: Ethics and Values in America" fuses dramatic film, interactivity on the Web. Viewers are encouraged to confront those gray areas of human experience where serious moral and ethical choices are made.

With daily revelations of fraud in corporate boardrooms, scandals in American churches, and plagiarism in our nation's schools, the program's focus on ethics and values is timely and important, providing a forum for individuals to explore the boundaries of personal responsibility and accountability.

Endgame looks at America not in terms of politics, race or generations, but rather in terms of right and wrong and how we get to right and wrong decisions."

 

"The Meatrix"

 

Environmental Concerns: 

 

Click on the above icon to watch an animated, informative spoof on the Matrix entitled The Meatrix.  The animation examines

unethical practices by factory farming corporations. Students who don't know where their meat  and animal products come from

will be provoked into action.  A link on the site provides further information and poses consumer alternatives which help to

counter such inhumane practices.

 

 

    Columbia University's Seminars on Media and Society web broadcast by Annenberg

    Ten video programs on ethics in America (each about 30 minutes) which center on the topics

    listed below:

 

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see videos described below                   Ethics in America

                                            

1. Do Unto Others
Must we house the homeless or report a child abuser? A panel including Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Faye Wattleton of Planned Parenthood, and

Willard Gaylin of the Hastings Center discusses the question of community responsibility.

2. To Defend a Killer
What rights do the guilty have? Ethical dilemmas of our criminal justice system are discussed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, defense

attorney Jack Litman, and philosopher John Smith of Yale.

3. Public Trust, Private Interests
Jeane Kirkpatrick, Joseph A. Califano Jr., Senator Alan Simpson, Peter Jennings, and others address the problems of trust within government,

between one public official and another, and between the government and the public.

4. Does Doctor Know Best?
Should you save the mother at the risk of losing the baby? Doctors from the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

discuss controversies created by modern medicine with C. Everett Koop, journalist Ellen Goodman, and others.

5. Anatomy of a Corporate Takeover
Merger mania presents an alarming array of ethical problems. Debating the issues are T. Boone Pickens; chief executives from Borg-Warner, Goodyear,

and Berkshire Hathaway; economist Lester Thurow; and Senator Tim Wirth.

6. Under Orders, Under Fire (Part I)
How do we wage war when the enemy dresses as civilians and children throw bombs? Generals William Westmoreland, David Jones, and Brent Scowcroft,

 correspondents Peter Jennings and Mike Wallace, and others question the duty to follow orders and a commander's obligation to protect soldiers.

7. Under Orders, Under Fire (Part II)
The carnage of My Lai raises the issue of confidentiality between the soldier, his religious confessor, and military justice. Generals debate the clash

between military tribunals and the right of confidentiality with Chaplain Timothy Tatum of the U.S. Army War College, the Reverend J. Bryan Hehir

of the U.S. Catholic Conference, and others.

8. Truth on Trial
Is an attorney's first obligation to the court, the client, or the public? Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Robert Merhige, attorneys Floyd

Abrams and Stanley Chesley, philosopher John Smith, and others debate civil litigation's ethical dilemmas.

9. The Human Experiment
Does finding a cure justify putting test subjects at risk? C. Everett Koop is joined by Dr. Arnold Relman, editor of the New England Journal of Medicine,

and other distinguished panelists in a discussion of the medical research field.

10. Politics, Privacy, and the Press
What conduct on the part of a public official is relevant to "the public's right to know?" Panelists from both sides, including Washington Post publisher

Katharine Graham, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, and Geraldine Ferraro, debate this issue.

British Broadcasting Corporation: Ethical Issues

This is a rich site recommended to me by Dr. Stewart Bone of  London and Greta Timmers in the Netherlands.   It contains the following topics:

Abortion, Animal Ethics, Designer Babies, Ethics of War, Euthanasia, Forced Marriages, Genetic Engineering, Honour Crimes, Human Cloning,

Female Circumcision, Same-sex marriage, Sporting Ethics, and an interesting article labeled "Atheism: It's not about Ethics."