Ethical Dilemmas, Cases, and Case Studies
Good discussions on ethics are often driven by situations that challenge our abilities to determine the right thing to do, carry out effective ethical action, or lay out an effective strategy for avoiding ethical obstacles in the future.
Given that possibilities for ethical conflict exist in most fields, this section provides links to sites specifically geared towards providing you with materials relevant to your field.
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CASES AND CASE STUDIES
Bioethics and Medical ethics:
Case Studies at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (skip the AMA links - use "our links" instead) and go down to “Other Case Studies Produced by CBHD Fellows and Friends”
The CBHD resource center also offers many proactive articles on issues in bioethics that can serve as discussion focus-points.
A free service of The Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, casePlace.org is a practical and dynamic resource for up-to-date case studies, syllabi and innovative teaching materials on business and sustainability— from corporate governance to sustainable development.
Arthur Andersen Case Studies in Business Ethics
During the period 1987-94 Arthur Andersen funded a $5 million joint project with 525 universities to raise awareness of ethical issues in business. This collection of 90 case studies is one product of that effort. All participating universities, including USC, have license to use these materials and reproduce them as needed for instructional purposes. Other users are advised to consult an attorney regarding copyright issues.
Harvard Business School Publishing
Good ethics cases available for purchase. Restrict your search by "case" and search for your desired topic.
Darden Case Collection
Ethics Cases on i-Case Website: Interactive cases; pdf files linked to audio and video segments.
European Case Clearinghouse at Cranfield University
A comprehensive source of management case studies from around the world. It distributes cases produced by the world's best-known management teaching establishments, as well as case studies in many languages produced by individual authors from almost every corner of the globe.
International Relations Ethics Case Studies
The Carnegie Council offers this series of 22 case studies for use in college and university classrooms. Each case presents and analyzes an historical example of an ethical dilemma in international affairs.
Cases on virtually all applied ethics topics, including campus ethics by one of the largest centers for applied ethics on the web.
Short cases (1-2 pages) used in Ethics Bowl competitions on a large variety of subjects (not organized by subjects)
Many well-prepared journalistic reports on a variety of ethics-related topics, including topic overview, pro/con positions on key questions, and situation analysis. You can also create email alerts that will let you know when new reports are posted on your favorite topics.