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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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SHORT DILEMMAS

•    Business Dilemmas
•    Children and Family Dilemmas
•    Education Dilemmas
•    Personal Dilemmas
•    Philanthropy Dilemmas
•    Military Dilemmas



CASES AND CASE STUDIES


Anthropology: 

Cases and Solutions from Ch 3 of the Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology

Cases and Comments from Ch 4 of the Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology

Smithsonian Institution: Anthropology Outreach Office--Ethical Dilemmas

List of Ethics in Anthropology cases by Sharon Stoerger MLS, MBA

Anthropology Ethics Cases and Resources from the Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics 


Art:

List of Art Ethics cases by Sharon Stoerger MLS, MBA


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.

McGraw Hill Bioethics Case Studies

Bioethics at Iowa State University – Case Studies for the classroom


Business

Caseplace.org

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.

 

Engineering

Cases and Scenarios from the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research

Engineering Professional Practice cases from the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research

Engineering Ethics Case studies from the Ethics Education Library

Case Studies from the book Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases

Cases from Dr. Mike Rabins, Dr. Charles Harris, Dr. Michael Pritchard, Dr. Lee L. Lowery, Jr. and others on a NSF grant at Texas A&M University

Engineering Ethics Cases from Engineering.com

From Penn State College of Engineering

 

Environmental Ethics

Domestic and international cases Environmental Justice Case Studies written by University of Michigan Students

Cases from James Madison University College of Business

Cases from the Center for Ethics in the Professions at the University of Puerto Rico

 

International Relations

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.


Journalism

Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Case Studies

Poynter Center Ethics Tip Sheet Case Studies

Indiana University School of Journalism Ethics Cases Online

Cases from Media Ethics: Issues and Cases 5th Edition (McGraw Hill)

 

Military Ethics

Cases from Air University: the intellecutal and leadership center of the Air Force

Cases from the Ethics Education Library

Cases from Texas A&M

Interactive Dillemas from the United States Naval Academy Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership

 

Physics

American Physical Society: Ethics Case Studies

 

Sociology

Resources for Teaching Ethics in Sociology from the ASA

•    By undergrad class
•    By topic

 

Various Subjects

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Cases on virtually all applied ethics topics, including campus ethics by one of the largest centers for applied ethics on the web.


Ethics Bowl Cases

Short cases (1-2 pages) used in Ethics Bowl competitions on a large variety of subjects (not organized by subjects)
 
CQ Researcher
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.