HBS300 2020 Assessment Task 4 – News Article
Brief description of assessment task Write an article for the online news platform “The Conversation”. In your article, discuss an ethical issue that has affected your current or future professional discipline in the past 12 months and propose a comprehensive plan around how this issue could be resolved, with reference to established ethical theories or frameworks.
Detail of student output Discussion article (1,600 words)
Weight (% total mark for unit) 40%
Unit Learning Outcome(s) assessed ULO1 Explain the role of the law and ethics in human services.
ULO3 Identify the dominant frameworks shaping the decisions and actions of individuals and organisations/groups
ULO4 Critically evaluate the interrelated nature of the ethical frameworks that surround complex decision making
ULO5 Demonstrate critical reasoning in decision making through problem synthesis; the generation of hypotheses; critical appraisal of information and data analysis
Learning Outcome(s) assessed GLO 1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO 2: Communication
GLO 4: Critical thinking
GLO 5: Problem solving
GLO 8: Global citizenship
What early feedback will student get, how and when? Written/audio feedback will be provided within 15 working days. As this is the final assessment task please remember to refer to the feedback given in the preceding pieces of work and on the Cloud
Due date and form of submission Due by 8:00pm AEDT on Wednesday 10 February 2021
This is submitted online in the dropbox on the CloudDeakin site
The purpose of this task is to resolve an actual or potential ethical issue affecting your own industry through the application of an ethical framework.
You have been invited to submit an article to the online news platform ,“The Conversation”. Their mission statement, according to their website, is: “to democratise knowledge and work with academic experts to inject evidence into public debate. The Conversation articles are influential in changing behaviour and attitudes. They are frequently used as a source for evidence-based information in classrooms, the workplace and political sphere.” You can read more about the platform, article styles, and view sample articles via their website: https://theconversation.com/au
In your article you should do two things. First, discuss an actual or potential ethical issue that has affected your current (or future) professional discipline in the past 12 months. Second, propose a comprehensive plan around how this issue could be resolved, with reference to established ethical theories or frameworks. Remember your audience may not be familiar with your industry or with the field of ethics, so you will have to explain any theoretical or practice concepts clearly and with enough detail for a lay audience. Lay audiences are people who have no expert knowledge in the area you are reporting on, so they will need definitions and descriptions to ensure comprehension.
Some obvious examples of events that have given rise to ethical turmoil this year include the:
• Australian bushfires at the start of 2020;
• Rising climate crisis and resulting social and political action;
• COVID-19 pandemic;
• Emerging ‘Trade War’ between Australia and China;
• Investigation into ‘Lawyer X’ (Nicola Gobbo);
• US Election, and;
• Proposed digital media code around paid use of Australian media content by digital platforms such as Google.
You could consider how one of the above events has produced an ethical dilemma or raised questions surrounding ethics (i.e., actual or potential ethical issues) for your industry. Please note, you are expected to conduct independent research and you will need to provide a reasoned, rational and defensible discussion of your proposed strategy/strategies to the ethical issue/s raised.
In your article you will need to include all the following:
1. Briefly describe the event that has given rise to an ethical dilemma or raised questions surrounding ethics (i.e., actual or potential ethical issues) for your industry;
2. Describe the actual or potential ethical issues arising from the event as well as any relevant contextual information;
3. Identify your own professional position on the issue and provide an ethical rationale;
4. Detail actions and implementable strategies to achieve/support your professional position
(identified in point 3), including potential pitfalls and approaches on how to deal with them;
5. Your discussion in points 3 and 4 should include clear links back to at least one established ethical theory or framework we have discussed this trimester.
You must submit your essay as a .docx (Word) document. Please use size 12 font and double spacing, as per APA 7th formatting.
All references should be formatted according to APA 7th Edition. For more information and guidance on this format, please visit this APA referencing guideline from Deakin. There is no limit placed on the age of references, but please ensure your references are still relevant to current practice (e.g., a reference about social media, online communication or identity politics published in 1995 would not be relevant today).
If you are writing about people with disability, diversity or health conditions please use respectful language, and also use person-first conventions where appropriate.
Please ensure that your name and student ID number are clearly marked on your assignment in the header on the right-hand side. A separate cover page is not required.
Notes on plagiarism and academic misconduct:
Deakin University has strict penalties for cheating and plagiarism. Cheating includes getting another student, staff member, or someone external to the university to complete part or all of your assignment for you. Plagiarism means copying someone else’s words without acknowledging the original author (for example, with quotation marks and a citation). Plagiarism can include:
• Copying sections from a journal article/book/webpage/brochure etc.;
• Copying unit resources such as topic guides/lectures;
• Copying another student’s/staff member’s posts from the CloudDeakin discussion board; • Submitting the same work as another student (past or present), and;
• Re-using your own answers from a previous assignment.
Please make sure you write your answers in your own words. Changing one or two words in a copied sentence is not enough to avoid plagiarism. In this task, content and understanding is more important than your writing ability. To learn how to avoid these errors, visit this Deakin information site.
Plagiarism and cheating will be checked in this assessment task. If you are found to have cheated or plagiarised work, you could fail the task. This may also incur other academic consequences.
What if I need an extension?
Please contact the unit chair Dr Susan Hayward (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange an extension as soon as you know you may need one. You must apply for your extension in writing before 5:00 pm on the due date. Please note that a late penalty of 5% per day will be applied to late assignments without an extension, and submissions later than five days will not be accepted.
Extensions cannot be granted after the due date. In rare instances of misadventure that prevent you from submitting your task or requesting an extension, please follow the University procedure for Special Consideration, accessed via this link.
How will I be assessed?
The assignment will be marked per the following criteria:
· Reasoning: Demonstration of a reasoned, rational and defensible discussion of your proposed strategy/strategies to the ethical issue/s raised (20 marks)
· Personal development: Evidence of personal clarification and development; i.e., consideration how events has produced an ethical dilemma or raised questions surrounding
ethics (i.e., actual or potential ethical issues) for your industry (10 marks)
· Consideration of actions and implementable strategies to achieve/support your professional position, including potential pitfalls and approaches on how to deal with them
· Theoretical grounding: Evidence of the emerging and consistent application of clear framework/theory (10 marks)
· Language and Presentation (10 marks)
Please see further details in the marking rubric.