Unit 2: Theoretical Frameworks for Ethical Analysis
In this unit, we examine classical and contemporary theories of ethics, and the frameworks decision makers use to resolve ethical dilemmas. Five primary frameworks include: virtue ethics (Aristotle), Deontology (Immanuel Kant), Utilitarianism and the common good (John Stuart Mill), The Golden Rule, and the Fairness approach (Rawls). Each framework aims to identify problems, gather facts, and assess solutions, but the method for assessing the viability of available solutions differs.
While policy makers prefer certain approaches to problem solving, one approach may not be appropriate or feasible for all of the dilemmas they face. They need to know how to apply a variety of approaches to a given situation.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 11 hours.
2.1: Ethical Decision-Making Frameworks
2.2: The Common Good Approach
2.3: The Fairness or Justice Approach
2.4: The Utilitarian Approach
2.5: The Virtue Approach
2.6: The Rights Approach
Unit 2 Assessment