The Ethical Dilemma

The Ethical Dilemma

The ethical dilemma assignments allow you to utilize what you are learning in this course and have learned in other courses to make rational arguments to analyze issues related to managers’ responsibility towards addressing implicit bias. I urge you to use concepts, theories, etc. that you are learning in our course (especially Ch. 4) as well as other courses that you have taken. Many of these courses touch on these topics and theories that may help you frame or discuss the issues and this may provide an optimum opportunity to integrate learning.

You may approach this assignment in one of two ways:

  1. Describe a time that you have experienced implicit bias in the workplace. Please briefly describe the situation. Next, in framing this as an ethical dilemma (by yourself, a manager, or others), describe what was done about this incident. Likely, there were aspects that could have been improved; please describe what should have been done better. Then, describe what you (and hopefully others) learned.
  2. The importance of understanding implicit bias is a common theme in the media, many universities, and organizations of all sizes. Discuss if managers experience ethical dilemmas (real, perceived, or potential) when choosing to implement implicit bias training. Explain why this is this a dilemma? Though we as managers (or leaders) cannot cure core problems due to biases immediately, please explore key areas that managers should focus.

The assignment should have an introduction and conclusion. The introduction and conclusion do not need to be very long but should be adequate to: 1) introduce the concepts and your main arguments and to 2) provide concluding remarks regarding the most important points.

Though this is an academic exercise, you may to write in first-person (i.e. I, me, we, our) if you choose to address prompt one above (not prompt two). Be sure to use a size 12 Serif (e.g., Times New Roman) font with one-inch margins on all four sides. Your finished paper will be at least 2 pages in length. You need to utilize course material (theories, concepts, etc.) to demonstrate that you have read, understand, and are able to apply what is being learned and discussed in this course. Be sure to use APA format when writing.

While there is no limit on the number of references you can use, a minimum of three are required. Be sure to use and cite course material (theories, concepts, etc.) to guide your writing (the more the better). Basically, if you did not know specific facts, theories, etc. before taking this course, or if it is not “common knowledge”, cite it! There are many tutorials and resources available online (e.g., The Owl at Purdue). While you may utilize any of our course materials, you can also use “credible” sources. A few are in BB for your use. Plagiarism will lead to a grade of zero and constitutes academic dishonestly as addressed in PS 03.A.19 and page 24 of the UHD Student Handbook.


This paper will be graded based on (1) comprehensiveness and accuracy of course concept applications, (2) breadth and depth reflection, (3) writing quality, and (4) formatting. Frequent and thorough use and citation of relevant course material (course materials and notes) are the most important consideration in obtaining a high grade.

An “A” paper addresses all aspects of the assignment clearly and specifically. This paper explicitly demonstrates frequent and thorough use (and citation) of relevant course and other expert (e.g., published, peer-reviewed research) material. It is a well-organized, detailed, and well-written essay (including proper grammar, syntax, spelling, etc.). It is insightful, demonstrates mastery of both content and expression, and demonstrates high-level analysis and arguments. The five sections are clearly separated, and it is at least 2 pages long.

A “B” paper is a well-handled response to the assignment but weak in some respects. For example, it may be lacking in terms of frequent and thorough use of relevant course material, it may slight one or two of the parts (e.g., one or two sections are not adequately covered), it may not be clearly organized, or it may have some inconsistencies in expression, such as grammatical or mechanical errors (e.g., lack of paragraph indents, use of long paragraphs with multiple topics, and use of contractions). It may be slightly under 2 pages in length. Analysis and insight are evident, but not as well developed. A “B” paper may also not be presented in APA format.

A “C” paper is minimally competent but deficient in either content or expression. It might be descriptive with little or no analysis or use of course content; it might be general or superficial, or it might have sufficient errors in the mechanics and/or writing to interfere with the reader’s understanding. It may be written in a first-person perspective. One or more sections may be significantly underdeveloped. It may also be significantly under 2 pages in length and not include the required number of references.

A “D” paper has serious weaknesses in both content and expression, such as major difficulties in development (details), structure (organization and transactions), or mechanics (syntax, spelling, punctuation, grammar). One of the sections may be significantly underdeveloped, or one may be the focus of the paper.

A “Zero” paper will have significant issues, including plagiarism or lack of thought.

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