Analysis of Ethical Dilemma Case Study

As part of the course requirements each student will prepare an original case study that will personalize the ethical dilemmas discussed in this course. There are technically two parts to this project:an original case study on a topic of interest to the student accompanied by, andan analysis or interpretation of the case.Though both parts are presented in one document. The case may either be a dilemma that you have experienced as a public administrator, or one confronted by someone who works in the government. If the latter, you will need to conduct at least one thorough interview with the person involved. In the analysis process, you should demonstrate your ability to apply Cooper’s ethical decision-making model to a real-world case and incorporate course readings to make suggestions for necessary organizational changes.The case and its analysis is expected to be no longer than ten pages double spaced in 12 point times new roman font with 1 inch margins. In addition, you should follow the below criteria.How to develop your case:The case must focus on ethicsFor this assignment, the central problem or dilemma at the core of the case study must be ethical in nature. It must concern questions of right vs. wrong, justice, or morality. The problem should be relatively complex in that it could be resolved in a number of equally plausible and defensible ways. No simple answers are acceptable as the obvious “easy” solutions offer no lessons for us.The ethical problem must concern the public sectorThis could involve a conflict of interest, dereliction of duty, personal vs. professional role conflict, malfeasance, whistleblowing, any number of issues commonly found in the public sector today. The problem could derive from your personal experience, a news clip or hearsay. It can be fictional or hypothetical so long as it offers lessons about how ethical conduct should occur in the public sector.It is advisable to center your case on a public sector employeeYou should consider personalizing the problem by making the dilemma the responsibility of one or more civil servants or public officials. A particular city planner who risks losing a job through a superior’s questionable orders is much easier to identify with than a general, vague scenario. Readers need to see that the dilemma you describe could conceivably happen to them. How would they react? What course of action might they consider in that situation? Personalizing the case enables us to probe and explore the dilemma more easily and to its fullest extent.Lay out the characters, their beliefs, actions and events leading up to the dilemmaWho did what to whom? How, in what manner, did this happen? Was their background to these events? Why does a central figure find this a problem? Or don’t they see it as a problem until it’s too late? What options does he or she have? What are the positives for someone’s actions? The negatives? What happens if he does nothing? And so on.Conclude the case with questionsLike many cases we read in this course, questions following the case can lead the reader to what’s important. Without providing easy answers, questions draw the reader’s attention to particular issues or sides of the problem. As an example, what if Jane’s supervisor, Harry, didn’t request this action but Harry’s supervisor did? What happens if the law and the agency’s code of ethics would approve Jane doing X but her personal beliefs and values dictate against this? Naturally, your case questions will depend on the dilemma you’ve drawn.Analyze the case (Part II)While the case lays out the characters, their beliefs, actions and events responsible for the ethical problem, the case analysis interprets or analyzes those events. Consider the case itself as Part I, the analysis as Part II. Because ethical issues in real life are thorny or complex, their complex nature means they must be capable of being analyzed from at least two – and preferably more perspectives. A case which examines a potential conflict of interest might be viewed and resolved one way when regarded from a utilitarian perspective and in quite a different manner when viewed from a principled perspective. The law may require one course of action; a particular ethics perspective would prescribe another, and so on. The analysis (Part II) will describe how the student sees the case as offering lessons in public service ethics. Restating from above, you should demonstrate your ability to apply Cooper’s ethical decision-making model to a real-world case and incorporate course readings to make suggestions for necessary organizational changes.