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Utilitarianism Ethics

Name : __________________________

So far we have looked at 3 different Ethical Systems, ​Virtue ​Ethics,


Deontology​ Ethics, and ​Utilitarian ​Ethics. In this paper you will do the
following

a) Provide an introduction which outlines all the content that you will be discussing
in this paper.

b) What is the Utilitarian Ethic System?


i) Who are the founders of this Ethical System?
ii) How is the system of Ethics set up? What are the mechanics behind the
system that determine if an action is virtuous. ​Be sure to use
terminology from the Bentham Hand-Out!

c) What is a situation in your life where ​Utilitarian ​Ethics has been utilized, either
by you, or someone else. Do you agree with the application of this ethical system
in this instance?

d) Come up with a critique of Utilitarian Ethics. Feel free to get help from the
internet, but ​be prepared to provide a citation (APA) ​if you utilize these
resources.

e) A conclusion which outlines why you believe that ​Utilitarianism ​is a positive or
negative ethical system to follow. Be sure to incorporate the example you gave,
and the critique that offered.

Your paper should be long enough to address these questions/topics. You


should be utilizing a 5 paragraph structure, and should be aiming for (at a
minimum) 350 to 400 words. You will have the next two classes to gather
your ideas and create a rough copy of the paper.

Please use the Rubric on the back of this assignment sheet to help
understand how you will be assessed.
Rubric for Utilitarian Ethics Paper
Excellent (10) Proficient (8) Acceptable (6) Approaching (2) Limited (2)

Introductory Student has clear intent Student has clear intent in Student has some Student has many Introductory paragraph
and approach in Intro Intro Paragraph. Most issues in Intro issues in Intro has many issues in
Paragraph
Paragraph. All required required elements are Paragraph. Some of the paragraph. Some construction and
elements are present, present, and laid out in a required elements are required elements are content. Little is
and laid out in a way way which is Somewhat present. there, but there is discussed, or
which is engaging for engaging for the reader. confusion in explained.
the reader. construction.

Description Description of Utilitarian Description of Utilitarian Description of Utilitarian Description of Utilitarian Description of
Ethics is very accurate, Ethics is accurate, and Ethics is mostly Ethics is confusing, or Utilitarian Ethics has
of Utilitarian
engaging, and utilizes utilizes terminology and accurate, and utilizes inaccurate. Little many issues in
Ethics terminology and ideas ideas from class in an some terminology and terminology from class construction and
from class in an appropriate manner. ideas from class. in included. content. Little is
effective, appropriate discussed, or
manner. explained.

Personal Personal example is an Personal example is a Personal example is a Personal example is Description of Personal
excellent representation good representation of acceptable confusing, or does not example has many
Example
of Utilitarian ethics in Utilitarian ethics in life, representation of relate to a Utilitarian issues in construction
life, and impacts are and impacts are mostly Utilitarian ethics in life, choice. Impacts are not and content. Little is
clearly constructed and well constructed and and impacts are discussed in depth. discussed, or
thought out. thought out. acceptably outlined explained.

Critique of Critique of Utilitarian Critique of Utilitarian Critique of Utilitarian Critique of Utilitarian Critique of Utilitarian
ethics is appropriate, ethics is appropriate, ethics is appropriate, Ethics is confusing or Ethics has many
Utilitarian
well constructed, using using examples to depict but examples to depict vague, or does not use issues in construction
Ethics examples to depict the the concept. the concept are slightly any example. and content. Little is
concept. confusing. discussed, or
explained.

Conclusion Student has clear intent Student has clear intent in Student has some Student has many Conclusion paragraph
and approach in Conclusion Paragraph. issues in Conclusion issues in Conclusion has many issues in
Paragraph
Conclusion Paragraph. Most required elements Paragraph. Some of the paragraph. Some construction and
All required elements are present, and laid out required elements are required elements are content. Little is
are present, and laid in a way which is present. there, but there is discussed, or
out in a way which is Somewhat engaging for confusion in explained.
engaging for the reader. the reader. construction.

Spelling Paper is spelling error Paper is mostly spelling Paper has multiple Paper has many errors Spelling errors are
and grammar error free. error and grammar error spelling and grammar throughout, impacting egregious and
Conventions
free. errors. readability. frequent, massively
impacting readability.

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