Ethical Issues and Human Rights in the Human Services

Ethical Issues and Human Rights in the Human Services

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Ethical Issues and Human Rights in the Human Services

Case study

Case study Due date: 13 April 2015 Length: Strictly 1500 words Weighting: 40% Task You are required to write a critique of an ethical dilemma based on a particular

case selected from an article in one of the following ejournals held in the USQ library. ? Counselling and Values ? Ethics and Social Welfare The case study must

critique the dilemma according to: ? the deontological or teleological ethical framework predominantly used in the case ? the main primary ethical theory used in the

case ? the framework for making ethical decisions developed by Reinhold Niebuhr (discussed in Module 6) ? either the AASW, APS or PACFA Code of Ethics Please be sure

that you have selected a suitable case study for this assignment and not a report on, or meta-analysis of, an ethical dilemma. The article must focus on an actual case

involving an ethical dilemma encountered in a practice situation. For example, the following article taken from Counselling and Values, one of the journals from which

you are expected to locate a case study, is not a case: Sperry, L. (2010). Writing about clients: An overview of ethical and professional issues in clinical case

reports. Counselling and Values, 54, (2), pp. 83-87. The article does not present a case or dilemma. Structuring the case study Take particular note of how the case in

the article you have chosen is set out, and the dilemma is analysed and discussed. This ought to aid your critique. The
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marking scheme provides the basic structure for the case study. The specific criteria serve as prospective headings. However, the case study must be shaped into a

coherent narrative, and not simply form a series of unconnected responses to the criteria. There are no examples, since it is your ability to write an original case

study not reproduce one, which is being assessed. It is also essential that you account for every word used. You must, therefore, ensure that the 1500 word limit is

strictly adhered to. There is no extra 10% word allowance. Text in excess of the word limit will not be read, and hence, marked. Appendices, diagrams, direct quotes,

face page, figures, page numbers, reference list, and tables are not included in the word count. Headings and in-text citations are counted. Ensure that you read How

To Do Assignments, under ASSESSMENT tab on StudyDesk and undertake the online Library tutorials on writing and referencing before drafting the case study. Contact the

Learning Centre and refer to course material in CMS1000 for additional assistance with assignment writing. Marking scheme Twenty-five percent of the mark for this

assignment is based on the general marking criteria. The remaining 75% of marks are based on the specific criteria.
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Specific Marking Criteria Notes Mark (%) Description of the case and dilemma. The description should be no more 100 words and written in your own words. It will serve

as your introduction. Module 2 will assist you to recognise the dilemma. 10 An analysis and evaluation of course(s) of action taken or proposed from the perspective of

the broad ethical framework followed in the case. Make sure that you identify the relevant ethical framework, i.e., deontology or teleology. Module 3 will aid you in

identifying the most applicable ethical framework. 20 An analysis and evaluation of the course(s) of action taken or proposed from the perspective of the primary

ethical theory applied in the case. Make sure that you identify the relevant theory, i.e., utilitarianism, Kantianism or virtue ethics. Module 4 will help you pinpoint

the most prominent ethical theory. 20 An analysis and evaluation of possible course(s) of action taken or proposed from the perspective of a relevant code of

professional ethics. Choose one profession code of ethics. Module 5 will enable you to choose a professional code of ethics. 10 A conclusion about the effectiveness of

the course(s) of action taken or proposed from the perspective of Niebuhr’s model of decision-making. This will require you to apply Niebuhr’s model to the case. This

will serve as your conclusion. Module 6 sets out Niebuhr’s model. 15
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General Marking Criteria Notes Mark (%) Approach to written content The extent to which you have presented a balanced account of the issues, based on evidence derived

from scholarly sources. It is not sufficient to simply describe or restate the views and conclusions of others. 5 Rigour The extent to which you have researched and

reviewed the literature on the subject. It is not enough to simply reference the prescribed text and readings. 5 Literacy The extent to which your writing is fluent

and free of grammatical and spelling errors. Emphasis is placed on clarity of expression and argumentation. 5 Organisation The extent to which you have ordered your

views. Your points should be well integrated, coherent, and sequential. Use headings and sub-headings as necessary. An introduction and conclusion is essential. 5

Referencing The extent to which you have accurately referenced all sources in accordance with the APA referencing system. Do not use modules as references. 5
How to do your assignments
The assessment for this course includes two written assignments. There are no exemplars, since you are being assessed on your ability to compose original assignments,

not reproduce them.
Below are some essential points you should consider:
1. Read the assignment question, requirements and criteria carefully. Take particular note of any special instructions such as word length. Check the marking criteria

to make sure that you understand the basis upon which you will be assessed. Where there is a choice of topic, consider your options before making a final selection.

Note that the choice of topic forms part of the assessment and can only be chosen by you, and not the course examiner, moderator or tutor.
2. Do some preliminary research on your topic using the study modules, text, and readings in the first instance. Take note of the sources referenced in these sources

as they provide a guide to further information. At this stage, you should consider whether you have a clear grasp of the topic. If in doubt, raise your questions about

interpretation (as opposed to confirmation of choices) directly with the course examiner, moderator, or tutor.
3. Next, you need to undertake in-depth research. The USQ library and Internet search tools such as Google Scholar will be invaluable. Do not forget the study modules,

readings, and text as well. It is very easy at this point to be overwhelmed with too much information so it is important that you evaluate each possible source for its

relevance to your assignment. For journal articles, the abstract is a quick guide that will often allow you to judge its relevance without having to read the whole

article. Take note of the information you find, especially the reference (author, date, title and source), key points, and quotations (always record the exact page

number, or paragraph if page numbers are absent from Internet sources, of any quotations). It is also very important to judge the reliability of your sources and to

avoid sources that may be inaccurate, unauthored, or undated.
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4. Now you should have most of the information that you need to complete your assignment. But it needs to be organised into a coherent form. This is often the most

difficult part of doing assignments. The criteria for the assignment provide a basic structure. With a structure in place you can start to position the information you

have into different sections. This is most easily done using the criteria as headings. It is important that you cite and reference the information according to the APA

guidelines.
5. Before proceeding to the next step of writing the assignment, think about whether you have all the information you need.
6. Now you need to write your assignment. This may take several drafts. Take the information that you have sourced and synthesise it into a coherent form. Keep direct

quotes short and to a minimum. Make sure that you provide an in-text citation for any work referred to and list the reference alphabetically at the end of your

document. Make sure you follow the requirements for APA referencing as detailed in the APA Publication Manual and outlined on the USQ Library website. A few other

points to note:
? Keep sentences short and punchy rather than long and complex.
? Avoid using semicolons, and take care with the placement of commas.
? Keep paragraphs reasonably short, usually no more than 6 to 8 lines.
? Where a whole paragraph relates to a single source a single citation either at the beginning or end of the paragraph is sufficient. Be mindful of the fact that we

are looking for your analysis, not simply a litany of others’ ideas.
? Write in the third person, that is, limit using phrases such as ‘I believe that …’ Instead you might say ‘It is evident that …’.
? Substantiate your opinions.
7. You need to ensure the length of your assignment adheres to the word limit. If it is below the word limit then it is likely that you will need to do some more

research. If it is over the word limit, then you need to go through your assignment and consider where it can be made more succinct.
8. Now proof read your assignment and get someone else to proof read it for you. If you are proofing it yourself, then it is recommended that you read it aloud. This

often allows you to detect grammatical errors or missing words. Check that in-
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text citations and references are correct.
9. Before submitting your assignment, it is recommended that you check the assignment against the requirements and criteria.
10. Ensure a word count is included on the Face Page. Note that the face page, direct quotes, figures, tables, reference list, appendices and pagination are not

included in the word count. Headings and in-text citations are counted.
11. Once you are satisfied with the state of your assignment, then you are ready to submit it for marking.
12. It is also strongly recommended that you visit the USQ Library online tutorials particularly:
? Information for success
? Finding information
? The learning journey
? Effective Internet searching
? Referencing (APA only for this course)
Extra assistance with assignment writing is available from the USQ Learning Centre and staff teaching CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship.
13. As you can see, this is quite a long set of steps. Make sure that you start on your assignments well in advance of the due date! Poor time management and computer

malfunction are not grounds for extension.

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