Ethical Reflection Paper

Text Box: Assignment measures the following competencies: C2-Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.  Social workers have an obligation to conduct themselves ethically and to engage in ethical decision-making. Social workers are knowledgeable about the value base of the profession, its ethical standards, and relevant law. C5-Advance human rights and social and economic justice. Each person, regardless of position in society, has basic human rights, such as freedom, safety, privacy, an adequate standard of living, health care, and education. Social workers recognize the global interconnections of oppression and are knowledgeable about theories of justice and strategies to promote human and civil rights. Social work incorporates social justice practices in organizations, institutions, and society to ensure that these basic human rights are distributed equitably and without prejudice.

Ethical Reflection Paper

In this brief 3-5 page paper, you will conduct an analysis of the causes of poverty as a social problem, and will make an ethical argument for what, as a result of your analysis, we should do (or not do) to address poverty in this country. It is not necessary to draw from the literature to research this topic—rather, use your experiences and beliefs coming into this course to inform your argument. Cite the sources for your beliefs, whether from professional literature or other sources. The paper should follow APA standards. 

Your ethical reasoning should draw from ethical frameworks presented in class. In this paper you must apply one of the three primary ethical frameworks covered in the course—utilitarianism, deontology or Rawls’ distributive justice—to the policy you recommend to address the problem. The paper grade will not be based on the ethical position you take, but rather the strength of your ethical argument to support your position and your insights about what influenced your ethical positions. In this analysis you will be deconstructing your thinking processes around this topic. Your positions will be graded on the basis of:

Clarity – Are your arguments, insights, and change clear or do they need more clarification?

Relevance – Is your reasoning relevant and supportive of your ethical positions?

Depth – Are your reasons and insights sufficient to address the complexity of the social problem and personal beliefs and values?

Breadth – Do arguments focuses on multiple perspectives, and insights about the range of factors that influence people’s positions?

Logic – Are your combined thoughts mutually supporting and support your overall positions?