Professional Ethics Case Study Ppt

Good discussions on ethics are often driven by situations that challenge our abilities to determine the right thing to do, carry out effective ethical action, or lay out an effective strategy for avoiding ethical obstacles in the future.  

Given that possibilities for ethical conflict exist in most fields, this section provides links to sites specifically geared towards providing you with materials relevant to your field.  

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Cases and Solutions from Ch 3 of the Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology

Cases and Comments from Ch 4 of the Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology

Smithsonian Institution: Anthropology Outreach Office--Ethical Dilemmas


Bioethics and Medical ethics:

Case Studies at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (skip the AMA links - use "our links" instead) and go down to “Other Case Studies Produced by CBHD Fellows and Friends”

The CBHD resource center also offers many proactive articles on issues in bioethics that can serve as discussion focus-points.

McGraw Hill Bioethics Case Studies

Bioethics at Iowa State University – Case Studies for the classroom


A free service of The Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, is a practical and dynamic resource for up-to-date case studies, syllabi and innovative teaching materials on business and sustainability— from corporate governance to sustainable development.

Arthur Andersen Case Studies in Business Ethics
During the period 1987-94 Arthur Andersen funded a $5 million joint project with 525 universities to raise awareness of ethical issues in business.  This collection of 90 case studies is one product of that effort.  All participating universities, including USC, have license to use these materials and reproduce them as needed for instructional purposes. Other users are advised to consult an attorney regarding copyright issues.

Harvard Business School Publishing
Good ethics cases available for purchase. Restrict your search by "case" and search for your desired topic. 

Darden Case Collection (updated link coming)
Ethics Cases on i-Case Website: Interactive cases; pdf files linked to audio and video segments.

European Case Clearinghouse at Cranfield University
A comprehensive source of management case studies from around the world. It distributes cases produced by the world's best-known management teaching establishments, as well as case studies in many languages produced by individual authors from almost every corner of the globe.

Resource: Ethics in Small Business 


Engineering Professional Practice cases from the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research

Engineering Ethics Case studies from the Ethics Education Library

Case Studies from the book Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases

Cases from Dr. Mike Rabins, Dr. Charles Harris, Dr. Michael Pritchard, Dr. Lee L. Lowery, Jr. and others on a NSF grant at Texas A&M University

Engineering Ethics Cases from

Engineering Ethics Cases from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


Environmental Ethics

Domestic and international cases Environmental Justice Case Studies written by University of Michigan Students

Cases from the Center for Ethics in the Professions at the University of Puerto Rico


International Relations

International Relations Ethics Case Studies
The Carnegie Council offers this series of 22 case studies for use in college and university classrooms.  Each case presents and analyzes an historical example of an ethical dilemma in international affairs.



Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Case Studies


Military Ethics

Cases from Air University: the intellecutal and leadership center of the Air Force

Cases from the Ethics Education Library

Cases from Texas A&M

Interactive Dillemas from the United States Naval Academy Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership



American Physical Society: Ethics Case Studies



Resources for Teaching Ethics in Sociology from the ASA


Various Subjects

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Cases on virtually all applied ethics topics, including campus ethics by one of the largest centers for applied ethics on the web.

Ethics Bowl Cases
Short cases (1-2 pages) used in Ethics Bowl competitions on a large variety of subjects (not organized by subjects)

CQ Researcher
Many well-prepared journalistic reports on a variety of ethics-related topics, including topic overview, pro/con positions on key questions, and situation analysis. You can also create email alerts that will let you know when new reports are posted on your favorite topics.

The Case Study Collection is a database of ethics cases from the fields of science, engineering, the social sciences, and business.

Click on the following links to launch a search for cases in these subject areas

Responsible Conduct of Research Cases

Animal Research Subjects


Bias in Research

Conflict of Interest

Data Management

Human Research Subjects

Mentors and Trainees

Publication Ethics


Research Ethics: Cases and Commentaries is an excellent collection of page-long case studies accompanied by expert commentary.

Engineering Ethics Cases

Bribery and Extortion

Codes of Ethics

Employer/Employee Relationships

Environmental Ethics

Expert Witness

Intellectual Property

Product Liability

Professional Responsibility

Public Safety

We have also put together an annotated bibliography on using case studies for teaching engineering and research ethics, as well as how to write and assess cases for use in the classroom.

Criteria for Selecting Cases

The cases have been drawn from all over the web, especially from pages maintained by professional societies and academic institutions. All case studies included in this collection have been reviewed by CSEP staff, and include a short description of the case and a link to either a full text version of the case or to its location on a web site maintained by another ethics organization. The majority of the cases have come from the following sites:

The cases can be searched by keyword, subject, or discipline.

We also invite you to recommend or submit cases that you have developed to be included in the collection. For information about how to lead a case study discussion, click here to conduct a search for “case study method.” This will search the Library for materials on how to use case studies in an ethics course, workshop, or ethics module.

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