Act Utilitarianism

Discipline: Ethics

Type of Paper: Essay (any type)

Academic Level: High school

Paper Format: MLA

Pages: 1 Words: 275


Adding the Act Utilitarianism Template as well as the previously completed form to go with this.

Note: This is the second of four critical thinking assignments. For a review of these assignments, view the video: Critical Thinking Assignments - Introduction (4:32)

This assignment builds upon the Module 4 Dropbox: Identification, Research, Analysis assignment you submitted previously. Be sure to review the feedback you received from that assignment, and make any necessary revisions BEFORE moving forward with this assignment.

Focusing on the same case as before, you will now complete the fourth step of the critical thinking process: 4) Application. You will apply a Consequential Ethical Theory - Act Utilitarianism - to resolve the main ethical/moral issue.

View the tutorial: Critical Thinking Assignment - Application Act Utilitarianism (17:58)

Review the case in the Ethics textbook Chapter 24: Case 11 Sex and Drugs. Download and save the Application - Act Utilitarianism Template document. Complete the sections of the document, as follows:

Discussion (150 words minimum)

Summarize Act Utilitarianism. Include descriptions of the key terms/concepts: Utility, Net Utility, and Happiness. Use your own words. Do not use quotations. Paraphrase the information, and provide in-text citation(s) with page number(s), where appropriate. In the Works Cited, be sure to cite your source(s).

Identification (one sentence in bold print)

Restate the main ethical/moral issue you previously identified in Module 4.

Analysis/Application - Act Utilitarianism (chart)

Use the same analysis chart you completed previously in Module 4 that includes four options, four stakeholders, and possible consequences. In the chart, enter the happiness number for each consequence. Provide the happiness scale you used. Add a row to the bottom of the chart, and add up the numbers for each option to indicate the total Net Utility for each option. Remember, if a stakeholder is more than one person (e.g., group, team, family, citizens, business) estimate how many are in the group, and multiply the happiness number by the number of persons in the group. If a stakeholder is one person, multiplication is not needed.

Conclusion (150 words minimum)

State the "best" option, and explain how a true Act Utilitarian would come to this conclusion. Include the Net Utility number, and explain how you determined the number. Be impartial. Avoid any bias; do not express your own personal opinion; do not use the words, "I think" or "I feel."

Use the Application - Act Utilitarianism Rubric to help guide your completion of this assignment.

Dropbox Rules

Use MLA Formatting. Double-space the entire document. Adjust all font color/style/size to black Times New Roman 12 pt. Put the heading in the upper left corner of the first page; include your name, the professor's name, the course name, and the date. Use the document header to display your last name and page number in the upper right corner of each page. Put the "Works Cited" on the last page, and the total word count at the end of the document.
Attach your submission in the proper Microsoft Word format .doc or .docx or .rtf.
Review your TurnItIn Report. View the Reviewing a TurnItIn Report tutorial. A Similarity of 20% and above is a "red flag." Resubmit if necessary.