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Case: Those Who Walk Away from Omelas

Would you compromise your morals to live in paradise? Are our ethical paradigms superior to those of other cultures? Have you ever considered that the ethics you’ve been taught all of your life might be wrong?

To complete this discussion, first, read Those Who Walk Away from Omelas. Then, for your initial post, address the following:

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  1. Would you help the child walk away, or stay? Why?
  2. What are the ethical issues? 
  3. Who is the most unethical in the story (if anyone)? 
  4. Do you find any implied criticism of our own society? 
  5. Is the life of a human a fair price for utopia?

Discussion Rubric Your active participation in the discussion forums is essential to your overall success. Discussion questions are designed to help you make meaningful connections between the course content and the larger concepts and goals of the course. These discussions offer you the opportunity to express your own thoughts, ask questions for clarification, and gain insight from your classmates’ responses and instructor’s guidance. Requirements for Discussion Board Assignments Students are required to post one (1) initial post due by ​day three (3)​ (unless otherwise noted by the instructor) and to follow up with at least two (2) response posts by ​day seven (7)​ for each discussion board assignment. Please be sure to post on at least two separate days. For your initial post (1), you must do the following: ● Compose a post of one to two paragraphs. ● Take into consideration material such as course content and other discussion boards from the current module and previous modules, when

appropriate ​(make sure you are using proper citation methods when referencing scholarly or popular resources).

For your response posts (2), you must do the following: ● Reply to at least two different classmates outside of your own initial post thread. ● Demonstrate more depth and thought in your responses. Instructor Feedback:​ This activity uses an integrated rubric in Blackboard.

Critical Elements Exemplary ​(100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value Comprehension

Develops an initial post with an organized, clear point of view or idea using rich and significant detail

Develops an initial post with a point of view or idea using adequate organization and detail

Develops an initial post with a point of view or idea but with some gaps in organization and detail

Does not develop an initial post with an organized point of view or idea

40

Timeliness Submits initial post by day three (3)

Submits initial post one day late (day four)

Submits initial post two or more days late (day five or later)

Does not submit a post 10

Engagement Provides relevant and meaningful response posts with clarifying explanation and detail

Provides relevant response posts with some explanation and detail

Provides somewhat relevant response posts with some explanation and detail

Provides response posts that are generic with little explanation or detail

30

Writing (Mechanics)

Writes posts that are easily understood, clear, and concise using proper citation

Writes posts that are easily understood using proper citation methods where

Writes posts that are understandable using proper citation methods where

Writes posts that others are not able to understand and

20

methods where applicable with no errors in citations

applicable with few errors in citations

applicable with a number of errors in citations

does not use proper citation methods where applicable

Total 100%

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