For your final project (also called a structured external assignment, or SEA), you will choose a present day whistleblower (from years 2000 to present) to study. TOTAL POINTS 150.
This project has two parts:
You will write a 6-8 page essay (if you go over a bit, that’s OK, but this cannot be under 6 pages) on that person to include the following:
Who the person is (what profession)
What type of information he or she leaked
How he or she went about leaking it
How the information hurt or helped the public
What consequences did the whistleblower face? (Court, jail time, exile)
In your discussion of this person, include your thoughts on the ethical principles we studied.
Most importantly, did this person act ethically? Think about the principles and codes of ethics we studied and apply those to analyze your person’s actions.
Other points: What’s the difference between ethical and legal? Do you agree with the whistleblower’s actions? Why or why not? Back up your opinion with the facts.
Also make sure your statements are properly cited from the text and other verified sources (no Wikipedia please). You can use the text, other books on ethics, articles from magazines or newspapers (primary sources only – that means don’t use articles quoting other articles), or journal articles.
YOU MUST USE AT LEAST FOUR (4) PRIMARY SOURCES. USE APA STYLE and CITATIONS FOR EVERYTHING. Do not copy whole paragraphs without citing them. That’s called plagiarism. This essay must be run through Turnitin.
Resources to help find a whistleblower (and there are lots more links on the Internet):
Whistleblower of my choice:Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D