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Exploring Ethics in Your Field

  1. Expose and Disclose PosterFind the code of ethics for your profession. For instance, an electrical engineer would focus on the IEEE Code of Ethics, and a biologist might focus on the Code of Ethics for the Society for Conservation Biology.

  2. Read through the code and consider these questions:

    • Where do you find principles related to writing or communication in the code of ethics for your field?
    • How do the principles connect to the ethical ideas in the textbook?
    • What ideas from the ethical ideas in the textbook are not mentioned at all? Why do you think they are excluded?
    • Is there anything related to writing or communication in your field’s code that stands out to you?
  3. Review these U.S. Government Ethics Posters (from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics), which are based on the U.S. Government’s Principles of Ethical Conduct.

  4. Create a similar poster for a specific ethical idea related to writing and/or communication in your field.

    • You can use an online tool like Canva or PicMonkey.

    • Don’t worry about your artistic skills. Think of this activity as more like making a meme than a polished design for your portfolio. Have some fun. You can incorporate lolcats or similar images, but be sure that they are classroom appropriate.

    • Save your poster as an image file (jpg, png, gif) or as a PDF. If you’re desperate to use some other format, e-mail me about it.

    • Upload your finished piece in the Ethics Poster Discussion and include a brief explanation of the code of ethics you are using with a link to it online and anything else you want us to know about your poster.

  5. Browse through the other posters and add likes and comments to whatever stands out.

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