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TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 10. Exploration or Exploitation?

Situation

The Dean has mandated that every department have a homepage. Ashmore Williams, chair of a financially-strapped sociology department, makes a deal with Richard Tracy, a graduate student who is a computer whiz and has substantial experience in setting up homepages, to undertake this task in exchange for a one-credit independent study.

Questions

  1. Has the chair committed an ethical violation by offering the student credit and not providing an educational experience?

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