Every SL course must emphasize ethics as a critical component of the course. In keeping with the SL Objectives and Assessment Strategy, every course must meet the following ethics objective:
Identify complex ethical issues, entertain different perspectives on them, and evaluate one’s own position
This objective is elaborated in the second row of the VALUE-style rubric used for Service Learning Assessment, click here: SL Assessment Rubric 2014.
Getting students to engage ethical issues can be a bit daunting, and things that seem obvious to us are often not obvious to them. The goal of this packet is to provide helpful tools as you get your students to think ethically!
Here are some strategies our SL faculty have used to get students thinking ethically.
To help students understand their own core beliefs, you might consider:
Students often struggle with simply recognizing what is an ethical question and what isn’t. To help students better identify ethical issues you might try:
Question #2: According to Joycelyn Pollock (2007), an ethical issue is one that involves broad social questions and often relates to how the government enforces social control. She asserts that “ethical issues that arise in relation to criminal justice are serious, difficult, and affect people’s lives in fundamental ways.” Discuss, then, three distinct ethical issues that relate to our country’s use of jails. Further, you should discuss how the three different issues are interrelated and interconnected to each other.
Your response should draw upon at least FOUR of the articles/readings listed below [Reading list deleted]. In other words, in identifying and discussing the three ethical issues, you should discuss the readings in sufficient depth to demonstrate to me that you have not only read that material, but that you have a strong understanding of the content and its implications.
The material from the readings should be strongly integrated into your response. You should cite the authors as you discuss each reading and insert page numbers as well.
Another strategy to get students to recognize ethical issues and their own biases is to push them to compare and contrast different ethical perspectives on an issue. This might involve:
Students will be required to submit three SL Case Studies via Blackboard during the semester. The SL Case Studies are 1000 word papers that do four things:
The SL Case Study will be graded on these four areas as well as on a fifth area of grammar. Each of the five areas will be worth 20% of the overall grade.
Here are some great provocative readings that can also get students thinking ethically:
For your first reflection, I want you to write about your initial reactions to the SL partner and location. What did you think or feel as you went off campus to their site? What did you think of the physical surroundings? The partner’s facilities? Are these what you expected or different from expectations? What does your initial reaction say about the partner? What does it say about you?