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Thursday, November 18th, 2010 10:39 pm
Final class was an Open Space Conversation which was fun and interesting. We did one for Organisational Behaviour but I failed to write it up in any detail.

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Monday, November 1st, 2010 10:00 pm
Final Test \o/. 36 / 40 respectively and the one I got wrong was a classic dyslexia one where pairs of words make no sense - I am OK with this. The readings were all to do with cultural and ethical relativism with a chunk devoted to bribery. It might be that health and energy is low but I'm not feeling it, I'm a bit disconnected from the material
  • Cultural Relativism - different cultures have different beliefs (statement of fact)
  • Ethical Relativism - moral diversity, what is considered right or wrong is relative to the ethical / cultural framework
We had a massive, inconclusive discussion about bribery. It sort of meandered around blatant bribery where you get your licence / ticket etc a lot faster (or at all) if you offer a bribe and more subtle embedded forms where if you pay a fee to get your process 'expedited' like getting your academic transcript fast through the university - or your passport ready in a shorter time. We talked a bit about how some cultures pay very low wages and the bribes make up the difference and how that impacts on efficiency. After the class that led to a discussion of tipping - linking reward to performance has some obvious benefits but does it outweigh the benefits of having a wage you can live on?

The rest of the class was a monster case study covering working out a strategy for dealing with being a manager in a firm that deals with factories using child labour.

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Monday, October 25th, 2010 10:58 pm
Horribly sick and miserable. Stayed home and bonded with the couch.
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Monday, October 18th, 2010 10:47 pm
4th test, 32 / 38 and we appealed so we may get those last 2 points back next week. Appeal from last test gained us back one point - should have been more articulate :p.

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Monday, October 11th, 2010 10:02 pm
Next journal due - I used the Cairns abortion thingie and spent some depressing time looking at different philosophical approaches to abortion. Ugh. My heart hurts. So does my brain. This class was very interesting but a bit incoherent now that I look at my notes, I've a lot of scattered thoughts.

P. came in to take us through the SPARK results from our first assessment.

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Monday, October 4th, 2010 10:13 pm
In to university early after picking up my car from the panel beaters, spent the time reading the monster article on philosophical approaches for today's test with variable success. 24/36 versus 32/36 for team score. Also got journal back and with feedback! \o/ will work on tying entry more closely to course material.

We had a bonus lecturer tonight to talk about philosophical approaches and we worked through some case studies:

Learning outcomes:
  • Recognise four approaches to ethical theory (Utilitarianism, Consequentialism, Deontological and Virtue Ethics)
  • Establish a theoretical foundation for the study and application of ethics to issues in business organisations and management
  • Enable students to identify the ethical theories implicit in their opinions arguments and decisions
  • Enable students to employ ethical theories to defend and justify their responses to ethical issues
Ethical theories and how to use them
  • What is ethical theory anyway? Attempt to formalise an approach to thinking about good and bad
  • Why would we want to use ethical theories? Why wouldn't we!
  • Why would we need to know anything about ethical theory to behave ethically? Able to articulate them to others! Need to have a vocabulary.
Case Study - The Mignonette (warning for murder and cannibalism)

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Case Study - Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 (warning for accidental death and cannibalism)

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Case Study - Trolley Dilemma (warning for dodgy ethics)

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Case Study - Organ Transplant (warning for exactly what you think)

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Summary:
  • Utilitarianism: the right thing to do is the greatest good for the greatest number
  • Consequentialism: weighing the consequences of an ethical act (cost benefit analysis) - some things don't have an obvious price such as quality of life, happiness, hard to measure, 'a' good, not 'The' good, subjective not objective
  • Deontology: it's not about the consequences, it's the act itself. Some acts are right and some are wrong. U.N. Declaration of Human Rights
  • Virtue Ethics: good people will do good things - teach people to make decisions and trust them to do the right thing - and defend their decisions
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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 02:14 pm
I mapped out what I could see of the Elizabeth Moon / Wiscon discussion happening as part of my Ethics unit - I’m really impressed at how people are speaking and what I see as the values being expressed. It seemed to me that a critical value is that people should speak and not be silenced and that this core assumption then drove a lot of the ensuing discussion about who / when / where.

This is a first draft based on a reasonably quick pass through so please feel free to question / correct / improve if you feel it’s not accurate or appropriate.

Idea Sketch - first draft
First draft in Idea Sketch )
Instaviz - second draft
Second draft in Instaviz )
ETA: popplet third draft
Third draft in popplet - v3.1 actually )

I also ended up reviewing three mind mapping apps for the ipad.
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Monday, September 27th, 2010 11:11 pm
Handed in next round of learning journal - was good fun making this although I tend to spend a lot of time trying out different ideas before I end up finding what went to focus on. I guess you could call this a reflective process in that I work through a lot of things I'm interested in and how I feel about them. I used the Wiscon / Moon discussion since it hooked in to a bunch of things I've been thinking about to do with speaking, when we speak and how we let other's speak.

Tonight was a practical class, we got given a case study and our teams developed a script which a representative of our team then had to deliver to the entire class who took the other side of the script with the purpose of making it as challenging as possible.

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 10:18 am
As before: This is a space for me to collect my thoughts (I'll be adding to it as I go over the next couple of weeks) and will eventually turn into part of my Learning Journal which is due in chunks throughout the trimester. The first journal post was locked as it had work related stuff in it, I think I'll keep this one open.
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Monday, September 20th, 2010 10:17 pm
Still a bit cold-ish but managed to go through the readings for the test a couple of times and chat to a couple of my team members about the readings before Test #2. My preferred study technique is to talk to someone about the material, usually that’s me talking to myself plus [personal profile] maharetr kindly lets me tell her vital things about whatever I’m studying at the time (thank you for your patience, I hope your proxy MBA is worth it).

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Monday, September 13th, 2010 10:09 pm
Accidentally tried the Power Chai - I prefer Tiger Chai but the cafe people are either slightly deaf or really fond of the power chai because if I don't get in and correct them they ignore my order and do power chai anyway..

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Monday, September 6th, 2010 10:45 pm
I had a quick talk to my lecturer S. about whether she felt comfortable about me blogging my lecture notes - given it’s an Ethics course it seemed like a good idea. I tend to keep things pretty vague on some areas and I leave out everything related to people’s work out of respect for their privacy. S. said she was OK with it and I may give her a link once the course is over. *waves to S.*

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Monday, August 30th, 2010 10:31 pm
Otherwise known as Ethical Dimensions of Organisations, Leadership and Management and never to be referred to in such a lengthy way again.

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Then we ran away... by which I mean I hung about for 30 mins after chatting to one of the other students.