Week 4 Discussion

Discussion #1: Doing the Right Thing – What does it mean to be human?
After watching the Doing the Right Thing video, “What does it mean to be human?” respond to the following questions. Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm on Thursday, and at least two response posts are due by 11:59 pm on Saturday. The Discussion Forum Rubric will be used to assess your postings.

Widespread use of genetic testing has resulted in a massive reduction in the number of children with Down’s Syndrome born in the U.S.; rather than being born, Down’s Syndrome babies are being aborted. This practice will effectively exterminate the next generation of Down’s children.

What do you think are the ethical and practical issues involved in these decisions? What do you think that communicates to people with Down’s and their families?

Another example of current eugenics-inspired practices is the market for sperm and egg donations from people of specified ethnicity, height, hair and eye color, educational achievement, etc. for in vitro fertilization and implantation. What are the ethical implications of this practice?

Given that eugenics resulted in forced sterilizations, should these trends worry us? What potential problems (e.g., with medical insurance) might come from our current forms of eugenics?

As you reflect on what it means to be human, what conclusions can you draw?After watching the video and thinking about what it means to be human, what have you learned?

Describe at least one specific way in which you can apply what you have learned about what it means to be human.
Discussion #2: Initech & the Coffee Bean
Read the minicase, “Initech versus the Coffee Bean” on pages 379-380 of the HGC text.

Using the end-of-case questions as a guide, post a substantive response by 11:59 pm Thursday night.  Include information from the weekly readings to support your response.

Post substantive responses to at least two peers by 11:59 pm Saturday night.

See the Online Discussion Forums section of Syllabus for complete instruction. The Discussion Forum Rubric will be used to assess your postings.
c.Experiential Exercises and Case Analyses: Throughout the course you will find assignments for experiential exercises and case analyses. Follow the instructions as given in the assignment. Both the quality and the content of your analyses will be assessed using rubrics identified in the assignment and provided in the course resources. These assignments must be posted by 11:59 pm on Saturday. Late assignments are penalized at 20 percent per day or portion of a day.

coffee Bean interview:https://www.edu-apps.org/lti_public_resources/launch?driver=youtube&remote_id=S9HkXPNMh4I


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