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The following readings are recommended for students interested in exploring the topics of this Module in more detail, and for lecturers teaching the Module:

  • Eichenwald, Kurt (2005). Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story. New York: Broadway Books/Random House.  » For lecturers interested in business ethics, this book portrays the story behind the fall of the U.S. company Enron due to greed, conflict of interest, and misrepresentation regarding company finances. It handles a lot of detail in an interesting way that is fairly easy to read.
  • Feynman, Richard P. (1988). What Do You Care What Other People Think? London: Norton.  » For lecturers interested in engineering ethics, the second part of this book contains an interesting account of Feynman's participation in the investigation of the Challenger space shuttle disaster, which reveals the political sensitivity of the investigation and the urge to cover up.
  • Frey, R. G., and Christopher Heath Wellman eds. (2007). A Companion to Applied Ethics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.  » Lecturers can read or assign chapters that provide focused treatments of professional ethics in different fields, including "Media Ethics", "Engineering Ethics", and Business Ethics".
  • Journal of Mass Media Ethics (1985-6), vol 1, No. 1.  » The following three companion articles take different positions on the value of codes of professional ethics: one advocates for codes of ethics, one emphasizes their limitations, and one offers a completely different perspective about codes. See Jay Black and Ralph Barney, "The case against codes of ethics"; Clifford Christians, "Enforcing ethics codes"; and Deni Elliot-Boyle, "A conceptual analysis of ethics codes."
  • Kidder, Rushworth M. (2009). How Good People Make Tough Choices. New York: Harper Collins.  » For lecturers who want to address ethical issues arising out of end of life decisions.
  • Kim, Won Oak (2012). Institutional review board (IRB) and ethical issues in clinical research. Korean Journal of Anesthesiology, vol. 62, No. 1.  » Students may be involved in university or other level research, and may come into contact with issues of professional ethics arising out of human subject testing. For a brief review of the history of abuse in this area, and current practices and critiques of Institutional Review Boards, lecturers can consult this article.
  • le Sueur, Candice, Erin Hommes and Coetzee Bester (2013). Concepts in Information Ethics: An Introductory Workbook . African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics.  » Examines basic definitions of professional ethics.
  • Luban, David (1988). Lawyers and Justice: An Ethical Study. Princeton: Princeton University Press.  » This book is a detailed but readable treatment of role morality and related issues arising out of legal ethics.
  • MacKinnon, Barbara (2015). Ethics and Contemporary Issues. 8 th edition. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning Company.  » A comprehensive introduction to ethical concepts, theories, and analysis.
  • Maxwell, Bruce (2008). Professional Ethics Education: Studies in Compassionate Empathy. Dordrecht; London: Springer.  » Addresses the emotional aspects of moral functioning in professional ethics.
  • National Academy of Sciences (2009). Conflict of interest in medical research, education, and practice .  » An extensive, online text regarding conflicts of interest that focuses on the medical field in the U.S., including research, education and practice.
  • Oakley, Justin and Dean Cocking (2006). Virtue Ethics and Professional Roles. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.  » An advanced book that considers how virtue ethics apply to professional roles and ethics.

In addition to the recommendations above, lecturers can consult University of Texas, Ethics Unwrapped. Curated Resources on Professional Ethics .

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