Study Guide for 12 Angry Men

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Study Questions for Week 1—These will be discussed in class and may appear on quizzes or exams.

What is ethics?

"Ethics is the idea of what should be, rather than what is...It states how we are to act in the world, rather than how people are acting.' The goal of ethics is to a achieve "a good life" How do they impact our daily lives?

Ethics determine how people tend to behave in society. Many people base their ethics on religious code. For example, In many parts of the middle east, women are denied the right to read or go to school because of the ethics taught in popular religious dogma. In America, where there is a large Christian standing, there are many arguments about whether homosexuals should be allowed to wed because of the ethics taught to Christians in The Bible. How do they impact our academic experiences?

They "articulate the good habits that we should aquire, the duties that we should follow, and the consequences of our behavior."

From The Ethics of Speech:
Who is the presenter and what is his educational/academic background? The presenter is Artie Isaac
Yale, B.A.; Columbia, M.B.A.
Yale University (English)
Columbia University - Columbia Business School
Wexner Heritage Foundation
.From The Ethics of Persuasive Speech (13 minute total):
What is the importance of organization in preparing a persuasive speech? How are “evidence”and “creditability”related? Organization is important in preparing a persuasive speech in order to make sure the audience easily understands the information trying to be relayed to them. You want your points to come across strong, and having an unorganized speech makes your points harder to follow. Evidence is what shows support for your opinion or proposal to prove that your proposal satisfies the criteria (standard) needed to approve making a change. Creditability is the audience belief in you and what you are saying to be true. Having credibility is a matter of whether or not the audience believes you have a right to persuade them on a specific topic. When you have creditability people are more likely to value your evidence as factual. .From the article, “What is Ethics in Research & Why It Is Important?”: What is its Importance? How can this be applied to the various disciplines of PACE? Ethics the "method, procedure, or perspective for deciding how to act and for analyzing complex problems and issues... promotes the aims of research, such as knowledge, truth, and avoidance of error...values that are essential to collaborative work. They "help to ensure that researchers can be held accountable to the public." as well as "help to build public support for research...promote a variety of other important moral and social values, such as social responsibility, human rights, animal welfare, compliance with the law, and health and safety. " The set ethics of the campus helps to insure "trust, accountability, mutual respect, and fairness" between the students and the teachers of the PACE program.

Study questions for 12 Angry Men:
For the movie:
What kinds of attributions were used by the jurors and how did these attributions affect their initial judgment of the boy? How did the use of schemas & stereotypes influence the juror’s thinking? How was the [->0] (go to: [->1]) bias used by the jurors?

Was there any indication that conformity played a role in the jury’s decision making process? When some of the jurors eventually decided to vote NOT GUILTY, did they change their vote because of normative influence or informational influence. Was there evidence of the misinformation effect (ala Elizabeth Loftus) in the eye witnesses? Were there any examples of the fundamental attribution error or the actor/observer...
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