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PHIL 215 / ARBUS 202 Online: Professional and Business Ethics—Assignment 1

General Instructions: Write a brief essay on the topic given below. The essay should be approximately 3 doublespaced pages in length (900-1000 words, and strictly no more than 1000 words). The assignment is due on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 11:55 pm. Submission: You must submit your work online through the Assignment 1 Dropbox in UWACE. Please note carefully that only ONE file will be accepted to the Dropbox. Therefore, you must not use the dropbox to store drafts or otherwise incomplete versions of your work. Use only supported browsers (as listed here) to submit your work. See pp. 2-3 of this assignment sheet for detailed instructions on preparing online submissions and using ACE Dropboxes. The following pieces of information MUST be on the front page of your assignment: * Full Name * Student ID Number * Course Name and Number * Assignment Number * Date Late papers will be penalized at the rate of 10% per day late. No exceptions will be made without a documented excuse of sufficient weight (e.g., a medical emergency). Note on plagiarism: Passing off the work of others as your own constitutes plagiarism and is a serious offence. All suspected cases of plagiarism are referred to the Associate Dean's office. See for important information on plagiarism and other academic offences. See p. 2 of this assignment sheet for instructions on appropriate methods of citation for your essay.

Topic and Instructions: Consider the following scenario. A large pharmaceutical company develops a drug that is highly successful as a treatment for chronic and severe depression. Much time, energy and money has been invested into scientific research on this drug, and although it has a high success rate for most people, it has also been found to have serious side-effects for 1% of the population. One of the possible side-effects is an increase in...
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