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Select one approach to governance and highlight its relationship to deontology. Cite three examples to demonstrate how deontological principles relating to this approach have been breached in the Pacific region
Deontology deals with duties, moral rules or values, in order to make choices we have to know our moral duties are then decision making will be easy to do. (Anon., 2014) Principles of Deontology states that consequences do not matter meaning ends don’t justify the means but it based on absolute/fixed rules, and laws and regulations. Governance was originated from the Greek word kubernao which means to steer and it was used by Plato for the first time in a metaphorical sense with regard to ‘how to design a system of rule’ - Kjaer, 2004: 3. There were 8 approaches to governance that were taught in the UU200 course; Self-governance, Family Governance, Community Governance, Corporate Governance, Democratic Governance, Political or National Governance, Regional Governance and Global or World Governance. (Anon., 2013) This essay will discuss about family governance and it will highlight its relationship with deontology. There will be three examples demonstrating how deontological principles relate with family governance, and also how this approach is breached in the Pacific region. To begin with, family governance is determined through the distributions of family duties amongst the family members, men or women. (Anon., 2013) Teamwork within the family is very important because this acts as a basic foundation of leading a nation. A leader starts from a small section then into a bigger duty/role to lead the people. Family governance is important as it governs/lead an individual to become an independent person amongst his/her peers. However everyone comes from a family where they share their duties and responsibilities. Relating family governance to deontology, every family member has a role to play a duty to carry out. The head of the family has an important task of looking at the family’s welfare and also the distribution of duties amongst the family members. Not only distributing duties to all the family members but also to look after each family member. A boy was admitted at the Cicia Hospital after being allegedly whacked by two of his teachers after some stolen items from the teacher’s quarter were found on him. The student’s mother is very worried about her son’s condition as he cannot sit properly and exams are near for the Cicia High School (Bola-Bari, 2014). With reference to deontology, the mother is carrying out her role as for caring about her son’s health; however the teachers have broken the rule of zero corporal punishment (Ministry of Information and National Archives of Fiji, 2012), and the Family Support and Education Group (2001:56) recommends counsellors to provide children with support. (Pene, et al., 2006). Here family respect is broken due to the teachers actions towards the boy. According to the non-consequentialism principle absolute rule, the rule of zero corporal punishment is not in practice in this case where the boy was found with the stolen items from the teacher’s quarter. However, as a mother of a child she will defend her son no matter in what circumstances. Traditionalism is also an example why family governance is breached in the pacific region. Family rules and traditions are also determined by the chief’s or head of household’s decision making; however villages are formed from different families and each individual is part of a family. Traditionalism refers to the upholding of tradition culture especially to resist the changes in rules of the families (Anon., 2014). In the indo-Fijian tradition and practices the lady will always listen to the guy/husband no matter what the situation is about. In the case of...
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