Ethical Dilemmas

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, listen to Of Marvel and Morals (Links to an external site.).

Your goal for this assignment is to apply ethical theories to a moral or ethical dilemma. You will identify a moral or ethical dilemma in society, identify ethical theories related to the societal issue, and examine how social actors attempt to resolve their ethical concerns. You will do this through a film review.

Choose a film from the list below. Watch the film and record your personal field notes regarding the issues raised in the film. Then, prepare an original essay of at least 650 words that addresses all the following prompts.

Note: you must submit your field notes separately from the essay.

In your paper,

  • Develop a thesis that summarizes what the film is telling the viewer about how social actors attempt to resolve their ethical concerns.
  • Summarize the plot of the film, identifying the main social issue(s) that are being addressed.
  • Explain at least one ethical dilemma introduced in the film.
    • What ethical stances are being taken and how are they central to the story being told in the film?
  • Identify the philosophical theory (i.e., utilitarianism, deontology, or virtue ethics) that corresponds with the stance taken by characters in the film.

Note: you must submit your field notes as a separate Word document or PDF in addition to your essay.

Film Choices:

  • Philadelphia (1993)
  • Quiz Show (1994)
  • Miss Evers’ Boys (1997)
  • The Emperor’s Club (2002)
  • The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
  • The Sea Inside (2004)
  • Thank You for Smoking (2005)
  • Gone Baby Gone (2007)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Passengers (2016)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)

The Applying Theory: Ethical Dilemmas in Film paper

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