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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Ethics Cases

Find case studies and scenarios on a variety of fields in applied ethics.

Cases can also be viewed by the following categories:


Business Ethics

Engineering Ethics

ESG Topics

Ethical Issues for Students

Government Ethics

Immigration Ethics

Internet Ethics

Journalism Ethics 

Leadership Ethics

Social Sector Ethics

Technology Ethics

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Looking to draft your own case studies? This template provides the basics for writing ethics case studies in technology (though with some modification it could be used in other fields as well).



All Cases
  • Six case studies explore how accessibility intersects with health care, education, and workplace ethics. The cases serve as a foundation for difficult dialogues, in-class discussions, or workshops and should be used by stakeholders involved in disability advocacy, education, health care, and policy-making.

  • An Ethics Case Study

    AI-generated text, voices, and images used for entertainment productions and impersonation raise ethical questions.

  • A Focus on Sustainability Policy at SCU

    The importance of academic institutions in shaping the societal narrative is increasingly showcased by constant media exposure and continuous requests for social commentary. This case study outlines effective methodologies of leadership, ethics, and change management within an organization, for the purpose of motivating and engaging stakeholders to empathize with and carry out a shared directive.

  • How might news platforms and products ensure that ethical journalism on chronic issues is not drowned out by the noise of runaway political news cycles?

  • A Tech Ethics Case Study

    Ethical questions arise in interactions among students, instructors, administrators, and providers of AI tools.

  • In water rights discussions, there is an ethical responsibility to include Indigenous people in both conversations and legislation decisions.

  • A Business Ethics Case Study

    In this business ethics case study, Swedish multinational company IKEA faced accusations relating to child labor abuses in the rug industry in Pakistan which posed a serious challenge for the company and its supply chain management goals.

  • A Business Ethics Case Study

    A dog may be humanity’s best friend. But that may not always be the case in the workplace.

  • A Business Ethics Case Study

    A recent college graduate works in the finance and analytics department of a large publicly traded software company and discovers an alarming discrepancy in sales records, raising concerns about the company’s commitment to truthful reporting to investors. 

  • A Business Ethics Case Study

    What responsibility does an employee have when information they obtained in confidence from a coworker friend may be in conflict with the needs of the company or raises legal and ethical questions.

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