Ethical Dilemmas and Types of Decision

Continuing with funny and fantasy lectures of Mr. Jaime, I always enjoy the classes. This eighth week we studied about ethical dilemmas and types of decision. There are always quizzes at the beginning and the end of class for checking knowledge of student. When students came in the lecture theater, Mr. Jaime gave each of us an A4-size paper then he told us to arrange the paper into to six smaller pieces as his instruction so that we can complete all quizzes for the lesson.

After that, Mr. Jaime warmed up the class with one video which was about a situation happened in a railway where there are children playing nearby. The train was coming and the ethical problem was either to choose to save three children who playing inside the railway and sacrifice another child playing farther or decide to take away that only child and sacrifice three children. I was deciding to save the only child since he knows the danger of playing inside the railway and he just plays nearby it. Also, if I save him and sacrifice three children I can save whole passengers in the coming train instead of saving three children and kill so many people.

Even in the real life, the majority is more concerned than the minority and people tend to sacrifice less to save more. Then, the lecturer introduced to us seven types of ethical dilemma together with a quiz related to the topic. Actually, he showed us the information of the lesson so fast that I just could catch up short idea about and he also explained very rapidly the lecture. However, I could somehow get some knowledge from his explanation in my note.

There are seven types of ethical dilemma which consists of beneficence, autonomy, justice, fidelity, non-maleficence, confidentiality, and veracity. Each type of ethical dilemma he just gave us a very short understanding about it as a definition just enough for taking a quiz. By continuing the lesson he proceeded to another part of the lecture which was about types of decision.

There are four types of decision such as active, passive, programmed, and non-programmed but normally we use them in a combination as active-programmed (AP), passive-programmed (PP), active-nonprogrammed (AN), and passive-nonprogrammed (PN) then we had a quiz on these definitions as well. We closed the class with unhappy feeling of the lecturer through his story about his grandmother. In fact, Mr. Jaime just wanted to persuade student try hard to study instead of wasting time in class for fun. He recalled his beloved grandmother whom he appreciates a lot in his life about what she did and taught him to become a good person. He also made me feeling somehow sad and aware about myself to be a good and moral student. I enjoyed the lecture much.


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