Assessment #3 - 3 reflective pieces (Graded)
The capacity to reflect is an important element of professional life. It enhances the capacity to evaluate current knowledge and to understand and accept personal weaknesses and strengths. This assignment will enable you to:
1. develop critical reflection skills
2. recognize the value of critical reflection in professional life.
The assignment requires the writing of three short reflective pieces. Each piece will reflect on a specific content within the course. The three pieces in total should not exceed 2000 words.
Each piece requires you to bring together:
1. information from relevant readings
2. concepts from the relevant part of the course
3. personal experience
Turn these over in your mind and reflect on the topic, and write in the first person about your considered view.
The total word length for this assignment is 2000 words. You may choose to allocate approximately equal words to each of the three pieces.
Specific information about the 3 reflective pieces
You are required to write three separate reflective pieces for this assignment:
1. The first reflective piece requires you to reflect on what ethics means to you as an individual.
Information: One suggested reading is CohenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chapter on descriptive and prescriptive ethics from Cohen, S. (2004). The nature of moral reasoning: International management ethics and values. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. You may, however, also choose to anchor your reflection in any of the other readings from the ethics section of the course.
Way of making sense: Useful conceptual background is provided by the segment of the course which discusses ethics.
Personal experience: This may be examples of situations of where you have acted with ethics and the consequences of that. Or, it might be a time when you have felt torn, when your personal ethics were challenged, or any other relevant experience.
2. The second reflective piece requires you to reflect on how social and environmental sustainability would (or would not) apply in your chosen profession.
Information: The careers workbook might help you identify the profession that you seek to join. If you are already a member of a profession, the careers workbook might help you identify the values that are important for that profession. You can then reflect on whether these values encourage sustainability.
A suggested reading is Sandhu, S. (2010). Shifting paradigms in corporate environmentalism: From poachers to gamekeepers. Business and Society Review, 115(3), 285-310. You may, however, also choose to anchor your reflection in any of the other readings from the sustainability section of the course.
Way of making sense: Useful conceptual background might come from the segment of the course which discusses sustainability and from the being professional section.
Personal experience: This may be experience you have had or experiences of other people in your profession who have made a meaningful contribution and displayed a commitment (or not) to sustainability.
3. The third reflective piece requires you to reflect on how cultural understanding might (or might not) help you develop as a professional in a globalised world.
Information: A suggested reading is RachelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chapter on Challenges of cultural relativism from Rachels, J. (1993). Elements of moral philosophy. New York: McGraw Hill. You may, however, also choose to anchor your reflection in any of the other readings from the being professional section of the course.
Way of making sense: Useful conceptual background might come from the segment of the course about being professional.
Personal experience: This might be examples of people who have acted with or without cultural understanding and the consequences of that.
Reflective writing records the writerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thoughts about individual learning and experience.