Ethics Bowl Case Studies

2018 Regional Ethics Bowl Cases

The CU Ethics Bowl cases are from the full set of Regional Ethics Bowl Cases prepared by Michael B. Funke, Rhiannon Dodds Funke, Sacha Greer, Gretchen A. Myers, Adam Potthast, and Ellen Hunt, of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 2018.  The cases are copyrighted by the APPE, and only available for use by collegiate Ethics Bowl teams in preparing for competition.

  • How to cover this year's 5 cases:

    1. One at a time - thoroughly covering any ethics bowl case requires more than a quick, casual discussion; slow down and devote adequate time and attention to each
    2. Consider dividing the labor by assigning different students  primary responsibility for different cases, such as:
      • Have members rank the cases according to their interest in taking ownership (either after a first blush reading, or after several group discussions)
      • Eagerness
      • Willingness
      • Please no!
    3. Consider assigning members consistent roles:
      • primary initial presenter
      • primary commentator
      • primary judge interactor
      • primary researcher
    4. Develop a sense of each case’s central moral tension – ask, “What makes this case hard?”
    5. Encourage team to transcend their knee jerk responses and develop a nuanced, well-developed view
    6. "Walk around" all sides of an issue, and understand all the perspectives before formulating a strong opinion
    7. A video from one of the regional competitions might be helpful in preparing for the Bowl. Please keep in mind these competitors have had more time to prepare, so do not be intimidated. For your convenience, please watch Ethics Bowl Regional Competition Video.

  • CU Ethics Bowl Cases, Schedules & Rules, and Team Registration Forms are available via one of the following options:

         Pick-Up:  Office of Extended Learning
                         Ross Hall 121 or 122
         Call:         580-581-2284


Contact Information

Office of Extended Learning (XL)
121 Ross Hall
2800 W Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK  73505
580.581.2284 Voice
580.581.2590 Fax