Timeline and budget

Ethic of care

LESSON 4
Social Contract and the Ethics of Care
LEARNING OUTCOMES
In this lesson, you will do the following:
1. Identify the main principles of Social Contract Theory.
2. Describe the key arguments, both for and against Social Contract Theory, and discuss
what you see as its strengths and weaknesses.
3. Explain the principles of Feminist Ethics and its critique of traditional moral philosophy.
4. Describe the principles of the Ethics of Care.
5. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Ethics of Care.
6. Apply the two ethical theories to a contemporary ethical issue identified on the Course
Discussion Board and contribute your response to the Unit Discussion.
READINGS
• Elements of Moral Philosphy:
o Chapter 6: The Social Contract Theory
o Chapter 11: Feminism and the Ethics of Care
• The Right Thing to Do:
o Chapter 10: Caring Relations and Principles of Justice
ACTIVITIES / ASSESSMENTS
In brief essays of at least three to four paragraphs each, answer the following questions:
1. Explain the central principles of Social Contract Theory. Describe the main arguments
both for and against it. What do you see as its strengths and weaknesses?
2. Explain the feminist critique of traditional ethical theories.

Timeline and budget

Prepare a research timeline and budget for your research proposal. Consider all potential costs that are related to conduct this research. Share this with your classmates for feedback. In addition, identify two potential resources for funding that you would submit your proposal to when you are in your advanced role. Just a reminder that in this course you are not permitted to gather any data and our focus is solely on the proposal.

Finding funding to support research projects is always a challenge. Most studies require financial support. Depending on the project, funding may be necessary to support equipment, personnel to assist in data collection and management, publication/dissemination and a number of other “costs” necessary to conduct the research.

Begin your search for funding support by serious self-contemplation. Review committees want a competent applicant that shows evidence of competence demonstrated by completion of small studies that resulted in a series of publications on the topic to be researched.

Your track record is important. Begin your search by looking a local funding sources (e.g., intramural funding). Develop a strategy to get larger funding. For example, acquire two small ($1,000-$5,000) awards, conduct the investigations, submit results for publications and use the reports as the track record supporting funding for more extensive funding.

Locating the money tree is your next step. Below are a few resources that you may find helpful as you look for money to fund your future research projects.

Nursing Sites
•American Academy of Nurse Practitioners: http://www.aanp.org/legislation-regulation/federal-regulation/funding-grants-scholarships
•American Nurses Association: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ThePracticeofProfessionalNursing/Improving-Your-Practice/Research-Toolkit/Research-Funding
•National Institute of Nursing

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