An understanding of cultural values and the role that they play in ethical decision-making begins with a good understanding of values in general. A good understanding of values entails being adept in identifying and talking about them.

As a beginning exercise in this Guided Inquiry, go to the Carnegie Mellon University Policy on Academic Integrity that was adopted by various groups (faculty and students) in CMU community last academic year. Read this statement and then answer the questions below.
Q:Identify what you believe to be the five most important values in this document.
Q:How do these five important values contribute to the notion of integrity?
Q:Define integrity: think of people who have it and think of actions at CMU that would violate the notion of academic integrity.
Not all authors believe that the identification and discussion of values alone are a sufficient ground for ethical deliberation. For example, Kenneth A. Strike of Cornell University argues against what he calls "values-speak" in favor of an approach to moral education that emphasizes conscientious dialogue. Read Kenneth A. Strike's critique of "value-speak," Against Values: Reflections on Moral Language and Moral Education.
Required Assignment

In light of what you learned in the above exercises, compose a brief paragraph in which you define values. Post your paragraph to your Section Discussion Board.
Q:Compose a brief paragraph in which you define values.