|Exploration 5E: Ethics of humanitarian action|
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Explain, if needed, that an 'ethical dilemma' is a situation in which the pursuit of one worthy goal conflicts with another worthy goal or leads to harm as well as good.
By working through possible ramifications and ethical aspects of a dilemma based upon experiences in humanitarian action, students gain insight into the complexity of these issues.
Remind them to consider the 'Pros' and 'Cons' of each possible action in response to the dilemmas. To facilitate students' work, give them copies of the dilemma worksheet available in Exploration 1C.
Advice about Using dilemmas in EHL is available in the Methodology section.
Trying on the decision
Through role-playing one of the situations, students can explore their understanding of issues involved in humanitarian action. You can read about Role-playing in the Methodology section.
3. Ethical dilemmas in humanitarian action (15 minutes)
Humanitarian action is sometimes criticized and its value questioned. Its critics often point to the ethical dilemmas that humanitarian workers encounter while performing their tasks.
Ask students to identify the ethical dilemmas in the situations presented in "Ethical dilemmas in humanitarian action," and discuss whether or not to continue humanitarian efforts. Have them give reasons for their and develop related arguments.