This activity addresses module outcome 4. Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:
Analyze the ways in which human behavior may change because of an unethical environment. (CO5)
The purpose of this activity is to examine human behavior within unethical environments.  We have chosen two prison examples that put people into unethical environments for you to examine and compare. Look at the material from the Stanford website (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and review the material found there. Also, watch the video about the experiment from the experimenter:

Next, read the report about the Abu Gharaib [PDF File size 6MB] prison case.
After you have read and viewed the prison material, you are ready to write your compare and contrast essay.  You have two different readings that take place in a prison.  One is a real-world scenario while the other is an experiment where the reaction of subjects change because of the prison experiment.  You will need to address both similarities and differences based on some guiding questions.
You will then compare and contrast the ethical issues surrounding the two examples of unethical environments.
Write a 2-3-page essay in APA Format. In your essay, address the following questions:
Compare the competing values at stake in the Abu Ghraib prison and the Stanford Prison Experiment.
Explain your answer.
What situation in both cases should participants have avoided to do the right thing? Why didn’t they do it?
Finally, explain the similarities and differences in each situation that caused changes in human behavior.
Recommended Resources:
National Security Research Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Excelsior Library Writing Help (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
APA Style Help (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.
Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Upload Submission.”  Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.”  Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission & Save.”
This course has Turnitin fully integrated into the course dropbox. This means that you should only submit your assignments to the dropbox below. Please do not submit your assignment directly to
Once submitted, your assignment will be evaluated by Turnitin® automatically.  You will be able to view an Originality Report within minutes of your first submission that will show how much of your work has been identified as similar to other sources such as websites, textbooks, or other student papers.  Use your Originality Report as a learning tool to identify areas of your assignment that you may not have cited appropriately.  You may resubmit your assignment through this dropbox as many times as you need to check to see if you have made improvements, until the due date of the assignment. However, once you have made your first submission, you will need to wait 24 hours after each subsequent submission to receive a new Originality Report.  Plan accordingly as you draft your assignment.  Once the due date has passed, your assignment submission will be considered final.

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