Ethics for Decision Making

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The course presents an integrated approach to understanding the basis for ethical decision-making.  The roots of ethical concepts, the methodologies for making decisions, and the application of norms and logic to current ethical issues are presented.



  • Exploring several ethical theories, including definitions of major terms.
  • Defining and discussing the variables that comprise the basis of one’s ethical beliefs.
  • Illustrating the variables that comprise the basis of one’s wants and needs relative to ethical issues.
  • Investigating the importance and influence of relationships to one’s ethical decision-making.
  • Analyzing the various decision-making methodologies and the techniques normally used in the decision-making process.
  • Probing the relationship of ethics to a particular culture.
  • Questioning the logical reasoning for rejecting or accepting selected theories as they relate to behavior and conduct.
  • Applying ethical theories to specific life experiences—social, business, personal—and logically defending one’s personal conclusions about using an ethical decision-making process.
  • Describing the importance of experience, perception, and intellect to identify and interpret ethical issues.
  • Critiquing the multidimensional nature of ethical decision making and the influences and complexities these variables have on the decision-making process.
  • Defining and discussing the influences of customs, social norms, law, and religion on a personalized interpretation of ethical issues.
  • Analyzing one’s human emotion and self-discipline as they relate to ethical decision-making.
  • Questioning how behavior in non-ethical situations is sometimes controlled by, or influenced by, ethical perceptions.
  • Exploring how one is often culturally inducted into certain beliefs and how one might guard against such socialization.
  • Applying the methodology for perceptively discerning the ethical influences of others.


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