Ethics for Decision MakingBack to Course Guide
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.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- 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.