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Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on course work. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 


This highly interactive course includes journaling, teamwork, and online discussions to enable active learning. It requires deep thinking in order to help you become consciously aware of and articulate clearly about ethics, as well as about your personal ethics and values, ethical dilemmas, and ethical decision-making models. This course focuses on practically relating these learnings to your working life, whether this is in a private business or public service context.

Course Outline

Topics and concepts you will study in the course include:

  • 'Values', 'Morals, and 'Ethics’
  • Ethical theories (including Deontology, Utilitarianism, Rights and Virtue)
  • Fatalistic Relativism and Ethical Relativism
  • Personal values, ethical dilemmas, and confirmation bias
  • Various ethical decision-making and moral analysis models
  • Professionalism, professionalization, and the relationship between ethics and professionalism
  • The Stages of Moral Development
  • Confidentiality, competency, and reporting misconduct in the workplace
  • The importance of ethics in leadership
  • Conformism and responsibility
  • Codes of Conduct, Codes of Ethics, Oaths, and the role of Governance within organizations
  • Role Morality, groupthink, the externalization of ethics and the agentic state
  • Shareholder vs. Stakeholder Theory
  • Privacy and Informed Consent
  • Ethical considerations that exist in the workplace including whistleblowing

What You Will Learn

Following successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand fundamental moral and ethical theories and become confident in communicating about personal and professional ethics
  • Be familiar with how to use ethical decision-making models pragmatically, both personally and professionally
  • Gain insight into the nuances of ethics and understand the importance of considering various ethical stances
  • Be aware of the importance of ethics in the workplace, including the use of codes of conduct and other governance measures
  • Have explored hypothetical and real-life ethical dilemmas
  • Have examined the self and how to manage oneself
  • Be able to identify Organizational Integrity
  • Have developed a code of ethics with a team
  • Understand how to identify what stage of moral development people are functioning within
  • Have learnt how to lead and manage ethically
  • Considered the relevance of your learning to real ethical challenges faced by your organization
  • Explored ethics in the context of modern technological developments

Notes

Please contact openlearning@dal.ca for more information.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.
 

Recommended For

This course is recommended for:

  • Seasoned, experienced, leaders who wish to revitalize their thinking on ethics and ethics in the workplace
  • Aspiring or newly appointed leaders and managers in public or private sector organizations of all sizes
  • People with responsibility for managing internal and external conflicts of interest
  • Anybody in a position of trust within their organization
  • Consultants, advisors, coaches, mentors, HR professionals and others who can benefit from a robust understanding of ethics
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Section Title
Ethics in Action
Type
Online Asynchronous & Synchronous
Dates
Jan 05, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022
Total Learning Hours
36.0
Course Fee(s)
Early Bird non-credit $995.00
Fee non-credit $1,045.00 now or pay later
Reading List / Textbook
Deni Elliot. Ethical Challenges. 2009. Authorhouse. Available from Amazon.ca and Chapters/Indigo
Section Notes

Note: We are closed from December 24, 2021 to January 3, 2022. Access credentials to the course site on Brightspace may be delayed for those who enrol during this time period.

This course has scheduled written assignments and scheduled discussions within the term time frame. Days and times of scheduled meetings to be announced at a future date. The course syllabus will be available on the course site. The Brightspace course site will be open to the students from 8:00 AM on course start date.

Please contact openlearning@dal.ca for more information.

Section Title
Ethics in Action
Type
Online Asynchronous & Synchronous
Dates
Apr 06, 2022 to Jun 30, 2022
Total Learning Hours
36.0
Course Fee(s)
Early Bird non-credit $995.00
Fee non-credit $1,045.00 now or pay later
Reading List / Textbook
Deni Elliot. Ethical Challenges. 2009. Authorhouse. Available from Amazon.ca and Chapters/Indigo
Section Notes

Please contact openlearning@dal.ca for more information.

This course has scheduled written assignments and scheduled discussions within the term time frame. Days and times of scheduled meetings to be announced at a future date. The course syllabus will be available on the course site. The Brightspace Course site will be open to the students from 8:00 AM on course start date.

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