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ETHICAL DECISION MAKING : 

ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

Ethics is… : 

Ethics is… Ethics is the study of morality Central principles of ethics: Reversibility – Would you want someone to do this to you? Universality – Would you want everyone to do this? Other questions Am I treating others with respect? Am I violating the rights of others? Am I treating others only as a means to my own ends? Am I being honest with others and with myself?

Ethics is… : 

Ethics is… Right vs. Wrong Also known as your conscience Usually a spontaneous decision You instantly know right from wrong Brainstorming exercise – list of “wrongs” Who you are when no one is looking If your mom was watching, would you still do it?

Ethics is not… : 

Ethics is not… Ethics vs. Morals Ethics and morals are NOT always the same Morals = personal view of values i.e. beliefs related to moral issues such as drinking, sex, gambling, Can reflect influence of religion, culture, family and friends Ethics = how a moral person should behave Ethics transcends cultural, religious, and ethnic differences

Ethics is not… : 

Ethics is not… Examples: Bob is a deeply religious person and believes that sex before marriage is immoral. However, sex, in and of itself, is not unethical. Sarah’s parents taught her that drinking alcohol is immoral, but drinking is not unethical.

Ethics is not… : 

Ethics is not… Ethics is not about “getting caught” Even if you get away with something, it may still be unethical Ethics is not defined by what happens to you, but by your thoughts and actions Ethics is not about placing blame Do not judge other students based on their personal beliefs

Ethics in the Media : 

Ethics in the Media List all the well-known people who have been in the news recently for unethical behavior Watch each video clip and write down every ethical dilemma you see Was the dilemma resolved? How was it resolved?

Video Clips: : 

Video Clips:

Group Activity : 

Group Activity Vignettes Split up into groups of two or three Read the situation and discuss the following questions in your group: Is there an ethical dilemma present? Is there a moral dilemma present? What is it? How should the character solve the dilemma? How would you solve the dilemma? If group members disagree, why?

Why be ethical? : 

Why be ethical? What benefits do you receive by acting ethically? Character Counts Self-respect What benefit does the community receive? UC’s Just Community Principles Challenges to acting ethically: Listen to following scenario and identify the ethical issue What is the ethical thing to do? Brainstorm list of reasons why you would not act ethically in that situation

Rationalizations : 

Rationalizations If it’s necessary, it’s ethical If it’s legal, it’s ethical I was doing it for you I’m just fighting fire with fire It doesn’t hurt anyone Everyone’s doing it It’s okay as long as I don’t gain personally

How to Be an Ethical Person : 

How to Be an Ethical Person Do no harm Avoid inflicting physical, mental, or emotional harm Benefit others Offer assistance and improve the lives of others, even if it may inconvenience you Be just Treat everyone equally or Follow the Golden Rule Be faithful Keep promises, tell the truth, be loyal, and maintain respect and civility Respect autonomy Everyone has the right to decide how they live their lives, as long as they do not interfere with the welfare of others

Simple process : 

Simple process Identify the problem What is the ethical dilemma? Identify the values at stake What are you gaining by acting ethically or unethically? Evaluate the options available to you Choose the best option Remember the rationalizations Wrong is wrong, even if you don’t get caught

Conclusion : 

Conclusion “Right” list Look at list of “wrongs” and identify the “right” counterpart Bearcat Bound Based on our discussion today, identify your greatest ethical challenge and write a paragraph on how you will incorporate ethics into your daily life. This will become part of your Judicial Affairs file. Evaluation Anonymous evaluation of the course

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