This demanding online course requires a minimum commitment of 40 to 45 learning hours over twelve weeks, as well as approximately 90 minutes of preparation work prior to the course. In addition to written assignments and a weekly facilitated discussion lead by your instructor, 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 about ethics, ethical dilemmas, ethical decision-making models, and your personal ethics and values. The course focuses on practically relating these learnings to your working life, whether this is in a private business or public service context.

Course Details

Topics and concepts you will study in the course include:

  • Values, Morals, and Ethics
  • Ethical theories (including Deontology, Utilitarianism, Rights and Virtue)
  • Fatalistic Relativism
  • Ethical Relativism
  • Personal values
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Confirmation Bias
  • Various ethical decision-making and moral analysis models
  • Professionalism and Professionalization
  • 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 learned 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

Course duration

12 weeks @ 3+ Hours per week


Class size

Minimum of 8

Target Audience

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  • Seasoned, experienced leaders who wish to revitalize their thinking on ethics and ethics in the workplace
  • Aspiring or newly appointed 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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