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Strong workplace ethics, or the lack thereof, have had far-reaching consequences for companies and corporate leaders. This class will explore ethical frameworks, and it will differentiate between compliance and ethics. You will be challenged to think through the relationships and impacts of your decisions on your organization, as well as to consider the impact on shareholder value and other stakeholder effects from unethical behavior.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, student should be able to:

• Understand the three ethical positions that govern human behavior
• Cite some of the key laws that regulate how people are treated in the workplace
• Differentiate between compliant and ethical behavior
• Articulate a personal ethical framework to inform leadership and decision-making
• Understand some of the issues and dilemmas embedded in workplace ethics
• Identify the tools and resources available to guide ethical decision making

Students Feedbacks

"I want to thank Ms. Summers for making this course fun and interacting. The course contents were designed in a way to instigate ideas and thoughts and learn from real life examples and stories. The discussion boards were a warehouse of knowledge and stories." - Sagarika M

"During the past six weeks in the Workplace Ethics course, I have gained invaluable insights that will significantly shape my leadership approach in the future. One of the most profound takeaways from the course was learning how to navigate ethical challenges in the workplace. It provided practical strategies for assessing and resolving ethical dilemmas, instilling confidence in my ability to make ethically sound decisions. The case studies, in particular, were highly influential in demonstrating the complexities of real-world ethical challenges." - Zarin P

"I can say with the utmost confidence that this final course, Workplace Ethics, was the perfect way to end the HR Management Certificate Program. I am actually in tears that it's finally come to end. Thank you to professor Summers for all of the amazing content and guidance along the way!" - anonymous

"Taking a look back from the last six weeks, I would like to say I have learned a lot about myself in my professional and personal life. Before taking this course, I had never really reflected on my own ethical frameworks and how I make decisions, and I am greatly appreciative of this course. I now understand how I prefer to take steps on making an ethical decision and will continue to use these frameworks in both my workplace and personal life." -anonymous


Other Credits: This course is approved for 18 hours of continuing education credit.

Note: As capstone for the HR  Management Certificate, this class is to be taken upon completion of all other certificate coursework.

Andrea Summers teaches Workplace Ethics, one of the two capstone courses in the HR Management Certificate.

About Andrea Summers

This course can be taken on a stand-alone basis, or counted towards our Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management .

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Course Number: BUSA-40531
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Business ManagementHuman Resource Management

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