Course Content

From the Enron scandal and BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill to MPs expenses and Wiki Leaks, issues of trust, transparency, ethics and corporate social responsibility have never been so high on the organisational agenda. Yet recognising ethical issues and taking appropriate and effective decisions isn’t easy. Spanning both home and personal worlds, and never black and white, the management of ethical dilemmas is a challenging situations for all professionals.

Professionalism and Ethics helps the learner discover the challenges and rewards of behaving ethically in the workplace, consider their own moral values and explore perspectives that will challenge their views.

Professionalism and Ethics enables learners to:

  • Understand the challenges and rewards of behaving ethically
  • Consider their own moral values
  • Explore the perspectives that challenge views
  • Consider the impact of organisational and cultural contexts
  • Understand the value of corporate social responsibility initiatives
Target audience

This course is designed to appeal to professionals working at all levels.

Learning outcomes

Understanding ethics

  • Defining ethics
  • Ethics, morals and values
  • Why ethics matters
  • Different ethical perspectives
  • Reasons for acting ethically

Ethics and you

  • Your personal values and boundaries
  • Your organisational and professional context
  • Concerns about ethical issues
  • Ethics in your everyday life

Ethics in practice

  • Why people act unethically
  • Why ethical issues are difficult to deal with
  • Ethics and the law
  • Codes of conduct

Recognising and resolving ethical dilemmas

  • Identifying an "ethical issue"
  • Using decision-making frameworks
  • Making and evaluating decisions
  • Communicating about ethical issues

Debating ethical issues

  • Transparency vs. confidentiality
  • Ethics vs. success
  • Ethics across cultures
  • The real value of corporate social responsibility
Flexible learning

Learners take their own route through the topics covered in the course. They will learn at their own pace through a variety of activities designed to accommodate a range of learning styles.


3 hours

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