2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Ethics in the Workplace: Theory and Practice


Fall 2011 quarter

Stephen Beck philosophy , Joli Sandoz academic and creative writing, U.S. literature, research methods in the humanities
Fields of Study
business and management, leadership studies and philosophy
Preparatory for studies or careers in
business, ethics

What's the right thing to do when as an employee you witness illegal actions?  Whose interests should take priority in pricing and hiring decisions? What choices can you make when your supervisor tells you to ignore company policy?  Employees sometimes face situations such as these that suggest a conflict between being a good employee and being a good person.  We will study several approaches to ethical decision making and, through intensive writing and seminar discussions, use these approaches to clarify issues faced at work.  The shared vocabulary and frameworks we develop will allow us to talk and think about ethical issues and write and share personal workplace ethical statements.  Program work will also include reading several Washington State laws related to ethics and exploring issues, choice points, and the roles of moral reasoning and moral leadership at work.

The program will meet on Wednesdays in conjunction with the course Thinking It Through.  (You may enroll either in Ethics in the Workplace for 8 credits or Thinking It Through for 4 credits, but you may not enroll in both.)  Ethics in the Workplace will meet additionally as a program on five Saturdays to deepen our understanding of ethical issues through writing, role-playing, playing and analyzing board games as framing ethical strategies, and other hands-on activities.  In addition, we will focus part of each Saturday meeting on building and strengthening strong college-level writing skills to prepare students for more advanced work.

Credit will be awarded in philosophy (ethics) and ethical decision making.

Advertised Schedule
5:30-9:30p Wed, 9a-5p Sat (Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3)
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During
Evening and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
September 8th, 2011 Added note to explain registration options.