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Desired Student Learning Outcomes

Students' ethical self-identity develops as they practice ethical decision-making skills and learn how to describe and analyze positions on ethical issues. Based on our review of literature (see Chapter 5), we define ethical decision making as follows:

Ethical decision making is the process of making decisions about human conduct. It requires individuals to assess their ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, consider the ramifications of alternative actions, and justify their final decision.

In order for students to become more effective at ethical decision making, they will need to acquire conceptual knowledge related to making ethical decisions, values associated with choosing ethical actions, and ethical decision-making skills they can apply to complex ethical dilemmas. Thus, we have crafted three student learning outcomes. Students will:

  1. Understand concepts that provide a common language for analyzing ethical situations including:
    • distinguish between ethical dilemmas and moral temptations
    • identify core values related to ethical decision making and define each
    • identify concepts such as ethics, morals, character, ethical principles and ethical relativism
  2. Adopt values consistent with ethical decision making.
  3. Apply an ethical decision-making process when confronted with ethical dilemmas.