Ethics involves the study of standards relating to right and wrong. Ethics
is about what we "ought" to do. Ethical dilemmas occur when
two choices--each of which appears to be right--come into conflict. We
call these right-versus-right dilemmas, and our research shows that all
of us face them all of the time, at home and at work:
- Should I tell on a friend or say nothing and remain loyal?
- Should I sacrifice my own needs for the needs of the larger group?
- Should I always do what the rule says, or are there exceptions that ought
to be made?
The Ethical Fitness Seminar is designed to assist in laying the conceptual
groundwork for understanding and resolving the tough right-versus-right
issues that face each of us every day. It provides participants with a
language of ethics and opens their eyes to the rich ethical fabric of
the world around them.
Goals of the Ethical Fitness Seminar
- To cultivate an awareness that sound ethics is essential for survival in
the twenty-first century
- To provide a language for talking about ethics and to encourage discussion
of ethical issues
- To provide practical experience in negotiating a set of values that reflects
a group's common ethical ground
- To promote Ethical Fitness by providing practical tools to use in dealing
with difficult dilemmas
Intended Learning Outcomes As a result of this seminar, participants should be able to:
- Understand the changing role of ethics in a technologically driven world
- Use ethics terminology in a clear and consistent manner
- Broaden their understanding of the difference between right and wrong and
the concept of right-versus-right ethical dilemmas
- Analyze right-versus-right dilemmas using four paradigms and develop an
ability to resolve them using three decision principles