Ethical and Responsible Action courses explore morality. Ethical theories are applied in a variety of social contexts, and the consequences of various actions are considered. As a result, students develop their own reasoned positions on right and wrong human conduct, and they strengthen their sense of personal responsibility, including exhibiting honesty and fairness, striving for excellence, developing a strong work ethic, treating others with tolerance and respect, and acting with integrity.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Three courses compose the category of Ethical and Responsible Action: (I) one first-year communication course with an ethics component; (II) one ethics course or one course with an ethics component; and (III) one course in the major with an ethics component.
Upon completion of their first-year communication course, students will have developed
abilities for ethical speaking and listening.
• For speaking, students will
1. understand plagiarism;
2. pursue ethically sound goals;
3. avoid abusive language.
• For listening, students will
1. be courteous and attentive;
2. maintain an atmosphere conducive to the free and open expression of ideas.
Upon completion of their one ethics course or one course with an ethics component, students will
1. understand more than one theory of ethics and related terms;
2. use the theories studied to analyze a specific issue or case in any discipline.
Upon completion of their one course in the major with an ethics component, students will
1. understand the strengths and weaknesses of the professional code of ethics in their discipline or of the common practices of the profession;
2. analyze a discipline-specific scenario in light of the professional code of ethics in their discipline or the common practices of the profession.
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