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Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014 URL: http://guides.rasmussen.edu/ethics Print Guide Email Alerts

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Purpose of This Guide

 

The General Education Committee created this guide to illustrate the value of Ethics & Professional Responsibility. 

Ethics is behavior and decision-making which impact a greater good in the world and workplace. Ethics tends to be derived from our cultural and social norms, whereas morals are associated with personal beliefs. While our state and federal laws are often enacted to align with our (cultural and social) ethics, ethics and laws are most certainly not the same thing. When you view the short ethical videos in the Activities tab, you’ll hear one man discussing the leaking of classified government documents saying, "I'm glad he did it, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be prosecuted." Ethics is full of gray areas, but being able to think critically about these is essential to operating any sustaining, thriving organization. That’s why Ethics & Professionalism, this quarter’s Rasmussen College General Education theme, is so important to us all.

We encourage you to explore the guide by clicking on the tabs above.

 

Video: An Introduction to Philosophical Ethics


 

Primary ethics. (2013). An Introduction to Philosophical Ethics. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://vimeo.com/48525864

 

National Public Radio Program: The Ethicist

Cohen, R. (2007). Peeking In on Teens' Private Web Pages. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9907115

 

Keynote

Click and watch this brief video featuring Tamryn Hennessy, National Director of Career Development for Rasmussen College.  Tamryn will introduce the upcoming Ethics and Professional Responsibility Symposium, presented online in conjunction with Rasmussen College Career Fair Events Week 8.

 

Ethics & Professional Responsibility Survey

Ethics & Professional Responsibility

1. There is no real definition of ethics.
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2. If I always follow the law, I’m confident I’ll always behave ethically.
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3. Because ethical standards are derived from our societal or cultural ideals, they are important to exhibit in the workplace and world.
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4. Because ethical standards are not derived from my personal beliefs, they are not important to exhibit when alone or with my immediate family.
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5. Acting ethically is a black and white matter. There are no gray areas when ethics are involved.
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Exercise: Drowning Child

What would you do? 

What responsibility do we have to people in other countries?

How do you know if what you are doing is ethical or unethical?

Singer, P. (2010). Drowning child.  [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCgmPRxUYDY

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