Participants will be introduced to concepts of law, ethics, and situations where the two may conflict. Many people conflate legal compliance with ethical behavior. While this is sometimes true, there are numerous instances in which compliance and ethics diverge. While questions of compliance center around “what am I required to do?” questions of ethics focus on “what should I do?”. This course will first identify instances in which law and ethics differ. This includes outdated or unfair laws, novel or unregulated technologies, laws touching on morality issues where reasonable minds vary based on personal values or beliefs, or the most complex variety, where two ethical positions or values are pitted against one another the rules.
We will explore these concepts through legal case studies illustrating the complexities that can arise when “following the law” may lead to challenging ethical dilemmas. In both scenarios, students may disagree about the “right” thing to do in the situation or change their minds as they learn more details about each case. In the final segment of the course, students will consider applying the concepts to a business case scenario and identify ways to approach future law and ethical conflicts that may arise in their professional or personal lives.
This course is a part of the Authentic Leadership and Business Ethics Certificate.
This online certificate has been designed to challenge you and help you grow as a leader and individual. Explore your leadership potential, understand the essentials to create a more ethical environment in your organization, and foster more innovation and growth.