This course will focus on exploring case issues and philosophies as they relate to personal and professional accountability in the public safety environment. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- Background in public safety or obtained permission from the instructor to take this course
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Solve complex ethical case studies, both general and professional
- Identify personal ethical thinking. For example, the student will be able to self-analyze him/herself and society's levels of ethical behavior and decision making using such tools as Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development, virtue ethics, character ethics, and other spheres of ethical thinking.
- Delineate the nine ethical theories that rule the world, and where your ethical thinking fits, if at all, in this spectrum. In particular, you will be able to articulate the major ideas and flaws of several ethical options and to analyze contemporary and classical ethical case studies wherein these ethical ideas may be relevant and applicable. The outcomes of your analysis.
- Describe the four basic worldviews - theism (or ethical theism), naturalism, humanism, and pantheism/transcendentalism. Each has a long history and each has modern manifestations --- modern manifestations that go under many different names which is to say, for example, that pantheism/transcendentalism probably is not even called that today, but as Shakespeare said, "a rose by any other name smells just as sweet." And you will be able to explain why a world view is so critical to life and ethics, and how these world views manifest themselves in everyday life and ethical decision making, and be able to critique them vis-a-vis their logical coherence, relevance, and adequacy to known facts.
- Articulate a social and professional ethical theory that you can use in every day situations, and be able to identify such theories in action as others make ethical decisions.
- Assess the students' own values framework and the impact of the andragogical experience upon your values perspective through discussions, case studies, problem solving, written reviews, and a Life Applications paper and presentation.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Writing Assignments & Article Responses (Week 1-4)
Discussion Participation (Week 1-5)
Movie Report (Week 4)
Life Applications Paper - Final Project (Week 5)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Johnson, Craig E. Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership. 7th ed. Sage Publications, Inc., 2021. ISBN 13: 978-1-5443-5164-3
Additional Required Material
- Video: Twelve Angry Men, 1957 Henry Fonda version or the 1997 Courtney Vance version, or another recent version. Any of the three films are fantastic and can easily be used for this assignment.
|Week||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
|Topic: Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership|
|Topics: Nine Ethical Theories and the Leader's Character|
|Topics: Ethical Perspectives and Leadership Theories|
|Topic: Ethical Decision Making|
|Topic: Ethical Life Application|
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