COURSE CODE & TITLE COCR 1036 Ethics and Integrity: Building Moral Competencies
NO. OF CREDITS: Three (3)
LEVEL: One (1)
PREREQUISITES: None

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This co-curricular course is geared at infusing professional competence and personal integrity through the practice of ethical principles and moral virtues so that one would value the importance of doing the right thing. Principles and virtues are the two sides of the same coin that form the basis for sound ethical decision-making and excellent performance.

 

Ethical principles that will be covered include:

  • integrity (taking the high ground)
  • non-maleficence (doing no harm)
  • respect (according dignity)
  • beneficence (benefitting others)
  • autonomy (promoting self-reliance)
  • fidelity (being faithful)

Moral virtues that will be covered include:

  • prudence (exercising caution)
  • compassion (caring for others)
  • justice (seeking fairness)

The course concludes with matters of excellence in professional competence (delivering your best), ethical decision-making and sound judgment.

 

COURSE RATIONALE

When there is failure to abide and be guided by ethical principles and moral virtues, the quality of performance goes down and the cost of doing business goes up. Ethical challenges are notorious for stimulating powerful emotions and can often lead to counterproductive behaviors. A commitment to doing what is ethically right (that is, the very definition of personal and professional integrity) demands continuous reflection in building professional competence. Integrity has enormous economic implications for value, productivity, and quality of life. Holding oneself to high ethical standards should be the norm, not be the minimum standard. To acquire such a reputation for high ethical conduct can take a lifetime to earn, but can be destroyed in a moment with a single serious ethical transgression! The pressures to compromise ethical principles are enormous in today’s environment as we can witness in the media. While we can cite many examples of unethical practices, the rewards for exemplary ethical conduct are not always readily apparent. In light of these challenges, the need for ethical formation and practice could not be greater.

 

TEACHING STRATEGIES

  • Four levels of literary interpretation:
    • Literal
    • Allegorical
    • Moral
    • Anagogical
  • Use of real-life examples, movies, and video clips that illustrates application of principles and virtues in life and in the workplace.
  • Applied case studies will be used as clear examples of ethical upright behaviour and unethical practice.
  • A terse summary of the essential ethical ingredients or key components will be provided.

 

There will be one 3-hour class per week for 13 weeks and students are expected to complete at least 1 hour assigned reading. Also, students are required to prepare a weekly journal submission on reflective and self-directed learning. Students must be prepared to articulate views in the classroom.

 

Instructors

Name of instructor(s):  Professor Surendra Arjoon

Office address and phone: Room 215, Department of Management Studies, FSS

Email address: Surendra.Arjoon@uwi.sta.edu

Office hours: To Be Advised

 

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