Professional ethics is a branch of applied ethics. Professional ethics focuses on the behaviour expected by professionals, such as in medicine, business, education, counselling, and ministry. Professional ethics raises questions about what ethical standards or rules ought to govern professionals providing specialized services to the public. This course introduces students to the general study of ethics, and to professional and applied ethics specifically. Topics include professional duties, clients’ rights, honesty, privacy and confidentiality, integrity and trust issues, social responsibility, conflicts of interest and government regulations.
- By the end of this course students will have a foundational understanding of the nature and history of Christian Ethics and its relationship to the field of professional ethics.
- By the end of this course students will have a foundational understanding of the theories and nature of the discipline of Professional Ethics, including its historical location and recent intellectual and social trends within the field.
- By the end of this course students will possess a foundational awareness of the practice of the discipline of Professional Ethics in the workplace.
- Through an examination of major ethical questions, students will be encouraged to develop their own ethical way of life that embodies Christian values such as honesty, integrity, respect, and accountability.
- By the end of this course students will be able to employ the principles of ethical reasoning ton engage ethical challenges within the workplace.
- By the end of this course students will be able to apply theologically grounded ethical principles to life and ministry contexts across the professions.