Our resources are broadly applicable to many fields, and support ethics instruction across different disciplines. Our materials are curated here to offer a starting point for these areas of interest.
What We Offer
100 videos with discussion questions, teaching notes, video transcripts, and bibliographies, as well as 55 case studies with discussion questions, related videos, and bibliographies.
Most of our resources are available in Spanish. Our videos are subtitled. The case studies can be downloaded as PDFs in Spanish (and English). The entire site will be available in Spanish by Fall 2017.
Areas of Interest (Ethics Topics)
Areas of interest, called Ethics Topics, offer our most relevant resources for these nine categories. If you’re unfamiliar with Ethics Unwrapped, you may wish to start with “Intro to Ethics Unwrapped.”
The Ethics Topics begin with a description of the ethics themes covered in our materials that are pertinent to the Topic. “Start Here” features three videos and three case studies to begin exploring this category. Additional videos and case studies that are also relevant are listed separately. The case studies suggested for each Ethics Topic are sorted by academic discipline.
Video/Case Study Pairings
Most videos are paired with at least one case study to illustrate the ethics concept in a real world situation. Each case study includes discussion questions and a bibliography for cited information and further exploration.
Using the Resources in Academia
To integrate Ethics Unwrapped, you can show a video in class, assign a video to watch outside class, or embed a video in an online learning module. Then, prompt conversation. Ask students to answer the video’s discussion questions, and reflect on the concepts and issues raised by the video in class.
Videos make good writing prompts, too. Ask students to apply the ethics concept from the videos to topics covered in your course. Students can dig deeper into the concepts by reading the related case study (or a current event in the news) and answering the case study questions. Have students reason through the ethical dimensions presented in each case, and develop strategies to avoid the ethical pitfalls.
Many of the ethics and leadership concepts covered by Ethics Unwrapped operate in tandem with each other. The more you view, the greater your understanding of ethical issues. To explore our resources further, watch “related” videos and read their corresponding case studies.
Using the Resources in Organizations
To foster ethical culture, you can feature Ethics Defined videos in your organizations’ e-newsletter, share them on social media, or embed them on your company’s intranet. Add a behavioral ethics segment to your ethics and compliance training program, too.
To spark conversation about ethics and leadership, host regular team “lunch and learn” sessions. Show an Ethics Unwrapped video, and use the discussion questions to start reflecting on the ethics concept. How does it show up in personal and professional spheres? How does it manifests in the workplace? Encourage team members to brainstorm how to manage the ethical challenge individually, and as a team.
To enhance ethics and compliance training, incorporate behavioral ethics (see the Behavioral Ethics Topic area). Many behavioral ethics concepts apply on a macro-level to organizations, as well as to individuals. Also, select the most relevant ethics concepts for your organization from Ethics Defined and share your list of recommended videos in workshops. Or, show a selection of these videos during training programs and use the discussion questions to prompt conversation.
Ethics and leadership concepts covered in the Concepts Unwrapped series include case studies. If a case resonates with your organization/industry, use it in training programs to reason through ethical issues with employees. Explore any parallels that emerge between the case and your company. Brainstorm possible solutions to the ethical dilemma, and identify best practices. Commit to practical steps to support ethical decision-making around this issue. Follow-up with team members to track progress on group goals and work on stumbling blocks.
Here is a list of essential concepts from Ethics Defined: Bounded Ethicality, Conformity Bias, Overconfidence Bias, Self-serving bias, Conflict of Interest, Framing, Ethical Fading, Moral Equilibrium, and Rationalizations.
To build on that foundation, add Incrementalism, Integrity, Corruption, Moral Muteness, Role Morality, Obedience to Authority, Groupthink, Diffusion of Responsibility, In-group/Out-group, Altruism, and Prosocial Behavior.
Many of the concepts covered by Ethics Unwrapped operate in tandem with each other. The more you view, the greater your understanding of ethical issues and their impact on ethical culture within an organization.
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