Our resources are broadly applicable to many fields, and support ethics instruction across many different disciplines. Here, our materials are curated to offer a starting point for these nine areas of interest.
What We Offer
Ethics Unwrapped includes 100 videos with discussion questions, teaching notes, video transcripts, and bibliographies. We also offer 55 case studies with discussion questions and bibliographies.
Most of our resources are available in Spanish. Our videos are subtitled, and 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)
If you’re unfamiliar with our materials, you may wish to start with “Intro to Ethics Unwrapped” before exploring your area of interest.
Nine areas of interest, called Ethics Topics, offer our most relevant resources for these categories. The Ethics Topic begins with a description of the ethics content and themes covered in our materials that are pertinent to the topic area. “Start Here” features three videos and three case studies to begin exploring this category. Additional videos and case studies that are also relevant to the topic area are listed separately. The case studies 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 into your course, you may wish to show a video in class, assign a video to watch outside of class, or embed a video in an online learning module. Then, ask students to answer the video’s discussion questions or reflect on the issues raised by the video in class.
You may also use videos as a writing prompt. Encourage students to apply the ethics concept illustrated in the video to topics covered in class. Students can dig deeper by reading the related case study (or a current event in the news). Then, ask students to describe how the ethics concept is expressed in the case and/or have them reason through the ethical dimensions presented.
To explore our resources further, watch “related” videos and read their corresponding case studies. Many of the ethics concepts covered by Ethics Unwrapped operate in tandem with each other, so the more you watch, the greater your understanding of ethical issues.
Using the Resources in Organizations
To foster ethical culture in your organization, you may wish to feature an Ethics Defined video regularly in your company e-newsletter, embed videos on your company’s intranet, or post videos on your company’s social media channels.
To spark conversation about ethics and leadership in your organization, host a regular team “lunch and learn” session. Begin by showing an Ethics Unwrapped video. Then, use the video’s discussion questions to prompt reflection. Explore how the ethics concept manifests in the workplace, and ask team members to brainstorm how they can manage the challenges as a team. If appropriate, commit to small, practical steps to enact change. Follow-up with team members to track progress on group goals and identify stumbling blocks.
You may also use the resources to develop or supplement ethics and compliance training workshops. Begin by selecting the most relevant ethics concepts for your company/industry. Show the videos and/or read the related case studies. Use the discussion questions to encourage conversation. Ask employees to describe how the ethics concepts are expressed in your organization/industry, and explore how these concepts show up in your professional lives. Reason through the ethical dimensions of case studies together, and explore any parallels that emerge within your industry or organization. Many of the ethics concepts apply to organizations on a macro-level, as well as to individuals.
If you’re uncertain where to begin, start with the basic 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 ethics concepts covered by Ethics Unwrapped operate in tandem with each other, so the more you watch, the greater your understanding of ethical issues and their impact on ethical culture within an organization.
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