Ethics Unwrapped is broadly applicable to many fields, and supports ethics instruction across different disciplines. Nine categories curate our materials for easy exploration and learning.
What We Offer
131 videos with discussion questions, teaching notes, video transcripts, and bibliographies. 86 case studies with discussion questions, related videos, and bibliographies.
Our website is bilingual, and all our materials are available in English and Spanish. Our videos are subtitled in Spanish, and close captioned for the deaf and hearing impaired. The case studies and teaching notes can be downloaded as PDFs in English or Spanish.
To access the Spanish version of our website, select “Español” in the top bar (far right) next to the university logo.
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 reading.
Many of our resources, but not all of them, are sorted according to nine general areas of interest. These categories are a way to access and explore the bulk of our content through a particular focus or practice area.
Each category begins with an overview of the ethics concepts in our resources as they relate to that area of interest. “Start Here” features three videos and three case studies to begin learning. Additional videos and case studies applicable to the category are listed separately. The suggested case studies are sorted by academic discipline.
If you’re unfamiliar with Ethics Unwrapped and what it offers, you may wish to start with “Intro to Ethics Unwrapped” for an overview of the program and its resources.
Using the Resources in Academia
To integrate Ethics Unwrapped in coursework, show a video in class, assign a video to watch outside class, or embed a video in an online learning module such as Canvas. Then, prompt conversation in class. Ask students to answer the video’s discussion questions, and to reflect on the concepts and issues raised by the students in the video.
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 the resources further, watch “related” videos and read their corresponding case studies.
Using the Resources in Organizations
To foster ethical culture in organizations, feature Ethics Defined videos in your organizations’ e-newsletter, share them on social media, or embed them as a resource on your company’s intranet. Share a blog post, too, or bring one up with your team to introduce ethics to the conversation and stimulate everyone’s thinking about ethical issues and right leadership. Everyone in the organization will benefit from adding a behavioral ethics component to company’s ethics and compliance training program.
To spark conversation about ethics and leadership, host regular team learning sessions or brown bag “lunch and learn” events. Show an Ethics Unwrapped video, and use the discussion questions to start reflecting on the concept or idea described. How does it manifests in the workplace? How do the students’ behaviors echo the behaviors of employees, or differ from it? Talk about how the concept shows up in personal and professional spheres, and share examples. Encourage team members to brainstorm how to manage ethical challenges 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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