Social Science

What comes to mind when you read the term “ethics?” Please review the post here in the classroom with the subject line “”Ethics/Values/Morals/All Please Review” before drafting your response.(see below)

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After reviewing the definition of the term, in your own words, describe how your view of ethics. Please give an example of a time you either felt your personal definition of ethics has been challenged, or when you felt the need to challenge someone else’s ethical beliefs. Please describe the circumstances, and how the interaction made you feel.
must be at least 250 words

 

Ethics is a very broad field of study. Our five week class will touch on only a few of the many aspects of ethics. It’s important to realize that the study of ethics encompasses a wide variety of concepts. To fully understand the nuances of ethics in terms of the human services field, you must be willing to closely examine your own values, and morals. In turn, as you look to a career in human services you will need to assess how your beliefs will interface with your work in the field. The following information on the distinction between ethics, values and morals will serve as the foundation for the classroom discussion on all these concepts.

There are many popular misconceptions about the distinction between ethics, morals and values. The most common misconception is that all three terms mean basically the same thing. As a college student now studying ethics, please have an open mind in terms of learning about ethics. That means putting aside any preconceived notions about what ethics is and is not in preparation to expanding your knowledge base of the ethics, morals and values.

Ethics does not refer simply what is right, and what is wrong. In addition, ethics, morals and values are not interchangeable terms. Rather each of these terms is distinct.

Values refer to you own personal standards of what you believe to be right, or wrong.

Morals refer to the societal norm for what is considered right or wrong. It’s important to remember, however, that societal viewpoints may differ from one society/community to another.

Ethics refers to a structure set of principals that provides a template for what is generally considered civilized behavior. Ethics are independent of whether individually one embraces or rejects them. Ethics are broad, unlike values and morals which are both more personal and specific.

Imagine ethics as the stable framework, much like a picture frame. The framework itself remains constant and unchanged, even if the “picture” within that framework changes. The “picture” inside the frame represents one’s personal values and morals, both of which may change due to a variety of life experiences.

A “code of ethics” represents the agreed upon principals for a particular group or organization. It differs, though, from a code of conduct that is employer based. In our class we will discuss in detail the code of ethics for human services professionals.

Critical thinking skills, introspective self reflection, and an ability to think “outside the box” will help you as you begin your study of ethics.

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