hsm230 | undergraduate

Ethical Issues In Human Services Organizations

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This course explores the legal and ethical environments of human service organizations. Students consider tools and traditions for ethical decision-making, the role of the leader, and the role of organizational culture in sustaining a moral vision, and the design of and need for legal and ethical oversight. Students analyze current ethical and legal dilemmas and controversies through case studies and debate.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Promoting Ethics within an Organization

    • Assess the impact of organizational culture on member ethics.
    • Analyze the elements of ethical climate.

    Context of Ethical Decisions

    • Identify ethical dilemmas in human service organizations.
    • Illustrate the moral contract human service organizations have with society.
    • Differentiate between the ethics in nonprofit organizations and those of for-profit businesses.

    Shaping Ethical Cultures

    • Formulate a values statement for a human service organization.
    • Analyze leadership behaviors that shape organizational culture.

    Ethical and Legal Norms

    • Debate aspects of the regulatory environment of human services.
    • Identify methods for ethical oversight.

    Future of Ethical Leadership

    • Identify future challenges and opportunities for ethical leadership in human service organizations.
    • Design an ethical organization.

    Introduction to Law and Ethics

    • Recognize the role of ethics in day-to-day experiences.
    • Compare and contrast the role of ethics with the role of law in organizations.

    Characteristics of Ethical Leaders

    • Recommend a leadership style for a human service organization.
    • Determine the need for ethical leadership in an organization.
    • Develop a moral vision for your leadership and work.

    Ethical Traditions and Tools

    • Apply moral theories of caring to ethical dilemmas.
    • Apply ethical theories and principles to decisionmaking.

    Legal Issues

    • Explain the impact of the law on the delivery of human services.
    • Discuss the legal consequences of violating human service laws.
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