Course design

Course design

Course Syllabus
College of Social Sciences
HSM/230 Version 3
Ethical Issues in Human Services Organizations
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Course Description

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.


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Course Materials

Manning, S. S. (2003). Ethical leadership in human services. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

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Week One: Introduction to Law and Ethics

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

Course Preparation
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