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HR 516 Ethics in Human Resources

Explore how ethical leadership sets the tone for sustainable success.

8 weeks

Many organizations and their leaders have failed to live up to the public's expectations. As a result of these ethical failures, these organizations no longer exist. Yet plenty of organizations exhibit outstanding ethical behaviors. In HR 516 Ethics in Human Resources, you’ll examine what these organizations do to earn the trust of their employees and the public.

Course Overview

As you examine the evolution of business ethics in North America, you’ll explore the benefits of ethical decision making in business. You’ll see how a stakeholder framework can help you understand organizational ethics by focusing on social responsibility. As you recognize the boundaries of ethical conduct, you’ll consider many of the emerging ethical issues of today, including:

  • Abusive and intimidating behavior
  • Lying
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Bribery
  • Corporate intelligence
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Environmental issues
  • Fraud
  • Insider trading
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Privacy

While it is virtually impossible to determine exactly how any one individual or work group might make ethical decisions, you’ll gain an understanding of the framework to determine how decisions ought to be made. Of course, a person’s ethics are influenced by their backgrounds and philosophies. You’ll gain insight into the stages of cognitive development as it relates to the moral philosophies. You’ll then see how a leader’s ethics can shape a company's values and traditions, which in turn can affect employees' ethical behavior.

Sample Assignment

You’ll complete a large case analysis during which you’ll research the case company's code of ethics, prepare an analysis of your research, and summarize what you learned about the company's ethical practices.

Corporations don’t exist in a vacuum. They are entities in society. As such, it’s important that these organizations develop ethics programs. You’ll look at factors that are required parts of an ethics program as well as common mistakes made in designing, implementing and auditing ethics programs.

As the world and our economies become more and more interconnected, transactions across international boundaries define global business. Formal codes of conduct are less common internationally, and the topics of principle concern shift between countries and across time. You’ll consider global concerns such as the environment, legal approaches to business ethics and compliance measures.

In exploring the relationship between ethical leadership and organizational culture, you’ll discover a number of ways for ethical leaders to appropriately manage conflict. You’ll also see how to address ethical issues and misconduct disasters through a model that can be used to guide a firm’s ethical culture, detect ethical risk areas before they become problematic, and develop methods of recovery if an unethical decision or disaster occurs.

Should employees be legally protected from workplace bullying?

Discuss this and more in HR 516.

Sample Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • An Overview of Business Ethics
  • Ethical Issues and the Institutionalization of Business Ethics
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Individual and Organizational Factors
  • Implementing Business Ethics
  • Ethics in a Global Economy
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Sustainability

What You’ll Learn

Through HR 516, you’ll understand how to cope with conflicts between your personal values and the values of your organization.

  • Be fluent in ethics-related terminology and concepts.
  • Know the fundamental principles, theories, and practices associated with ethics and ethical behavior.
  • Apply course-related knowledge and materials to improve ethical problem solving and decision making.
  • Further develop your communication skills.
  • Discover implications of the course for understanding yourself.

Learn More

In HR 516, you’ll explore how companies succeed or fail at earning the trust and respect of their employees and their customers. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Human Resources degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.