Overview for Approaching Ethical Issues

Discussing ethical issues can be problematic. Before beginning any discussion of ethical issues and biases, show this series of videos that lays the groundwork by providing an overview of the terminology needed and examples of the terms so that there is a shared understanding of the factors that influence ethical thinking. The first video defines ethics, while subsequent videos look at moral reasoning, intuitive and emotional reactions, and biases that motivate what may be considered ethical or unethical behaviors.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Preview the video, create a list and define terms viewers may find unfamiliar, and post the list for the class
  • The six videos in the resource, though short, are intense; therefore, pause between the videos to check for understanding and discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • The videos are designed to be viewed in order
  • Presumes a protocol is in place to conduct a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
  • Each term is followed by examples that illustrate the principle
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