Brad Wendel joined the Cornell faculty in 2004 after teaching at Washington and Lee Law School from 1999 to 2004. Before entering graduate school and law teaching, he was a product liability litigator at Bogle & Gates in Seattle and a law clerk for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Wendel’s teaching interests are in the regulation of the legal profession and torts, and his research focuses on the application of moral and political philosophy to problems of legal ethics.
Ethical reasoning can be a pinnacle of decision making in business. In this course, you will survey the role that ethics play in society and gain a foundation for making good ethical decisions. You'll begin by identifying the similarities and differences between ethics and the law and examine myths and misunderstandings about ethics. You'll then investigate the contributions and insights from a number of major Western ethical traditions and use that analysis to inform your own ethical decision-making process. By the end of this course, you will be able to categorize and evaluate various situations and identify the relevant ethical considerations.
Key Course Takeaways
- Distinguish ethics from other disciplines or modes of reasoning and describe the role of ethics in decisions and actions
- Describe and apply key insights from the Western ethical tradition
- Analyze situations in business and in life, identifying relevant features and ethical considerations
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How It Works
3-5 hours per week
100% online, instructor-led
Who Should Enroll
- Business managers and leaders
- Founders and entrepreneurs
- Anyone looking to work effectively with legal professionals
- Professionals, particularly those working in highly regulated industries