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.
Business and professional leaders sometimes make bad ethical decisions because personal and psychological factors influence how they perceive and address situations. This course is designed to help you recognize such personal factors and take steps to avoid the dangers associated with them. You will begin by considering implicit bias and other limitations that potentially affect all of us. By examining the hallmarks of ethical decision making, you will craft ways to avoid the psychological tendency to begin condoning a lowering of ethical standards. Finally, you will examine several case studies and draw insights from them that may help avoid ethical mistakes in your own decision making.
Key Course Takeaways
- Recognize limitations on ethical decision making that are part of human nature
- Assess the intuitive process by which people typically make and defend ethical decisions
- Identify strategies for mitigating the effects of psychological and systematic errors in ethical decision making
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