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Citizenship Toolbox: Ethical Reasoning

Ethical Reasoning

Ethical Reasoning is reasoning about right and wrong human conduct. It requires students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions. Students’ ethical self-identity evolves as they practice ethical decision-making skills and learn how to describe and analyze positions on ethical issues (Association of American Colleges and Universities, n.d.).

The ethical behavior of employees reflects directly on the reputation and financial standing of the business.  Employers need employees who understand ethical perspectives and their consequences and practice ethical decision-making. 

In this section you will find tools for helping you examine the social context of problems, considering the implication of actions in the workplace and in your personal life, and understanding different ethical theories and perspectives.

Source: Association of American Colleges and Universities. (n.d.) VALUE: Valid assessment of learning in undergraduate education. Retrieved from

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