An Ethical Compass for Quarterlifers
Part One: Starting the Course: Key Ethics Concepts and Problem-Solving Tools
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STARTING THE COURSE: KEY ETHICS CONCEPTS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING TOOLS
In part 1, as in the start of our “Ethics of Helping Relationships” course, we introduce our conceptual approach to ethics. We present some of the more technical ethical vocabulary in an updated, real-world way. We redefine the term moral compass, a phrase that has found its way into the ethics literature lately. We develop our preferred phrases—moral narratives or an ethic of character—that we believe are truer to our way of teaching students to think about their moral identities, and to develop their understanding of ethical ideas, as lifelong works-in-process. We introduce our course syllabus as a way of showing what we do, and how we do it, in teaching a semester-long course in ethics. Our course, by the way, is one of the original, and longest-standing, courses in a professional school in the country. And, of most importance, we introduce, as well as explain and exemplify, our Four Moral Languages approach to analyzing and resolving ethical dilemmas. Finally, we close out part 1 with a down-to-earth glossary of key ethical terms, the first time we have ever done so in print.
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