Passionate about making a positive and sustainable impact? We know the feeling. Study How to Make an Impact Ethically and harness that passion to boost your responsible career in the for-good sector.
In this course, which is offered in partnership with Richmond University, you’ll learn to analyze the ethicality of sustainable development and conservation. Discover the frameworks used to drive ethically minded decision making. Develop an understanding of how changes in religious, environmental, political and economical factors affect the evolution of global ethical practices.
This course has been designed using over 2-decades of GVI experience operating in the sustainability sector. Over time, best practices and policies are constantly being adapted in line with advances in research and an increased pool of global knowledge. As such, you’ll begin to develop a strong understanding of the reasoning behind ethical standards within international development organizations, and social enterprises, both today and in the future.
Skills you’ll acquire
After completing this course you’ll be able to:
- Analyse and review current international best practices
- Predict the future standards of globally accepted ethical practice
- Understand frameworks used to support ethically minded operations
- Understand positive and negative ethical impacts as a result of decision making processes
- Recall a series of case studies detailing ethical issues and solutions.
Is this course for you?
This course is for anyone who is looking to develop a mindful career in the ever-evolving space of international development. Whether you are beginning or switching to a career in the for-good industry, this course will help you consistently develop your understanding of ethical best practice as well as recognise and mitigate the effects of malpractice.
On this course, you’ll study a series of ethical dilemmas. One may be the decision to volunteer abroad. The decision is admirable, yes, but even the best of intentions can go wrong when they are not based on best practice.
After considering these dilemmas and volunteering your own solutions, you’ll dive into the macro world of ethics and review case studies on how governing bodies, organizations and individuals conduct “ethical practices”. These will demonstrate how external factors such as money, greed, reputation and unbalanced priorities that can result in unethical decision making and negligence.
Secondly, you’ll become familiar with a variety of ethical decision making frameworks. One might be the Markkula Center Framework which identifies five approaches to be applied when evaluating decisions, especially in an “ethically grey area”. These approaches include utilitarianism, the rights approach, fairness, the common good approach and the virtue approach.
Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to look both forward and inward, to develop your own decision making process. You will leave with a solid understanding of the moral implications of your own actions on both a personal and professional level. This will give you clarity in your own ethical decisions and the confidence to hit the ground running in your career for good.
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1: Ethics and impact introduction
Module 2: Ethics in action
Module 3: Positive (and negative) impact
Module 4: Case studies
Module 5: The future of “doing good”
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