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  This module is a resource for lecturers  

 

Introduction

 

Why is it that some actions are legal but not ethical, or ethical but not legal? This Module is designed to be used by lecturers in a variety of disciplines who wish to introduce their students to the ideas of integrity, ethics and law, including what these concepts stand for and how they are different. Integrity, ethics and law are in the news daily and regularly impact students' lives, so all students will benefit from having a clear understanding of these ideas and the challenges they raise. The discussion of legal issues is basic, rendering the Module ideal as a component in non-legal courses and programmes. However, law students would benefit from this Module as well because it introduces a fundamental distinction that all law students will encounter: what is the difference between law and ethics? Thus, the Module could be integrated into introductory courses in law and national legal systems, courses in legal ethics, or any law course that raises issues of ethics.

The Module is a resource for lecturers. It provides an outline for a three-hour class but can be used for shorter or longer sessions, or extended into a full-fledged course (see: Guidelines to develop a stand-alone course).

 

Learning outcomes

 
  • Understand the concepts of integrity, ethics and law, including how they overlap and how they are different
  • Understand and analyse a problem involving integrity, ethics and law in the public domain, and create and evaluate solutions
  • Anticipate, identify and reflect on problems regarding integrity, ethics and law in their own lives
  • Recognize the importance of integrity, ethics and law in resolving challenges they will face in the future
 

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