Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Online Business Ethics Course

Facing tough ethical decisions at work? Want to improve the ethical culture of your organization?

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson offers two, free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in business ethics, which you can take at your own pace.

Business Ethics for the Real World

In this course, you will develop an understanding of:
  • • the nature of ethics
  • • the role ethics plays in business
  • • the most commonly encountered ethical dilemmas in a business career

The MOOC provides practical advice on how to identify ethical dilemmas when they arise, how to get enough information to assess one's responsibilities, how to analyze a complex ethical choice, and how to marshal one's own resources and courage to act ethically. Available through June 30, 2014. Register now

Creating an Ethical Corporate Culture

For executives, managers, and supervisors, this MOOC offers:

  • • four key approaches to building an ethical organization and culture
  • • 10 tools for shaping your culture and keeping it strong
  • • how to anticipate and manage unavoidable challenges to an ethical culture
  • • the proven link between ethics, corporate culture, and business performance

Management theorists and ethics experts have increasingly concluded that creating and sustaining the ethical organizational culture is a fundamental task of every level of management. Register now

Two to Three Hours of Business Ethics Training Each Week for Four Weeks: Each course is organized to take no more than 2-3 hours per week, and the course is designed to be completed in four weeks. You can take the courses anytime during the period they are open.

Online Activities on Business Ethics: Each week you will have 2 or 3 short lectures to watch, each no more than 10-15 minutes in length. After watching the lectures, you will have three things to do: a case discussion, a short exercise, and a quiz. The cases are real business situations. The final project for each course is an ethical analysis, which you write, and peer reviews of other students' analyses.

Letter of Completion: Students who complete all of the course requirements will receive a letter of completion from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.


What Students Are Saying

  • This is an excellent course. I recommend to anyone interested in the subject.
    Hemantha De Silva
    May 12
  • I found the course interesting and true to life - fielding problems that we encounter in the everyday world of work.
    Jean Forbes
    May 13
  • I took both courses Business Ethics for the Real World and Creating an Ethical Corporate Culture as requisites for my new job as Communications Manager. My experience was great, I found the lectures very engaging, the activities interesting and down to earth cases study. This courses helped me a lot to develop the company's ethical corporate culture, with interesting tips and step by step work. Would recommend the courses to everyone that's interested in this topics! Keep up the good work!
    Luisa Fainchtein
    May 14