Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is offering two free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to the public. Already over 6,000 executives, professors and students have enrolled, and we invite you to join them.

The MOOCs are hosted on the platform and are taught by Kirk O. Hanson, longtime professor of business ethics at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Santa Clara University.


This course explores the nature of ethics, its role in a business career, and how to make practical ethical decisions. Course runs August 10 - December 13, 2015.
Topics Covered Include:
  • • Module One: Introduction to Business Ethics
  • • Module Two: Roles and Ethics
  • • Module Three: Dilemmas and Decisions
  • • Module Four: Ethical Decision Models
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Designed to provide executives, managers, and supervisors the knowledge and tools to create and sustain an ethical culture in their company, department, or work group. Course runs August 10 - December 14, 2015.
Topics covered include:
  • • Module One: What is Corporate Culture? What is and Ethical Culture?
  • • Module Two: Strategies for Managing Ethics in the Organization
  • • Module Three: Tools for Managing the Ethical Corporate Culture
  • • Module Four: The Special Role of CEOs and Boards of Directors
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Overview and Course Expectations:The courses are self-paced. To be successful, students should plan about two hours per module to interact with the course content, which includes introducing yourself, watching the video vignettes, posting to case discussions, completing and posting to exercises, taking end-of-module quizzes, submitting a 400 word ethical analysis, and completing peer reviews of three other student ethics analyses. Further instruction is provided with in each module and in the Student Overview Module that lists the course requirements.

Letter of Completion and Badges:Students who complete all of the course requirements will receive a letter of completion from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and a digital badge from the instructor. No academic credit is granted.

Contact Patrick Coutermarsh at for questions or further information.

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