General Education Resources

ETHICAL REASONING is a decision making process based on defining systems of value.

People with a general education recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings and contexts, identify different systems of ethical reasoning (including disciplinary and professional ethical systems), and assess the consequences of those choices in different contexts. This enables them to understand and evaluate different systems of ethical reasoning.

Students who have ethical reasoning skills can:

  • recognize ethical issues when presented in a complex situation
  • demonstrate their understanding of key concepts and principles underlying various systems of reasoning
  • participate in activities that engage them in ethical reasoning
  • demonstrate the ability to deal constructively with ambiguity and disagreement

Teaching for Ethical Reasoning in Liberal Education


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