there are innumerable definitions of ethics and morality. Each author, each
philosopher, and even each person defines the concept in different ways. For
this reason, I consider that there isn´t any universal definition.
general terms, looking at the ethics or morality of something means contemplating the
good or bad of it, the right or wrong of it, the humanness or inhumanness of
it. Briefly, it means “inquiring how well
each one of us could sleep at night if did that something”.
and morality are both simple and tricky. It can be easy or hard to know what’s
correct, and easy or hard to do it. Frequently, the tough side is doing what
you recognise as being right when the opportunity cost is above than you want
to lose. Occasionally, however, it’s not easy distinguish what is right and
what is wrong. Conventional values change. Cultural values crash. Ethical
dilemmas introduce us conflicts between equivalent significant moral values.
Historical changes and new technologies raise ethical interrogations. Even
things we never thought twice unexpectedly appear as critical moral issues
which challenge us.
giving students a course in ethics will not “make them good people”. Any professor can turn “bad people into good ones” and ethics is
not something that we can acquire by studying hard at the university. The point
on attending a course on ethics during our life as university students is to
better understand what is the best, and how to pursue it. It may also help us to
participate in constructive dialogues with others about different controversial
ideas, since such discussions and debates are an essential part of the way a
society builds its values.
challenges arise not only in the future, as mature and adult workers, but also
during the period we are students, which means that attending a course on
ethics will, not only help the student in the long term, but also in the short
term. For example, student responsibility arises when students take an effective
position in their education by understanding they are responsible for their
academic and social success. Basically, responsible students take ownership of
their actions by demonstrating behaviours like revealing academic integrity
and honesty, completing the assigned work in an appropriate method, avoiding
making excuses for their actions, acting in a polite manner that respects the university
learning and social environment, communicating in a careful and respectful way
with the university community and, respecting diverse opinions and beliefs.