Nowadaysthere are innumerable definitions of ethics and morality. Each author, eachphilosopher, and even each person defines the concept in different ways. Forthis reason, I consider that there isn´t any universal definition. Ingeneral terms, looking at the ethics or morality of something means contemplating thegood or bad of it, the right or wrong of it, the humanness or inhumanness ofit.
Briefly, it means “inquiring how welleach one of us could sleep at night if did that something”.Ethicsand morality are both simple and tricky. It can be easy or hard to know what’scorrect, and easy or hard to do it. Frequently, the tough side is doing whatyou recognise as being right when the opportunity cost is above than you wantto lose. Occasionally, however, it’s not easy distinguish what is right andwhat is wrong. Conventional values change. Cultural values crash.
Ethicaldilemmas introduce us conflicts between equivalent significant moral values.Historical changes and new technologies raise ethical interrogations. Eventhings we never thought twice unexpectedly appear as critical moral issueswhich challenge us.In fact,giving students a course in ethics will not “make them good people”. Any professor can turn “bad people into good ones” and ethics isnot something that we can acquire by studying hard at the university.
The pointon attending a course on ethics during our life as university students is tobetter understand what is the best, and how to pursue it. It may also help us toparticipate in constructive dialogues with others about different controversialideas, since such discussions and debates are an essential part of the way asociety builds its values. Ethicalchallenges arise not only in the future, as mature and adult workers, but alsoduring the period we are students, which means that attending a course onethics will, not only help the student in the long term, but also in the shortterm.
For example, student responsibility arises when students take an effectiveposition in their education by understanding they are responsible for theiracademic and social success. Basically, responsible students take ownership oftheir actions by demonstrating behaviours like revealing academic integrityand honesty, completing the assigned work in an appropriate method, avoidingmaking excuses for their actions, acting in a polite manner that respects the universitylearning and social environment, communicating in a careful and respectful waywith the university community and, respecting diverse opinions and beliefs.