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Course title: Advanced Seminar Ethical Decision Making
Course number: EDLP 225 Location: Library 4026 (W), Library 4021 (S)
Semester: Fall Year: 2004
Days: 8/25; 9/1, 8, 11, 18, 22, 29 Times: Wed's 5:30-8:30pm; Saturdays 8am-4pm
TA: Marco Martinez, TA Phone: (916) 278-5513, TA email: marco@csus.edu

“How can I maintain my integrity while seeking success?”
Bell, D. (2002). Ethical ambition: Living a life of meaning and worth. New York, N.Y.: Bloomsbury.

EDLP 225, Fall 2004

Advanced Seminar: Ethical Decision Making

Dr. Rosemary Papa (aka Papalewis)
Professor, Educational Leadership, Dept. of Education Leadership & Policy Studies
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

CTL offices – 4thfloor, Library 4026, Sacramento, 95819-6084
Work fax: (916) 278-7301
Email: rpapalewis@csus.edu
Web: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/p/papalewisr/

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:30-5pm, on-line, and by appointment
Home phone: (916) 419-1336
Home fax: (916) 419-1337

Catalog Course Description
This course links analysis with action through a survey of the ethical, legal, and professional issues facing the public or private education administrator. Underlying decision making is to understand the basic nature of the academic enterprise and apply social and moral values to the management of higher education and ethical decision making. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Education: Higher Education Leadership Option.
(California State University, Sacramento 2004-2006 Catalog) or approval of the Instructor.

Ethical decision making is underscored by philosophical, social and moral standards and codes, and these form the basis for understanding the relationship between ones values and decisions made in the organizational setting. Pragmatic interaction may include: ethical higher education dilemma’s shaped by leadership, business economics, corporate conscience, religious ethics, global relationships, environment, pluralism (race, ethnicity, gender, language, age, orientation), athletics, technology, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, etc.

Abraham Lincoln:
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.

HH the Dalai Lama:
Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.

Mark Twain:
Always do right--this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
message to Young People's Society, Greenpoint Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York, February 16, 1901
Copyright © 1995-2003 Jone Johnson Lewis. All Rights Reserved. http://www.wisdomquotes.com/cat_ethics.html

Margaret Mead:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has."


Course Objectives

This course is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To explore the ethical dimension in the study and practice of leadership in educational institutions;
  • To study and apply the major normative ethical theories to educational situations;
  • To understand the relevance of stakeholders to decision making;
  • To analyze and discuss case situations presenting ethical dilemmas;
  • To encourage ethical behavior and professionalism in all ones actions;
  • Reflect and reexamine your sense of motivation and locus of control
    Values, yes! But, whose values?
    What is right, what is just, what is fair?
  • Write Ethics Dilemma paper for possible inclusion in a referred eJournal of Education Policyhttp://www.jep.csus.edu
  • Expectations of Class Participants/Grading

    This seminar requires active sharing and debate of pragmatic ethical practices covered in course readings. Active class/internet participation is vital and consists of (1) attendance (synchronous and asynchronous); (2) active and thoughtful participation in class/internet discussions based on a thorough and critical analysis of readings; (3) participation in group activities; and, (4) completion of written assignments. Students will receive course grades in recognition of the quality of their work on writing assignments and class/discussion participation. Absences will be handled on an as needed basis with additional assignments required (350, pro/thes relate).
    All written assignments must follow APA style (5th edition). Academic integrity is rigorously expected. Information on correct APA citing can be found at: http://library.csus.edu/plagiarism

    Internet Etiquette: Written words sharing our professional expertise and thoughts are perceived differently than those spoken aloud. Please be respectful to others when expressing yourself in writing.

    Note: I wish to include persons with disabilities in this course. Please let me know if there are accommodations I can make in the curriculum or instruction to facilitate your full participation. I will make every attempt to maintain confidentiality.

    Ethics Dilemma Paper

    The ethics dilemma paper should focus on a topic of your choice. Your paper may be individually written, though you are encouraged to work with a team of your class colleagues. If this paper is a team endeavor, individuals within each group will “grade” each other on their work effort.

    • The word count is 1,000 words total for the paper, using APA writing style.
    • A minimum of five sources should be utilized: (1) web based readings, (2) popular press (e.g., Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report); (3) specialty press (e.g., Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, Educational Leadership, Education Beat); and/or (4) academic literature found live and virtual.
    • The goal is to have a publishable paper ready for the electronic journal, on the last day of class.


    Mission Statement of the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Department

    The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies is to develop educational leaders from diverse backgrounds, who will positively impact the improvement of educational institutions and environments – from pre-K through university and professional levels. These leaders will:• Be visionary change agents; • Create collaborative learning communities; • Engage in reflective practice; • Ensure diversity and equity; • Implement research-based practices and site-based best practices; and,• Build capacity through leadership development




Key Links For Students:
CSUS Academic Honesty: Policy and Procedures.
Plagiarism Information for CSUS Students and Faculty.
Academic Program Access for Students with Disabilities.
Services to Students with Disabilities.