About this course

Why do good people and organizations act unethically? Why do people who apparently know right from wrong nonetheless act unethically? The session will begin with a discussion of the classic Stanley Milgram punishment experiments, seeking to understand how they help explain unethical behavior. The class then uses examples to provide a foundation for analysis regarding the relationship between work ethics and personal ethics, while seeking to understand whether you could be the next person to act unethically.

Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

What you will learn?
Understand how and why individuals do ethically bad things
Analyze why organizations do bad things
Examine how unquestioned deference to superiors and authority may cause unethical behavior
Discuss the concept of administrative evil
Explore moral diversity and how it addresses the problems of unethical behaviour
1.5 hours on-demand video
Certificate of completion
Beginner level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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2 Quiz
1 Video
1.5 hours
Section 1. Why Good CPAs and Firms do Bad Things-Part1
Why Good CPAs and Firms do Bad Things
1h 8m 49s
Review Questions
5 questions
Section 2. Final Exam-Part1
Final Exam
8 questions
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David Schultz /INSTRUCTOR
Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Law

David Schultz is Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Legal Studies at Hamline University. He is also a professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. David has a B.A. and M.A. in political science and philosophy, a J.D. and LLM in law, and a Ph.D. in political science. Professor Schultz has more than 30 years of teaching, including 15 years in a business school. David has taught ethics classes for CPAs, accountants, and other business professionals for more nearly 25 years and his clients include many Fortune 500 companies. A three-time Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe and Asia, and the winner of the Leslie A. Whittington national award for excellence in public affairs teaching, David is the author of more than 40 books and 200+ articles, including extensive research on ethics, the media, and communications strategies, and he is regularly interviewed and quoted in the local, national, and international media on these subjects including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist, and National Public Radio.