PD9: Ethical Decision Making

PD9: Ethical Decision Making introduces the complex concepts underpinning ethical behaviour in the workplace.

How can you make “good” decisions when you’re facing intense pressure from competitors and peers? Does trying to make a profit make you greedy? In PD9 you'll learn to answer these questions — and more — by working through games, discussion questions and reflective activities. 

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What will you do in PD9?

  • Analyze how interests and incentives affect the decisions people make.  
  • Reflect on personal ethical views and how these views affect all parties in decision making.  
  • Recognize personal responsibility in individual and group contexts.   

Grading information

To pass PD9, you must satisfy both requirements below: 

  • earn an overall grade of at least 50% on Assignments 1 - 4 (plus any bonus opportunities) 

  • receive a minimum of 50% on the Major Reflective Report 

If you have a question about grading in PD9, contact the course team.

Course instructor

Greg Andres

Greg Andres 

Dr. Andres is a continuing lecturer within the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. He earned his first bachelor’s degree in theology from a small college in southern Saskatchewan and pursued his growing interest in philosophy at the University of Waterloo, where he successfully obtained bachelor's and master’s degrees. He then attended the University of Western Ontario for his doctoral studies, focusing on one question: which logic — if any — is the correct logic? 

Since then, Dr. Andres has returned to the University of Waterloo to pursue his passion for teaching. Greg’s enthusiasm and thought-provoking lectures engage students and frequently result in animated debates in and out of the classroom. Greg was recognized for his exceptional teaching with the Arts Teaching Award in 2013. 

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Student testimonials

I enjoyed thinking about the ethical issues while going through the course material. It provided me with a different perspective on life.

Great course! As a person who previously looked at decision making as a purely rational exercise, the introduction to social action problems and the impact of incentives changed how I view ethical decisions.

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