PD9: Ethical Decision Making

PD9: Ethical Decision Making introduces students to 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? Students who take PD9 learn to answer these questions and more by working through games, discussion questions, and reflective activities.

What do PD9 students do?

  • Analyze why good people make bad decisions
  • Reflect on personal ethical views and how these views affect all parties in decision making
  • Recognize personal responsibility and interest in individual and group contexts

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."

Course instructor

Greg Andres

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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 masters 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.

Contact information

You can reach the PD9 course team at pd9@uwaterloo.ca.