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Many people use morals and ethics interchangeably. The concept of law is quite another topic. In order to properly understand ethical concepts, it is important to understand the concepts of morality and the law.  The definition of morals will reference ethics in a circular definition; same goes for ethics. But ethics represents an innate knowledge of right/wrong distinctions.  Ethics transcends culture, religion, and time.

Morality is defined as having and living per a moral code, or principles of right and wrong.  Basic morality condemns murder, adultery, lying and stealing. Ethics explores the idea of morality and its place in society and addresses questions about morality. The law is based on principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people. 

This course evaluates these concepts and put them in a business context.

Learning Objectives

• Explore the meaning and examples of morality, ethics and the law.
• Recognize the differences between morality, ethics and the law.
• Identify distinguishing factors between morality and ethics.
• Explore philosopher’s theories of morality and ethics.
• Discover a case study experiment on morality and ethics.
• Explore authoritative behavior versus ethics.
• Recognize the realities of ethical authority.
• Explore example cases of moral/ethical and legal dilemmas.

Last updated/reviewed: February 04, 2018

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Expert Certifications:

15 CoursesEthical Leadership Certification

  1. History of Ethics
  2. Psychology Behind Ethics: Part 1
  3. Psychology Behind Ethics: Part 2
  4. COSO 2013 Control Environment Compliance
  5. Corporate Ethics
  6. Managing Through Corporate Politics
  7. Real World Business Ethics Scenarios
  8. Relationship between Ethics, Morality, and the Law
  9. Impact of Ethics on Leadership
  10. Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader
  11. Framework for Ethical Decision Making
  12. Keys to an Effective Code of Conduct
  13. Keys to Understanding Conflicts of Interest
  14. When The Whistle Blows Part 1: History, Regulations, and Concepts
  15. When The Whistle Blows Part 2: Managing Whistleblower Hotlines

6 Reviews (25 ratings)Reviews

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Lynn gave real-life examples on how ethics, moral and the law will affect one's life when it comes to tough situations. These examples will really make you think deeper when you're making decisions.
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Lynn Fountain emphatically and clearly explains the distinctions between morality and ethics and how they are applied in organization and society as a whole. She provides good real-world examples.
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Thought provoking ! Thank you Lynn for another great presentation. We are lucky as learners to have you out there.
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Relatively tough and assimilable terms and subject matter handled nicely by Lynn. Well done!!!
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A good overview/refresher of the morals, ethics, and laws.
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Awesome as always


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course, but completion of the instructor's other courses on ethics may be helpful

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  3:42Introduction to Morals vs. Ethics
Ethics, Morality, and the Law
  13:11Meaning of Morality and Ethics
  7:14The Variation
  7:14Distinguishing Factors
  8:21Theories of Jonathan Haidt
  12:43Milgram Experiment
  4:52Authoritarian Behavior and Ethics
  3:35Ethical Authority?
  1:19:14Relationship between ethics, morality and the law
  PDFSlides: Relationship between ethics, morality and the law
  PDFRelationship between ethics, morality and the law Glossary/Index