Ethics Curriculum and Course Infusion

New/Revised Course Development Consultation

The Center for Applied Ethics works with staff on course development to infuse ethics into existing courses or to develop new courses with an ethics component.

COUN 715 Orientation to Counseling

Project: Course Revision
Dr. Stephen Shumate
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Department of Rehabilitation and Counseling
Summary: This course revision (expanding the course from 2 to 3 credits) will align the existing course to become congruent with Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Rehabilitation Educational Programs (CACREP) and incorporate a more comprehensive presentation of ethics in the counseling profession. This change will allow greater time to be devoted to topics of professional roles and responsibilities, ethics, advocacy initiatives and social justice issues, along with enhances focus on counselor's roles within the context of ethical crisis intervention and emergency management. The over-arching goal is to enhance the professional development of Mental Health Counseling graduates who ultimately are licensed to work with vulnerable populations. Increased exposure to formal codes of professional ethics in the counseling profession and additional opportunities to apply these codes to hypothetical dilemmas.

RC 383 Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Standards

(old title – Occupational Safety Regulations and Standards)
Project: Course Revision
Dr. Bryan Beamer
College of Management
Department of Risk Control
Summary: More purposely integrate ethics of choosing various standards for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OEHS) into the course OEHS Standards. To accomplish this objective, the official course objectives are being changed with the UW-Stout Curriculum and Instruction Committee. The objective of the ethics content of the course is to provide students with the ethical tools to correctly choose the appropriate OEHS standard. Additionally, the students will be introduced to the ethical expectations of Safety Professionals.

RC 395 Emergency Preparedness and Response

Project: Course Revision
Dr. Bryan Beamer
College of Management
Department of Risk Control
Summary: Integrate content more related to ethics of Emergency Planning and Response into the course.
The objective of the ethics content of the course is to: 

  • Provide students with the ethical perspective necessary to recognize ethical problems related to a company's emergency response plan (or lack thereof), 
  • Provide students the correct tools to weigh the ethical implications of various decisions when choosing a company's emergency policies, 
  • Explore the ethical expectations of Safety Professionals relating to emergency preparedness, and
  • Understand the historical implications of not having proper emergency planning in place.  

The new ethics content will be integrated into the class by researching articles related to past industrial accidents; examining and debating case studies related to a company's emergency preparedness plans; discussing the ethical ramifications of choices as students are wiring their Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans.


PSYC 280 Forensic Psychology, Law and Ethics

Project: New Course
Dr. Helen Swanson
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
Department of Psychology

Summary: Integrate a course that compasses the field of psychology and law, with ethical issues

For further information contact:  Elizabeth Buchanan, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (232-2477) or Patrick Guilfoile, Provost Office (232-2421)

For guidelines and deadline information, please contact UW-Stout's Curricular Incubation Center.