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Ethics and personal deontology

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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesEthics and personal deontology

Although the professional world demands various skills, ethics is the meta-value that should be present in every profession.

In life we constantly face situations that have a moral component. However, our brain is lazy and we are inclined towards polarization. We create ethical dilemmas in our head: "Should I or shouldn't I do it", "good or bad", "white or black". The truth is that most of these situations involve problems and not ethical dilemmas. If the answer always meant doing the right thing instead of the wrong thing, everything would be very simple.

However, the problem is when there are two or more conflicting values. Finding an answer that safeguards a bit of both values is the real challenge of ethical action. This course aims to teach, among other things, a methodology to identify values, analyze the ways to act and find the best way to act in the face of ethical problems.

Learning objectives

  • Know the fundamentals of ethics in order to complement professional development.
  • Foster critical thinking in order to solve ethical problems, not only professionally, but in any situation of everyday life.
  • Apply ethical principles to the student's future profession.
  • Get in the habit of reflective practice on reality, both in life and professionally.
  • Know the main ethical conflicts of today and the near future.

Contents of the Subject

Ethics and personal deontology

  • 1. Introduction: the dilemma is the problem.
  • 2. Do we adapt to the environment or adapt the environment to us? Differences between ethics and morals
  • 3. What moves the action is always a value. What are values?
  • 4. Hierarchy of values. What happens when there is a conflict between values?
  • 5. The deliberation. The solution to conflicts between values
  • 6. Practice of the deliberative exercise
  • 7. Facts, morals and rights
  • 8. How to apply ethics in my professional life?
  • 9. Ethics and new technologies
  • 10. Aporophobia: rejection of the poor. A reflection on global justice: compassion and vulnerability
  • 11. Contemporary ethical conflicts
  • 12. Contemporary ethical conflicts II
  • 13. Ethical conflicts of the future
  • 14. Ethical conflicts of the future II


profesor Professor of Ethics and personal deontology

Ramón Ortega Lozano