On Ethics Grounds: Where do we stand at UNA?

Damaris Castro García


At a time when there is a very clear need for ethical practices in the workplace, this paper presents ways to invite ethics into our classrooms, particularly a university setting. A general review of key concepts such as morals, values and ethics is addressed first, and then the discussion leads to how these concepts become intertwined until they result in a real reflection of the principles that guide our choices and finally our actions in everyday life; and most importantly, how these actions have an impact on society. An analysis is provided of the role that the literature has traditionally assumed to be ideal for leaders, professors and students in modern societies. This is done through the discussion of the elements that play an important role in achieving this goal and that can be identified clearly as markers of successful ethical grounds. Special attention is given to the concept of ethical culture, which is subdivided into ethical culture and ethical climate and how they impact what can happen in the workplace. Several practices that are applicable to the classroom are also described to exemplify how these ethical practices can be part of our classrooms, regardless of the students’ major.

En momentos en que la necesidad de prácticas éticas en el lugar de trabajo es imperante, este artículo presenta una invitación a incluir tales prácticas en nuestras clases, muy especialmente en nuestro entorno universitario. Se inicia con una referencia a una serie de conceptos básicos como la moral, los valores y la ética; luego se discute cómo dichos conceptos se entrelazan para, posteriormente, llegar a una reflexión real sobre los principios que guían nuestras decisiones, cómo estas últimas influyen nuestras acciones diarias y, mucho más importante aún, cómo a su vez estas acciones impactan nuestra sociedad. Se analiza el papel que la literatura ha asumido tradicionalmente como ideal para líderes, profesores y estudiantes en sociedades modernas. Esto se lleva a cabo a través de una discusión sobre los elementos claves para alcanzar una función ética, elementos que pueden identificarse claramente como señales de prácticas éticas exitosas. Se presta especial atención a los conceptos de «cultura ética» y «clima ético» y a cómo afectan lo que ocurre en el ambiente de trabajo. Adicionalmente se describen algunas prácticas que podrían aplicarse en el contexto de la clase para ejemplificar cómo las prácticas éticas pueden estar presentes en nuestras aulas universitarias sin importar cuál sea el área de especialización del estudiantado.

Palabras clave

ethics, ethical practices, ethical culture, ethical climate, leaders, Higher Education ética, prácticas éticas, cultura ética, clima ético, líderazgo, educación universitaria

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