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Professional Ethics and Globalization

William A. (Bill) Brant, J.D., P.E.

Course Outline

You and I are considered to be in the "professions." What are professions? What is ethics? What benefits do ethics provide? What are the sources of ethics?

We hear a lot today of globalization. What is globalization? Is it bad or good? Isn't globalization just a business and economics term? How do you and I fit into the globalization process? How is globalization economically stabilized? We will look at the World Banks, World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations (UN), and the way these organizations affect globalization.

Trust is a big part of globalization. How professional ethics plays its important part, or should play an important part, in today's globalized world will provide insight into what lies ahead. Professional ethics instills trust which is a fundamental element of relationships.

Our premise is that we must think, act, and be ethical, personally and professionally. The Triple Bottom Line (TBL) of business, why globalized corporations are adopting it and how, will be investigated. Can businesses make a profit being socially responsible and ethical?

Our hope is this course will persuade you to embrace ethics and the globalized world will become a better world.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the end of Professional Ethics and Globalization, you will learn to:

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in Professional Ethics and our future as individuals in a globalized society should take this course. Global economic stabilization mechanisms, that in a sense involve each of us, are also covered in this course.

Benefit to Attendees

The course provides professional ethical virtues or values. It proves that trust is required in relationships. Trust and ethics will be required by professional individuals, corporations, and nations as we become interdependent in a truly global society. How our global society is economically stabilized is of value to understand how ethics and trust fit into the picture. An understanding of professional ethics will be vital as we progress into the 21st Century.

Course Content

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Professional Ethics and Globalization.

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Course Summary

We have viewed professional ethics, ethics, globalization, and the global society in the early twenty-first century. We learned the benefits and necessity of ethics in a global society. Trust and happiness can be derived from ethics. Trust is going to be vital if globalization is to be successful for everyone.

We have learned to embrace the professional core ethical values, Integrity, Honesty, Fidelity, Charity, Responsibility, and Self Discipline. We have taken a new look at the Golden Rule and committed to think, act, and be ethical personally and professionally as we head into the globalized society of the 21st Century.

Course References and Links

Course references, endnotes, websites, and acknowledgments are provided with the Course Content.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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