NOMOS Ethics & Policy offers training seminars designed to improve ethical reasoning and increase awareness of the ethical issues that arise in a variety of professional contexts. All of our members have extensive classroom leadership experience and provide creative, effective pedagogy which creates positive outcomes for seminar participants.
The Flagship Seminars listed below may be led by any one of our expert members. We also offer specialized seminars, based in each member's individual research and teaching expertise.
Each seminar may be taken as a standalone session. They may also be combined into a curriculum which is specially tailored for you or your business.
If you are interested in a seminar that is not on this list, please contact us to discuss this further; we may be able to develop a customized seminar which meets your specific needs.
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
This seminar introduces participants to the practice of rigorous ethical thinking. It covers the standard theoretical principles of ethics, and it assists participants in applying these to the ethical problems they are likely to encounter in their professional lives. It also helps participants recognize and overcome common biases and other situational and psychological barriers to good ethical decision-making.
Introduction to Professional Ethics
This seminar familiarizes participants with the principal ethical considerations relevant to professional life. These considerations include: professional integrity; honesty in dealing; conflicts of interest; and obligations to owners, customers, co-workers, and other stakeholders. This seminar is perfect for those who are interested in learning about the ethical requirements of professionalism, and who wish to cultivate a strong ethical character in their professional lives.
Ethics for Managers
Supervisory personnel have, by definition, authority over others--and with this authority comes special moral obligations. This seminar helps managers recognize and reflect upon the ethical problems they face. A focus of the seminar is on how managers can identify relevant stakeholders and balance their interests in a morally upstanding way. Other issues discussed include the ethics of resolving employee conflicts, employee rights and duties, privacy in the workplace, and developing a working culture that promotes ethical behavior.
Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace
Discrimination and harassment are serious ethical wrongs which have the potential to occur in nearly all working environments. In addition to their ethical wrongness, discrimination and harassment may decrease productivity, tarnish a firm's public image, and have serious legal ramifications. Yet many people do not have a clear grasp of what makes a particular action an instance of discrimination or harassment. Given the regularity with which these occur and the confusion surrounding them, we have designed this seminar with the aim of teaching participants how to recognize and avoid instances of discrimination and harassment as well as how to handle them if they arise.
Ethics for Legal Professionals
This seminar is designed to assist lawyers, judges, and others identify and navigate ethical problems arising in the legal profession, including conflicts of interest and confidentiality issues. Participants of the course will be better equipped to balance their professional obligations and other duties in a more ethical manner.
Ethics for Development Professionals
This seminar is designed to assist international development professionals identify and navigate ethical problems arising in economic development, including human rights and rule of law issues. The course will help non-profits, funding agencies, and others to make sure that they avoid ethical hazards in their development efforts.
Ethics for Medical Professionals
This seminar is designed to assist medical professionals in recognizing and reflecting on ethical issues that arise in clinical practice. It begins with a discussion of the traditional principles of medical ethics (respect, beneficence, avoiding harm, and justice) and then helps participants to apply these to particular case studies. The course also includes significant portions dedicated to informed consent to treatment and to thinking carefully about factors, such as mental illness, that might undermine a patient’s ability to give valid consent. Finally, this seminar aims to help participants to see how attention to ethical values in clinical practice can help increase professionalism in practitioners and improve patient outcomes.
Ethics for Researchers
This seminar is designed for researchers whose work involves human subjects. It focuses primarily on ethical problems relating to informed consent in research subjects as well as on assisting seminar participants in identifying and weighing the risks and benefits involved in human subject research. In addition, particular attention is paid to cultural factors that bear on the ethical permissibility of research as well as ethical issues relating to subject privacy.