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6 Tuesday’s beginning February 25th.
Course Syllabus and Rational
Even with the highest ideals and best intentions, we don’t always know the right thing to say or do. Living with integrity is never easy. We all try the best we can. But every one of us faces dilemmas day in and day out that challenge our sense of right and wrong.
Lesson 1 Privacy 02/05/13
Are you obligated to share sensitive information about your friend with his or her potential employer or spouse? Are you allowed to read information embedded in an electronic file that the sender didn’t intend for you to see? Is it ethical to use a covert nanny cam to protect your children? How will you decide?
Lesson 2 Forgiveness 02/12/13
Should you forgive domestic violence? Is it correct to forgive the one who harmed you when you cannot do so with sincerity? Should you forgive if the offender refuses to admit doing anything wrong? What about when the person you harmed is no longer alive: Is forgiveness still possible then?
Lesson 3 Charity 02/19/13
When faced with a choice to save the whales, feed the starving in Africa, or give to your local synagogue, where should your charitable priorities lie? Do taxes, tuition, and community dues count as charity? Should you give to a beggar when he may use your donation to buy drugs or alcohol?
Lesson 4 Parents 02/26/13
When your children and parents both need care, where do your responsibilities lie? What are your responsibilities to your in-laws? What is the extent of your financial obligation to your parents? When there are multiple siblings, how should the filial responsibility be delegated?
Lesson 5 Honesty 03/05/13
Should you lie to avoid hurting your parents’ feelings, protect your kids from a frightening truth, or keep a dying man from knowing his fate? How about speaking a white lie to keep a surprise party secret, or exaggerating in an interview to get a job? Where do you draw the line?
Lesson 6 Commitments 03/12/13
Your friend is depending on your investment to get his business up and running. You agreed to help your friend move. You made a large pledge, but circumstances have since changed. Just how binding are your commitments? When is it all right to renege?