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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Ethical Leadership (BUS-501)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

April 2024 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: evaluate ethical frameworks of professionals and paraprofessionals within students’ own discipline and affiliated disciplines; articulate necessary steps to lead in an ethical manner in their professions and as citizens in a highly complex global environment; examine the intersects of diversity, culture, and organizational environment on the emergence of ethical issues and ethical decision-making; recommend sustainable solutions for ethical issues in their disciplines; and apply leadership techniques in various roles and across disciplines for the benefit of organizations.


This graduate course offers a comprehensive exploration of ethical leadership through an interdisciplinary lens. Ethical leadership is a critical aspect of effective management and governance in various sectors including business, government, non-profit organizations, and academia. Drawing upon insights from philosophy, psychology, sociology, organizational behavior, and political science, this course delves into the complexities of ethical decision-making and leadership in contemporary society. Students engage with foundational theories of ethics, examining concepts such as virtue ethics, deontology, consequentialism, and ethical relativism with emphasis on interdisciplinary perspectives enabling students to understand how factors such as culture, power dynamics, social norms, and institutional structures influence ethical leadership. Special attention is given to the intersectionality of leadership, considering issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Credit recommendation: 

In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business or Leadership (4/24).