Ethical Decision Making for Professionals


Some of the toughest decisions those in professional and leadership positions must make are those which raise questions of ethics – yet most people in these roles receive little education in the practical knowledge and skills needed to make good ethical decisions. This course fuses robust fundamentals of ethical theory with real-world practicality to help course participants develop an ethical ‘toolbox’ they can draw on when confronted with ethically challenging decisions.

Duration: 1 day

Delivery Mode: Classroom


Advertised: Canberra, Melbourne & Sydney

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the Professional Education Course Unit for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive

  • Comprehensive set of course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea


Praise for Dr Baker’s short courses in ethics:

“Simply excellent” (20/03/2017)

“This has been a superb course” (20/03/2017)

“Great course, so good that I am sorry it's over. … It will certainly stay with me. Thank you Professor Baker!” (29/03/17)

“Very well presented” (04/05/17)

“By far the best short course I have participated in” (22/03/17)

“Great course! My favorite so far” (21/03/17) 


This course is extremely valuable for professionals in a wide range of fields – including defence, law, government and business – as well as managers and administrators who are leaders and decision makers. No prior knowledge of the subjects covered will be assumed.

 A Note for Legal Professionals: If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.


Session One: ‘Know Thyself’ – What kind of ethical decision maker are you?

Session Two: Principles

Session Three: Consequences

Session Four: Character

Session Five: Ethical Decision Making

Session Six: Developing Yourself Ethically and Shaping the Ethical Environment



A Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra, Dr Baker has almost two decades’ experience of teaching ethics in a wide range of academic and professional contexts and on three different continents. He is the author or editor of ten academic books and almost 80 scholarly papers and book chapters. A former Chairman of the Ethics Society of South Africa, Dr Baker has delivered his unique style of ethics education to audiences from organisations including the United States Navy, the Australian Special Air Service Regiment and the South African Council of Educators, and has reached a global audience through his Massive Online Course ‘Military Ethics: An Introduction’, which was a finalist for the 2016 ATOM Awards. He is recognised globally for his work in military ethics, and is currently a Panelist on the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.

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