7.1 Integration with existing courses or using as a standalone programme

All the E4J Modules have been designed in a way that they could either be offered as a stand-alone Module or integrated within an existing course. As mentioned before, the modular structure allows you to select only those that are relevant within a specific context. You may also create a complete course on anti-corruption, integrity and ethics by using all 14 E4J Ethics Modules and all 14 E4J Anti-Corruption Modules, or mix and match with the E4J Modules on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice for example.

As a stand-alone programme, the E4J anti-corruption, integrity and ethics material could be offered as either a voluntary or mandatory addition to a course, e.g. as a workshop offered outside the normal scheduled sessions. It could also be offered as part of summer or interim sessions or as public sessions with broader participation than simply the registered students.

Integration within an existing course requires advanced planning, because a specific session would have to be scheduled in a course outline, which may have to go through internal approval processes. You probably have substantial flexibility to introduce new, but related, content in a course outline.

For example, in a media and communications studies course there is likely to be an existing focus on ethics and possibly corruption awareness. In such a case, you can either replace the existing content with the E4J Module or adapt/merge the existing content with the E4J content. If there is no existing ethics content, you will have to rearrange the current content to create space in the course outline for the E4J material.

It remains your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the academic requirements of your specific institution. The process described above might not always be possible. Below is an example of how E4J Ethics Module 1 could be adapted as a stand-alone course [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

SessionTopicBrief description
1IntroductionDealing with ethical dilemmas and introducing the concept of integrity
2Substantive versus meta-ethicsDistinction between substantive and meta-ethics
3Cultural relativismDealing with the issue of different cultures and different moral codes
4Subjectivism and egoismSubjectivism, emotivism and reason
5Social contract theoryHobbes, the prisoner’s dilemma
6UtilitarianismOverview of theory and main philosophers, with examples of application to specific cases
7DeontologyOverview of theory and main philosophers, with examples of application to specific cases
8Virtue ethicsOverview of theory and main philosophers, with examples of application to specific cases

Unit 7: Module adaption and delivery

7.2 Localizing the content and adapting time frames