What are ethics?

Ethics are the standards, beliefs or motivation for behaviours that are valued by you as an individual or valued by a group to which you may belong.

Ethics are similar to morals and are 'internal'. However, the law is concerned with prescribing conduct and is 'external' to individuals.

These values, beliefs and attitudes each of us has about:

  • how things should be in the world
  • how people should act in certain circumstances
  • how the important aspects of life are handled (e.g. money, family, relationships, power, male and female roles).

These beliefs and attitudes are extremely important and personal. Values are formed and absorbed by us all as we develop from childhood and through adulthood.

What influences your personal values?

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Figure 6: Personal Values

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