3 July 2019

Victoria offering New Zealand’s first ethical leadership MOOC

Global students will be able to learn about ethical leadership from New Zealand, one of the least corrupt countries in the world, thanks to Victoria University of Wellington’s (VUW) latest MOOC.

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Ethical Leadership in a Changing World is the latest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivered through VictoriaX, the VUW edX platform.

The six-week course will teach students the theory and practice of ethical leadership, with a focus on organisations, through the New Zealand perspective.

Course instructor Professor Karin Lasthuizen, Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership in VUW’s School of Management, says the course will help learners explore the role of ethics in organisational decision making.

“We focus on organisations in this course: exploring the role of ethics in organisational decision-making, analysing the actions of leaders from an ethical perspective, and helping learners apply these ideas to their own style of leadership,” said Professor Lasthuizen.

“Drawing on case studies from New Zealand—one of the least corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)— the course also features recognised leaders from the country’s public, private and NGO sectors to inform students about the main issues that ethical leadership should address.”

This is the fourth MOOC for the VUW edX platform, which has a wide global reach. The platform has attracted well over 16,000 international learners to date, ranging in age from 10 to 90-years-old.

The course follows Antarctica: From Geology to Human History and New Zealand Landscape as Culture: Maunga (Mountains), and Restorative Justice and Practice: Emergence of a Social Movement, launched last year, and New Zealand Landscape as Culture: Islands (Ngā Motu), launched in 2017.

Ethical Leadership in a Changing World starts 3 July 2019.

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