Lesson 1: Professional Codes of Ethics

Many professions create and expect their members to operate under a code of ethics specific to their field. Professions design and implement these codes in hope that they will ensure that their members’ professional actions follow traditional ethical guidelines. But what are professional codes of ethics, and where do they come from? Understanding the context for professional codes of ethics helps us more clearly see their roots in a profession’s values.

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