This course was designed in 1997 by a team of professional ethicists, professors of philosophical ethics, and business and technical personnel.  The team was spearheaded by Candice Shelby, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, as well as Director of the Center for Ethics and Community at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.

The EODS was developed for PSS’s unique approach to ethics education.  Beginning with this self-discovery survey allows individuals to discern the difference between their own and other equally valuable approaches to ethical problems.  This illumination is essential if individuals are to become capable of viewing a problem with sympathy from a variety of perspectives, a skill which is central to performing a complete analysis.

PSS has offered ethics courses across the front range and nationally for the past decade, providing ethics training to engineers, lawyers (through Colorado Continuing Legal Education), bankers, the E-470 Authority, and city officials from a number of municipalities.  It is our view that theoretical, or philosophical, considerations cannot be overlooked in any ethics training that hopes to provide more than the most minimal of compliance with codes.  Even then, interpreting codes, and determining their proper application to particular situations requires analysis, flexibility, and creativity.  Thus, quality training in ethical reasoning and analysis is essential if individuals are to become capable of finding ways out of complex ethical dilemmas.

President of PSS is Matthew Pike, a published author in the area of business ethics, programmer, and graduate student in the Philosophy Department at the Boulder Campus of the University of Colorado.