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Planning Ethics

Planning Ethics

158 min
Credit: AICP CM

This course is eligible for 2 AICP CM credits, including the required 1.5 Ethics CM credits.


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This engaging and practical course provides professional planners with a thorough and thoughtful discussion of ethical concerns that many planners are likely to face in their careers. The work of planning for communities is rooted in values, often unexpressed, about the role of government in working for a better future.  So planners should, from time to time, examine their own values and those of the American Institute of Certified Planners as they go about their work in the public or private sectors. This course provides 2 CM credits, including the required 1.5 Ethics CM credits. 

In This Course

  1. A brief introduction to your instructor and what this course will entail.
  2. How Ethical is Our Society?
    A review of the AICP Code of Ethics, and a discussion of the implications of ethical behavior.
  3. Shoulds and Shalt Nots
    Dos and don'ts for everyday activities in an urban planning workplace.
  4. Potential Scenarios
    Carol poses some ethical situations that might face a planner in their workplace.
  5. An Ethical Work Environment
    Creating an organizational culture that supports ethical decisions.
  6. Why Leadership is Critical
    Why taking on a leadership role on ethical issues is important for planners.
  7. More Ethical Scenarios
    A review of more sticky ethical issues that may face you as an urban planner.

Published 2011