Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Major of Human Resources Development and Training Curriculum

Document Type : Scientific - Research


1 Ph.D. student in Educational Management, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

2 Professor, Department of Educational Management and Human Resource Development, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

4 Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,, Mazandaran University, Mazandaran, Iran


Objectives: This article aims to examine and evaluate the major of the Human Resources Development and Training curriculum from the perspective of ethics and social responsibility. The purpose of this article is twofold: first, to examine the condition of ethics and social responsibility in the curriculum of Human Resources Development and Training and the importance of training courses on ethics and social responsibility in this major; and second, to highlight the potential of the major to minimize ethical misconduct in organizations.
Materials and Methods: This study is a qualitative study based on document analysis and interviews. In the article, three documents/groups were selected to gather information: 1) the curriculum of the major of Human Resources Development and Training; 2) master's students majoring in Human Resources Development and Training; and 3) Human Resources Development professionals working in organizations. 
Discussion and Conclusions: The results of the study showed that ethics and social responsibility are marginal and largely neglected in the Human Resources Development and Training curriculum. In other words, this major focuses on individual and organizational development. Although many scholars emphasize the role of human resource development in the "development of individuals, organizations, society, the nation, and all mankind" and the "improvement of the organization and social development," these issues are not addressed in the major of Human Resources Development and Training curriculum in Iran. The analysis of the information obtained from the students revealed that they did not deal with issues such as ethics and social responsibility of organizations through extracurricular activities and additional training in classrooms and they were not aware of these issues. The study of the third sample revealed that professionals of human resources development and training in the organizations were always concerned with ethical and social issues but they were not learning how to deal with these issues. Many academic human resource development programs do not have a clear strategy for training professionals to deal with ethical dilemmas and to create an ethical workplace.


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