Moral Code: Definition & Examples

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  • 0:03 What Is Your Moral Code?
  • 1:19 Examples of Moral Codes
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Instructor: Yolanda Williams

Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.

Did you know that your moral code is heavily influenced by your culture? In this lesson, we'll explain what a moral code is and learn about moral codes using examples.

What Is Your Moral Code?

Brittany is a senior in high school. Like many kids in her situation, Brittany is looking forward to the day she can graduate and become an adult. Brittany has one more project to finish before she can officially graduate. Brittany and her classmates must write a paper answering the following question: What are the rules of living that you will follow in order to help you live a good and just life? Brittany didn't know it at the time, but she and her classmates were being asked to create a moral code.

So, what is a moral code? Let's break the term down into its key words. Moral refers to something that is concerned with determining what thoughts, behavior, actions, traits, and characteristics are right and good and what are wrong and bad. A code is a basically a set of rules. It follows that a moral code is a set of rules or guidelines that a person or group follows in order to live a just and good life. Moral codes are heavily dependent upon culture. This is because each culture has its own ideas of what is considered right and what is considered wrong. Moral codes dictate many aspects of our lives, from how we act, to how we dress, and even how we treat other people.

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