BUS 4751

Description

Provides an introduction to business ethics. Part philosophy and part business, the course covers a diverse range of topics including the important ethical theories of relativism, Utilitarianism, and deontology, among others. The concepts of moral decision making and predicting moral judgments are also explored. Additional course topics include ethics in employment, corporate social responsibility, fair businesses practices, corporate governance, and legal compliance.

Objectives

  1. Examine the role of leadership in corporate culture, leadership styles, and how they affect ethical decision making.
  2. Examine and compare four approaches to corporate social responsibility including the economic, philanthropic, social web, and integrative models.
  3. Explore the role of corporate structure, corporate governance, and legal compliance.
  4. Examine the factors that influence employee issues including the right to work, employment at will, due process and employee participation, health and safety issues, family responsibilities, and the right to privacy including substance abuse testing, credit, and background checks.
  5. Compare differentiation and discrimination, and examine issues involving diversity and discrimination including the work environment of women, preferential policies, and diversity policies.
  6. Explore ethics in the context of relativism, psychological egoism, Utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, pragmatism, and Rawls’ original position theory.
  7. Analyze the ethical considerations governing advertising, sales, marketing, product placement, and fair pricing as well as the responsibilities of the manufacturer including product liability and accountability.
  8. Analyze the philosophical concept of ethics, its practical applicability to business, and its distinction from the law.
  9. Explore the professional ethics and responsibilities of intermediaries, managerial responsibilities and loyalty, and employee responsibilities to the community.
  10. Examine ethics as it applies to the environment, animal rights, and sustainability.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

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* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact Student Services at students@waldorf.edu