BUS 4751: Business Ethics


Business Ethics is an introduction to business ethics. It sets forth and applies various philosophical ethical doctrines, including relativism, virtue ethics, and utilitarianism, among others, to contemporary business practices. Corporate social responsibility, corporate culture, and their impact will be analyzed. Philosophical ethical concepts are taught with reference to the applicable legal landscape in which businesses operate, including employment, workplace monitoring, accounting and financial reporting, and product liability, for example.


  1. Analyze the philosophical concept of ethics, its practical applicability to business, and its distinction from the law.
  2. Relate ethical behavior to high-profile events.
  3. Examine regulatory and sustainability market approaches to a business's environmental responsibilities.
  4. Examine the role of leadership in corporate culture, leadership styles, and how they affect ethical decision-making.
  5. Summarize ethics in financial responsibilities affecting and controlling public and private companies, including those required by Sarbanes-Oxley.
  6. Evaluate the ethical considerations of executive compensation and insider trading.
  7. Explore the professional ethics and responsibilities of intermediaries, the responsibilities and loyalty of managers, and the responsibilities of employees to the community.
  8. Analyze the ethical considerations governing marketing practices.
  9. Identify ethical considerations related to child labor and sweatshops.




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