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1 BUS 223 – 011 Ethics in Commerce Winter 2020 Course Outline Instructor: Professor Hasko von Kriegstein
2 INSTRUCTOR: Hasko von KriegsteinOFFICE: TRS3-131 TEL:416 979-5000, ext. 3659E-MAIL:[email protected]OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays 10-11am, Wednesdays 10-11am. CLASS TIME AND LOCATION:Tuesdays 12pm-3pm EPH 204 Course Description Ethical issues are everywhere in the world of business. Ethics – consideration of right and wrong – applies at three overlapping levels: the managerial, the organizational, and the level of entire markets. This course provides a broad understanding of ethical issues at all three levels. It emphasizes teaching students a method for thinking about and expressing a view on particular cases of ethical dispute or uncertainty. Students will also explore the relationship between ethics and legal requirements. Course Objectives This course has three main focuses: a conceptual component (providing mental tools for thinking about ethical issues in commerce), a cases and issues component (applying relevant concepts to real and hypothetical cases and situations), and an engagementcomponent (refining your values and applying your reasoning skills in engagement with others regarding real-world ethical problems). By the end of the term, students will be able to: ●explain key ethical challenges faced within the modern business context. ●apply ethical theories to business case studies. ●appreciate the relevance of ethics to the task of managing. ●engage in clear reasoning about ethical questions. ●reflect extensively of the role of business in society. ●present a reasoned response to an ethically-complex case study. Required Text and Other Materials There is no required textbook. All readings will be provided for free through the course website. Additional material (especially short cases) may be distributed in class. Each week, you will be expected to do the assigned readings thoroughly beforecoming to class.
3 Method of Instruction and Evaluation Course instruction is based primarily on classroom lectures and discussions of assigned readings. Your final grade is based upon your performance in the following course requirements: Type of Assessment Weight Date REQUIRED Academic Integrity Quiz 0%* Feb 25 Voluntary Summary of Reading 0%** Feb 11 Conceptual Essay 20% Mar 3 Revised Conceptual Essay 15% Mar 31 Written Case Analysis 15% Mar 17/Apr 7*** Ethical Engagement Essay 10% Mar 17/Apr 7*** Weekly In-Class Assignments 15% Ongoing Final Exam 25% T.B.D. TOTAL 100% * You need to score 100% on the academic integrity quiz, in order for your grade on the conceptual essay to count. ** If you do the summary, it will be worth 5%. The weight of your assignment with the lowest grade will be reduced by 5%. *** You can decide in what order to do the case analysis and the engagement essay. Whatever you decide to do first, is due on March 17. The other assignment is then due on April 7.