09105-proposed_attachment12 - SALEM STATE COLLEGE PHL 203...

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SALEM STATE COLLEGE SPRING 2009 SECTION 4: TR 11:00-12:15, SB-201 SECTION 5: TR 2:00-3:15, SB-205 Distributed 2/2/09 Subject to change INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION PROFESSOR: William Cornwell, Ph.D. OFFICE: SB-203B3 OFFICE HOURS: WF 2:00-5:00, and by appointment. VOICE PHONE: 978-542-6060 FAX: 978-542-2408 EMAIL: [email protected] and via Blackboard COURSE DESCRIPTION (FROM THE 2008-2010 SSC UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG) This course introduces the student to fundamental theories of justice—commutative, distributive, and social—based on the teleological and deontological moral theories in the Western philosophic tradition. Applications of these theories are made to cases concerning administrative law, product liability, affirmative action, acid rain, hazardous waste and others. Three lecture hours per week. Required of Sociology majors with a Human Behavior in Organizations option SMS majors with Sport Management Concentration and recommended for Business Administration majors. WHAT THIS COURSE IS ABOUT Business ethics is a branch of applied ethics. Ethics studies what actions, attitudes, dispositions, and so on are good and which ones are bad, and applied ethics concerns the application of ethical theory to a specific domain of human existence such as business (business ethics), medicine (medical ethics), warfare (just war theory), and so on. All aspects of business that raise moral concerns are legitimate topics to study in business ethics. You may be surprised to learn how broad the field of business ethics is. Ethics is one of the major areas of philosophy . I will not try here to define “philosophy,” but philosophers typically are looking for theories that are reasoned and wide-reaching. The implication for ethics is that you will be challenged not just to say that some action or policy is right but to defend your answer in terms of a more general principle. This takes some practice but is excellent training for thinking more systematically in a range of fields, such as business, social work, law, and others.
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PHL 203, Spring 2009 p. 2 We will begin by studying general theories of ethics so that we later can apply those moral principles to business. The general moral principles help answer basic questions such as what duties we owe to each other, and those answers are crucial for analyzing how people ought to behave in the marketplace and workplace. We then will look at different theories of justice and consider whether capitalism is a just and fair economic system. Along the way, we will examine controversial subjects such as downsizing, outsourcing, and sweatshops. The next topic will be corporations, namely, their legal status and general moral responsibilities. We then will turn our attention to how businesses ought to treat their employees and customers; topics to be covered include the setting of wages; policies related to hiring, firing, and promotions; civil liberties in the workplace; consumer safety; marketing; and more. We also will examine the question that is
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