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Business Ethics PHIL 318 Spring 2014 Dr. Kort [email protected] du Office: Edwards 277 Office Hours: T/Th: 1:30- 3:00pm M/W/F: 1:10- 1:50pm (and by appointment) The Philosophy and Religious Studies Course Description 318: Business Ethics (3) Ethical theory is presented and applied to business cases involving individual, corporate, and governmental rights and responsibilities.* *Note that this is a 300-level philosophy course, and the ethical theories with which you will be presented are philosophical theories of ethics. Learning to apply ethical theory to business cases will, then, include becoming familiar with what the theories state, understanding how they work in application, and appreciating some features of application that are unique to cases in business. So, under “Student Learning Outcomes,” you will see some items covering the theories themselves and others focusing on analytical tools offered in the application of these theories in business. Another important objective of the course is to help you evaluate the theories and the ways they can be applied to business cases. Some of the course materials will be used to offer examples of ways ethical theories are applied so that you can think critically about their pros and cons and develop your own opinions about them. Student Learning Outcomes 1. Identify stakeholders in ethical decision-making in business. 2. Identify ethically relevant features of specific situations or cases in business. 3. Identify the elements of an organization’s culture that would encourage or discourage ethical decision making, including codes of conduct. 4. Understand basic concepts central to understanding ethical theories and their applications such as ‘justification,’ ‘prescriptive claim,’ and ‘descriptive claim.’ 5. Employ analytical tools offered by core theories in philosophical ethics. 6. Engage in dialogue about ethics and business by meeting standards of intellectual integrity and critical thinking skills including clarity, objectivity, relevance, logical coherence, and fairness. 7. Analyze the role of critical stakeholders in business operations, and apply principles of stakeholder theory to contemporary issues in business practice such as sustainability, privacy, diversity, technology, family/work life balance, etc. 8. Analyze specific cases in business ethics and suggest a course of ethically justified action in addressing them. 9. Explore and evaluate how theories in philosophical ethics guide and/or should guide business performance.
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Readings and Videos Readings : Socrates Comes to Wall Street (Thomas White) Conscious Capitalism ( John Mackey / Rajendra Sisodia) ▪ Other required readings for the class are available online either on Blackboard or links listed on Blackboard. They will be listed under “Philosophy Pages” in course content.
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