Course Abstract Details

BUAD-201, Business Ethics

Credits: 3

Course Description

BUAD-201, Business Ethics, explores and challenges those qualities and ideals that are taken to define the ethical person in the context of modern business practice. Moral theory, analysis of contemporary topics in business, and case studies from real-life business practice will be brought together as students are encouraged to reflect on the difference between ethics and law, the challenge between profit and ethical responsibility, and their roles as moral agents in the business world. Students will be encouraged to expand their perspective on their own personal system of ethical values and to reflect on their visions of how they should act in business and what the business world can be. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099 and one of the following: ACCT-102, BUAD-101, or BUAD-205. Also offered as PHIL-201; credit will not be given for both. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Develop the capacity to look at moral issues and ethical perspectives ? including your own ? from a variety of viewpoints, taking care to do so with fairness, charity, and rigor. (G -1, 2, 6, 7) (B -3) (H -1, 2, 3, 4) 

2. Participate in class discussions of moral issues in business, maintaining a cooperative, respectful, and supportive environment. (G-1, 2, 7) (B-1, 2, 3) (H-1, 2, 4) 

3. Demonstrate comprehension of key concepts, tenets, and arguments in select assigned readings. Comprehension includes awareness of the complexity and nuance within the views expressed in those readings. (G-1, 2) (B-1, 3) (H-1, 2, 3, 4) 

4. Recognize connections between assigned reading material, class discussions, and modern business. This includes applying theoretical ethical material to case studies and questions oriented toward the practical conduct of business. (G-2, 6, 7) (B-3) (H-1, 2, 4, 5) 

5. Critically evaluate different philosophical perspectives, while exhibiting fairness and charity toward the views under consideration. (G-2) (B-3) (H-1, 4) 

6. Develop fair, reasoned, and insightful critiques of your own approach to ethics in business. (G-2, 7) (B-1, 3) (H-2, 4, 5) 

7. Use philosophical activity as a way to explore moral issues that are relevant important to you and to expand, challenge, and refine your views. (G-5, 7) (B-1, 3) (H-4, 5) 


Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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