Viewing: PHI 214 : Issues in Business Ethics

Last approved: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:01:02 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:10:19 GMT

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PHI (Philosophy)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Issues in Business Ethics
Issues in Business Ethics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion (16PHI)
Religion/Religious Studies.
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
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(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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Veljko Dubljevic
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

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Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PHILBA B. A. In Philosophy Elective
16PHILETH Philosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosophy Ethics Concentration Elective
16PHILLAWPhilosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosophy of Law concentration Elective
16PHILLOGPhilosophy-BS Sub-Plan Logic, Representation and ReasonElective
16PHMMinor in PhilosophyElective
16ETHMMinor in EthicsElective
An analysis and evaluation of major issues in business ethics. Topics include the social responsibility of business; social justice and free enterprise; the rights and duties of employers, employees, manufacturers, and consumers; duties to the environment, the world's poor, future generations, and the victims of past injustices; the moral status of the corporation; and the ethics of advertising.

No revisions. GEP-HUM review required.


Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
Analyze clearly and precisely issues in Business ethics, by reference to philosophical-ethical principles and theories, legal rules, logical principles, and relevant factual data.
Exam questions
Sample measure Mid-term question: “How would consequentialist, deontological and virtue ethics theorists differ, if at all, in their analyses of ‘whistleblowing’ when the facts are as alleged by the whistleblower?”
Demonstrate an advanced comprehension of the rational and factual basis for diverse and nuanced perspectives regarding business ethics issues.
Essays and papers.
Sample paper topic: “Many corporations are international and must therefore deal with different sets of laws, customs and moral points of view, some of them conflicting. Even if there were a strictest set of relevant principles, following them might not always resolve such conflicts. What if anything is an international corporation morally obligated to do about these situations? Is moral relativism a reasonable response?”
Critique and construct arguments regarding business ethics issues by incorporating philosophical-ethical principles and theories, legal rules, logical principles, as well as any relevant empirical facts and scientific theories.
Individual student presentations.
Sample presentation prompt: “Suppose that a large reliable study has found that a business could at least double its near-term profitability by reducing investment in employee health care despite the likely consequence of increased employee sick days. What kinds of ethical and US legal arguments could be given against this course of action? Give at least one example of a strong argument of each kind.”
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Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.








Requisites and Scheduling
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Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
Title and author of any required text or publications.
Ethical Issues in Business (2nd Ed.), Peg Tittle (The Broadview Press, 2016). ISBN 9781554812400 paperback $59.95 (new)
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
See syllabus
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
The course has long been taught by the department with available instructors, with staffing level subject to budget and departmental instructional priorities as determined jointly with its college and the university.

The course will provide instruction and guidance that help students to identify major problems in Business ethics, evaluate arguments offered in defense of an array of proposed ways of addressing those problems and to distinguish clearly between normative and non-normative claims made in giving those arguments.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between multiple approaches from the field of Business Ethics that investigate the relationship between organizations and other actors in the economy and the society at large, as showcased by the examples of social and ethical issues (measured by the mid-term exam).

  2. Discern the central argument for and evaluate the persuasiveness of value orientations in Business Ethics (as measured by the in-class presentation).

  3. Apply ethical and social perspectives to contemporary cases of unethical conduct in business (assessed during class discussions).

  4. Distinguish, analyze and critically evaluate both normative and empirical claims in Business Ethics (assessed with the final take-home paper).

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Midterm25See syllabus
Participation10See syllabus
Oral Presentation10See syllabus
Written Assignment20See syllabus
Other10Proposal for topical focus of cooperatively designed Final Exam; see syllabus
Final Exam25Take home; see syllabus
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction to course & to ethics in business1 wkSee syllabus
Moral theory in Business ethics 1.5 wksSee syllabus
Workshop for paper preparation0.5 wkSee syllabus
Ethics of Whistleblowing 1 wkSee syllabus
Ethics of Advertising 1 wkSee syllabus
Product quality1 wkSee syllabus
Employee Rights / Midterm2 wksSee syllabus
Corporate Social Responsibility1 wkSee syllabus
Ethics in International Business1 wkSee syllabus
Profit and Capitalism 1 wkSee syllabus
Business and Healthcare 1 wkSee syllabus
Ethics in ICT business 1 wkSee syllabus
Business and the environment 1 wkSee syllabus
Institutionalizing ethics in the organization0.5 wkSee syllabus
Conclusion0.5 wkSee syllabus
GER>GEP Providing last approved information
Last approved syllabus- 2003
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Syllabus Notes:

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The following statements which can be found at the above link should be added to the syllabus:
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RLB 06/27/2018
aeherget (Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:52:00 GMT): AECHH: Friendly suggestions from Sept. 7, 2018 CUE meeting: to correct a typo in the second Humanities GEP measure, "Even if there were a strictest set of relevant principles.." to "Even if there were a strict set of relevant principles...". Response from department head: That changes the meaning and is not what was meant. (Within a set of strict principles there can be a strictest subset. There can also be strictness ties.) No change should be made. -email 9/7/2018
aeherget (Wed, 12 Sep 2018 22:26:42 GMT): AECHH: PHI 214 was approved at 9/12's UCCC meeting where members made the friendly suggestion to clarify if the students should be submitting 2 copied, providing an email and hard copy of the final.
aeherget (Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:10:19 GMT): AECHH: Friendly suggestion denied 9/12/2018.
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