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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BUSN 120 - Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

PREREQUISITES: BUSN 101 - Introduction to Business .
PROGRAM: Business Administration

An examination of individual, organizational and societal ethical issues and the social responsibility of business organizations in the resolution of these issues. Critical thinking and informed decision making are emphasized.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Identify ethical issues, theories, frameworks and tools for decision making.
  2. Identify various stakeholders and their perspectives in ethical situations.
  3. Develop the ability to critically examine ethical issues.
  4. Discuss the interrelationship of ethics and social responsibility.
  5. Identify and evaluate major views on social responsibility.
  6. Examine the various theories, principles and resources for resolving ethical dilemmas.
  7. Articulate and defend choices in ethical judgments.
  8. Discuss the impact of ethical behavior on consumer and community relations.
  9. Discuss the complexity of ethical behavior in the global economy.
  10. Examine the consequences of unethical and ethical business decisions.
  11. Define strategic philanthropy and its relation to stakeholders.
  12. Discuss the importance of developing an effective ethics program.
  13. Discuss the relationship between individual and group ethical decision making.
  14. Integrate individual, organizational, and societal values and articulate ways to make a positive impact on each.

COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Ethical issues
  • Philosophical ethical perspectives
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Corporate culture
  • Consumer and marketing issues and challenges
  • Employee responsibilities and rights
  • Global issues and challenges
  • Workplace technology and privacy
  • Ethical decision making process
  • Code of ethics/conduct
  • Whistle blowing
  • Sustainability
  • Conflict of interest
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and internal controls

Course Addendum - Syllabus (Click to expand)