PH 308 Business Ethics
SP 2013 HOA
Senior Adjunct Professor
M.A. University of IowaM.PH. University of KansasPH.D. University of Kansas
Arranged and after class
January 14, 2013 - May 10, 2013
1:30 - 2:45 PM
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
PH 308 Core Assessment Assignment
The main portion of the semester grade will derive from student presentations of the various issues in their complexity, and a derivative paper arguing an ethical position on one issue.
It is a truism that one learns by doing. This is certainly true in the application of ethical theory. To facilitate learning about ethics and its role and function in business issues, the major portion of the grade will derive from the handling of one specific ethical issue related to business.
In coordination with the instructor, students will present to the class a topic concerned with business ethics, with the expectation that they will teach the topic: review the text material; draw in current news and current debate, as appropriate; raise the questions which emerge from such news and debate; present the various prominent arguments, identify their proponents and highlight the most important points; critique the arguments, giving reasons for perceived weaknesses, and so on.
The text may be the beginning point, but it is expected that students will look further to discover more which might enhance the discussion. At minimum, the student will facilitate a class discussion of the questions raised by the chosen topic. The presentation will be strengthened, however, with the structuring of a debate, or a mock “battle of wits”, or some exercise for the class to experience the complexity and challenge of the topic.
Any materials generated for class dissemination or for display will strengthen the presentation. Any local resources the student discovers may be utilized in the presentation.
Finally, out of this experience, the student will write a 10-12 page paper which functions both as a research paper and a position piece. If the presentation is well prepared, the student will have the research portion accomplished and need only put it in written form. From there, the student is challenged to take a stand on the topic: What is your position? Why? On what do you base your position? What are the issues? Who is in the fray? Who stands to gain? Remember that while opinion certainly enters into any position, the essay is expected to be a carefully reasoned and clearly explained argument. The point is not whether or not the instructor agrees with the position, but whether it is clearly and solidly articulated utilizing the language and tools of business ethics.
Specific standards about style, research resources, formatting and such will be determined by the instructor.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
· Class attendance
· A research project of 10 to 12 pages. The topic must be approved in advance by the instructor. See Core Assessments. The paper must cite all information that is not general public knowledge. A bibliography does not substitute for citations or footnotes. At least five published sources must be cited. Internet sources may be used in addition if there is an identified author. Insufficient or no citations will result in a grade reduction of at least one letter grade.
· A presentation in class based on the above research.
· Regular class discussion based on the reading assignments.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1/14 - 23
Reading: Beauchamp 1-40, 43, Gentile Ch 4-5
Lecture: Philosophy, Values, and Society
Video: What is Philosophy?; Doing the Right Thing on the Issues
Assignment: Discuss requirements and syllabus
Theories of Business Ethics
Reading: Text, ch.2: 46, 53, 79, 120, 122
Lecture: Social and Business Values
Video: Store Wars
Assignment: Research topics investigation
2/11 - 20
Truth in Advertising
Reading: Text, ch.5: 269, 263, 276, 313, 318
Lecture: Truth in Business
Video: Consuming Kids
Assignment: Student research topics due
2/25 - 3/6
Business and Environment
Reading: Text, ch.8: 456, 462, 506, 509
Lecture: Moral Obligation and Nonhuman Life
Assignment: Student prospectus and annotated research bibliography due
Review and Examination
3/18 - 27
Reading: Text, ch.9: 536, 540, 553, 585, 592
Lecture: Relativism and International Business
Video: Ethical Relativism
Assignment: Student reports
4/1 - 10
Distribution and Justice
Reading: Text, ch.10: 608, 614, 618, 636, 647
Lecture: Wealth and Justice
Video: Capitalism Hits the Fan
Assignment: Student reports
4/15 - 5/1
Diversity and Labor
Reading: Text, ch. 3-4:160, 175, 238, Gentile Ch 7-8
Lecture: Student reports
Assignment: Student reports; prepare research papers
Lecture: Evaluating Business Ethics
Assignment: Research papers due
Examination 1:00 PM
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