A one-hour credit course on Business Ethics is required for all.
BAET 20300: Introduction to Business Ethics
This course is designed to give sophomores an introduction to the central questions and fundamental character of ethics and morality. The course is focused on a discussion of ethical theories which can help guide the student's problem-solving in ethical situations they will encounter in business. Ethical dilemmas faced by business persons will be integrated into the class for purposes of discussion and analysis.
BAET 40300: Business Ethics: Field Project (Elective)
The senior field project in ethics is designed to give the student practical experience in a social service setting. The objectives of the course are to (1) introduce the student to service experiences outside of the university setting; (2) provide a mechanism for enhancing the spiritual and intellectual awareness of students; (3) provide a mechanism for coordinating existing student social service projects with the student's academic work; (4) interact with people whose values have led them into full-time work in the not-for-profit sector.
There are a number of one credit courses as electives open to any student who has completed the basic Business Ethics course.
These electives include:
- BAET 30512: Spirituality of Work
- BAET 30510: The UN Global Compact
MBET 60320: Marketing Ethics
In this course, students will examine a range of ethical issues facing marketing managers. Traditional topics such as ethics in marketing research, selling, advertising and pricing are covered. Emerging ethical issues like international marketing, competitive intelligence, social cause marketing and corporate policies are also studied. The class is taught using a seminar format, and the opportunity exists for students to examine ethical problems in marketing that are of personal interest.
MBET 60330: International Business Ethics
International business raises enormous ethical challenges in terms of globalization, environment, development, corruption, and cultural and religious diversity. This course focuses on these challenges in the context of corporate decision-making. Students are encouraged to enhance their sensitivity for differing, sometimes conflicting, values and to develop ethical reasoning abilities. Various methods are discussed to formulate and implement ethical corporate policies for international business.
MBET 68100: Cases in Corporate Citzenship & Sustainability
This course will examine specific exemplary cases in corporate citizenship and sustainability. The topics covered will include sustainability, global warming, corporate philanthropy and overall citizenship efforts. These will be examined in the context of corporate reports, readings from the business academic and popular press. The course will be run in a seminar format. A paper of the student's choosing in this area will serve as the culminating exercise for the course.
MBET 60340: Conceptual Foundations of Business Ethics
This course is designed to achieve the following objectives: (1) to explore the ethical dimension in the study and practice of business, (2) to study and apply the major normative ethical theories to business situations, (3) to understand the relevance of stakeholders to business decisions, (4) to improve the skills of moral reasoning and ethical decision making, (5) to analyze and discuss case situations presenting ethical dilemmas, (6) to sharpen analytical and communication (oral and written) skills, and (7) to encourage ethical behavior and professionalism in all activities.
MBET 60360: Spirituality of Work
The idea that people of religious faith ought to bring their religious values into the workplace, that these values ought to influence the quality of life and important decisions in business, is the premise of this course. Yet what is a good business leader and how does he or she contribute to the common good? How is spirituality rooted in religion and can it be dissociated from it? What does it mean to say that business is a vocation? What is the Christian understanding of work? What are potential areas of tension in the business world for a person consciously living a spirituality of work? These and other questions are the focus of this course.
MBET 60380: Ethical Dimensions of Business Leadership
Given the crucial nature of the manager's job, it follows that his or her decisions and actions can have a significant effect on the day-to-day existence of many people -- not only colleagues and employees but the countless others whose economic fortunes are indirectly affected by the manager's policies and programs. If the manager is technically competent and, at the same time, guided by a value system that reflects the nature and destiny of the person, his or her efforts will benefit and enhance the lives of others. Such a career is ideal for the most creative, intelligent and resourceful people in our society.
MBET 70500: Development Gap in Multinational Corporate Responsibility
The gap in global development (the separation of the international economic/financial system from the vast numbers of the world's poor) and its ethical implications for multinational managers is the topic of this course. The objective is to enhance the awareness and understanding of future business executives, governmental officials, or the managers of private voluntary organizations about conditions in the developing countries, and to determine how multinational corporations could help ameliorate their poverty.
MBET 70510: The UN global Compact and the Future of the Economy
In today's interconnected global economy, there is a growing realization that we must restore public trust in business. Integrating environmental, social and governance issues into corporate management is the overriding purpose of the United Nations Global Compact and its ten principles. This is the heart of the corporate sustainability movement and an effective way to restore trust in business. The course is designed to familarize students with this important challenge.