BADM 1020 Business Perspectives–Introduction to Ethical Decision Models
1 semester hours
This course covers two general topics that will be modified slightly based on individual faculty perspectives and style. The first part of the course deals with a variety of legal, social, and institutional dimensions of the environment in which business is conducted. This will include:
- The relationship between business and the society natural environment in which it operates;
- The relationship between business and the values of the society; the legal and business context in which we find “ethics” in today’s workplace-corporate ethics programs, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other business regulations;
- The relationship between business, society, and Jesuit values.
The second part of the course aims to help students learn how to work with two different approaches to ethical reasoning:
- A “values” approach (which echoes the “virtue ethics” approach taken by most corporate ethics programs), and
- An approach that connects with the methodology students will be exposed to in their ethics requirement (a secular approach based on an analysis of both the consequence of actions and the intrinsic merit of the actions themselves).
The objective of this course is introducing our students to the centrality of ethics in our mission, and importance of ethical standards in the business leaders’ decision process.
Required for ALL majors in the College of Business Administration.