Business and Professional Ethics (PHIL*2600)
Term: Winter 2013
This course is an introduction to the main ethical issues that arise in the world of business. Our goal will be to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to find ethical solutions to the difficult problems that we face in our increasingly globalized market economy. In the first few weeks we will investigate the nature of morality and examine a number of leading ethical theories. We will then use these theories as a conceptual framework for discussing a variety of key issues in business ethics, including the responsibility of corporations, employee rights, whistle blowing, environmental policy, affirmative action and advertising. Throughout the course we will also be looking at several case studies to help us evaluate the arguments and conclusions we’ll be considering.