Business and Professional Ethics (PHIL*2600) | College of Arts

Business and Professional Ethics (PHIL*2600)

Code and section: PHIL*2600*01

Term: Winter 2019

Instructor: Victoria Burke


This course will examine ethical issues and controversies concerning contemporary business and economics. It locates these issues within the broad theoretical framework of a free market society. We will consider such topics as: the concept and theoretical basis of a market society, consumer sovereignty, utilitarian and contract models of business ethics, profit making and social responsibility, shareholders versus stakeholders, self-interest and altruism, the concept of business as a practice, history of corporations, types of ethical criticisms of the effects of markets, human rights, and conflicts of interest.


Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.