2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2023  
2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog

PHI 232 - Business Ethics

Description: Investigation of ethical problems and solutions in contemporary business practice. Covers ethical theories and how to correctly use ethical decision-making frameworks to resolve issues dealing with personal, social, environmental, and corporate responsibility. Topics include personal morality in profit-oriented enterprises; codes of ethics; obligations to employees and other stakeholders; truth in advertising; whistleblowing and company loyalty; self and government regulation; the logic and future of capitalism; the changing responsibilities of the manager; and the need for awareness of social justice in management and business activities.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency.

General Education Competency: Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Meaningful work and creation of value
  2. Democratic and economic traditions
  3. Rights and social responsibilities of business
  4. Constituencies of ethical business
  5. Frameworks for making ethical decisions
  6. Environmental responsibility and sustainability
  7. Marketing: product, target, and image
  8. Financial representation
  9. Hiring policies and compensation standards
  10. Conditions of employment and codes of ethics
  11. Religion in the workplace
  12. The relation between ethics and law
  13. Intellectual property, technology transfer, and porous borders
  14. Managerial leadership and corporate culture
  15. Ethical leadership and leadership in ethics
  16. Nationality and cosmopolitanism

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify contemporary models for ethical problem-solving. (2-6)
  2. Apply philosophical methodology to business ethics issues. (1-16)
  3. Apply analytic techniques to better understand arguments and their structure. (5)
  4. Analyze philosophical and ethical arguments to make informed ethical decisions as they relate to business. (5)
  5. Synthesize argumentation and writing techniques to develop stronger reasoning and communication skills in business contexts. (1,2,5)
  6. Evaluate own reasoning and beliefs to develop clearer arguments on business issues. (1-16)