Business Ethics

Philosophy 160, Queens College, Spring 2012

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Syllabus

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In this course, we will consider ethical and philosophical questions related to business: What makes an action a morally right action? Is it morally wrong to be dishonest when doing business? What sort of moral responsibilities do corporations have, if any? Is capitalism the best economic system? To this end, we will critically analyze the views of contemporary philosophers. This is an introductory course in business ethics; as such, it doesnt require any previous background in philosophy.

Required Texts
There is no required textbook. Readings will be distributed online, through the class website.

Website
This class has a website (you’re on it): http://businessethics.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/

On this website, you will find a copy of the syllabus, a class schedule, as well as your reading assignments.

Final Grade
Your final grade is calculated based on your performance on three in-class exams (75%) and one in-class debate (25%).

In-Class Exams (75%)

Throughout the semester, there will be three in-class written examinations. Each exam is worth 25% of your final grade. Together, the exams make up 75% of your final grade. Each exam in non-cumulative, and will be based on the material we have covered since the previous exam. The first exam is on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The second exam is on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. The third exam is scheduled during Finals week.

In-Class Debate (25%)

The remainder of your final grade will be determined by your performance in one in-class debate. Throughout the semester, we will have five in-class debates. You must participate in one debate. For more information on this part of the class, see here.

Final Letter Grade

Your final letter grade is determined by your scores on the in-class exams and the in-class debates. It is computed based on the standard scale:

Your final letter grade is based on the standard scale:
97 – 100 = A+
93 – 96 = A
90 – 92 = A-
and so on.

Academic Honesty

Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for an explanation of the college’s policies on cheating and plagiarism. I take these policies very seriously. If you are caught cheating, you will fail this class. Further disciplinary action taken by the college may result in expulsion.

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