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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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BA 306 - Business Ethics

Examines the application of ethics to various components of business, including organizational, marketing, personnel, and financial matters.

Prerequisites & Notes
Students have the option of choosing a Community-Based Learning section of this course.

Community Based Learning:

Community-based learning (CBL) is an experiential instructional strategy that engages students in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies, transforming them from passive recipients to active participants in their education and community while providing a deeper understanding of theories and course content.

Assignment Overview

  • Assignments: 4 Units
  • Interactivity: Discussion Board
  • Final Assessment: Final Project


Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the course, you should be able to do the following

  • Describe the historical underpinnings of the corporate social responsibility and business ethics movements.
  • Identify major challenges that businesses face in operating ethically, and propose solutions to at least three of those issues through interacting with a contemporary business or nonprofit leader.
  • Interview a business or nonprofit leader about a significant problem that the organization is facing in its relationship with the community and offer one or two reasonable solutions to that issue.
  • Distinguish between horizontal and vertical accountability, and compare and contrast their effectiveness in addressing issues of ethical compliance and entrepreneurial growth.
  • Suggest strategies to a current business or nonprofit leader that will assist him or her in achieving greater competence than before in participating in a “knowledge-based economy.”
  • Map the common obstacles that leaders face in making decisions in the face of complexity and failing at projects that they thought would succeed, and propose best practices for navigating those challenges.
  • Describe how one business or entity has been shaped by external values, as well as how it has shaped the values of the surrounding community.
  • Identify three to four personal strengths that will assist the student in being an effective and authentic leader, while also addressing three to four personal weaknesses that confront that journey.

Credits: 3

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