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Course details

In the context of globalization and the diminishing role of the state, this course examines ethical issues that arise for business and individuals in business. Such issues include the social responsibility of corporations, the rights and duties of employers and employees, and the problem of discrimination. Students will learn to identify the source of ethical dilemmas in business, identify stakeholders and stakeholder interests, and various strengths and limitations of alternative courses of action.


  • BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of LIBS 7018 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 88546


Wed Jan 04 - Fri Apr 14 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 88546
  • $667.34
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 14 N/A N/A Online

Michaela Lucas

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. *(A)* This is NOT a SELF-PACED course. There will be specific timelines for assignments and exams. Course content, kind and quality of assignments and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. You will have discussions and assignments to complete each week (although you do NOT have to be online at a particular time or day). *(B)* FINAL EXAMS: Final exams will be held online. Your instructor will provide further information.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Introduce and assess the strengths and weaknesses of major normative theories, such as consequentialism, deontology, distributive justice theory, and virtue ethics.
  • Describe the main differences between fiduciary obligations and moral obligations.
  • Identify collective action problems in market failures.
  • Explain the connection between social responsibility and economic efficiency
  • Resolve tensions between economic efficiency and social obligations.
  • Evaluate alternative, ethically relevant, choices and defend a plausible course of action.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2017

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