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BUSA 7200 - Business, Society and Ethics

Business Administration Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

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Course Details

Discusses a variety of topics. The emphasis may vary from semester to semester but may include: the relationship between government and the business system in Canada, the impact of foreign investment and free trade, consumerism, environmental protection, the impact of the Canadian Bill of Rights, etc.


Acceptance into the Bachelor of Business Administration program.





Spring/Summer 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2021 term.

CRN 67313

Tue Apr 20 - Tue Jul 20 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 20 - Jul 20 Online Delivery
See Notes below
May 25 Tue 18:00 - 20:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jul 20 Tue 18:00 - 20:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below


Pierre Matthee

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Enrollment is restricted to students accepted into the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program. Registration approval is automatically given upon full acceptance into the part-time program. This is an online course with no synchronous component, and due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the exam will also be held online May 25 and July 20. Office hours will be held virtually on Tuesday evenings.

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress and Full

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the main features of the utilitarian, rights, and justice approaches to ethics.
  • Recognize cases where each of the utilitarian, rights, and justice approaches have guided decision-making and action.
  • Critically analyze typical business and management situations calling for principled ethical judgment, including situations involving interactions between persons with different cultural backgrounds.
  • Conduct a case study analysis that makes intelligent use of the moral principles and methods explored in the course.
  • Recognize the violation of a moral principle in an action or proposed course of action.
  • Describe the obstacles that stand in the way of individuals acting ethically in the business world.
  • Develop management procedures, processes, and structures that serve to overcome or minimize obstacles to ethical behaviour in the business world.
  • Apply corporate and other codes of conduct to evaluate the acceptability of actions or policies.
  • Explain the concept of corporate social responsibility and the main elements of stakeholder relations theory.
  • Apply stakeholder relations theory to specific examples of business organizations and their stakeholders.
  • Assess who the relevant stakeholders of an organization are and what their potential for cooperation with or threat to the organization is.
  • Develop a practical action plan for an organization to deal effectively and ethically with its stakeholders, including (if appropriate) changing the nature of the relations between the organization and its stakeholders.
  • Analyze product failure and other crisis situations that sometimes face business organizations.
  • Develop practical action plans to minimize the adverse consequences of crisis situations to business organizations and their stakeholders.
  • Apply issues management concepts to analyze the actual and potential challenges faced by business organizations.
  • Develop practical action plans to guide lobbying and other issues management activities in order to effectively and ethically manage significant public policy issues faced by business organizations.
  • Explain the nature of the role of government in society, the main elements of the government public policy process, and the main ways business and government interact with one another.

Effective as of Fall 2015

Related Programs

BUSA 7200 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Business Administration

School of Health Sciences

  1. Food Technology and Operations Management
    Full-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science


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