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LIBS 7018 - Business Ethics

Liberal Studies Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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.

Prerequisite(s)

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.

Credits

3.0

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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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