Business Ethics

Business Ethics



Business Ethics

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Business Ethics

The concept of business ethics is a combination of philosophy and business. Our Business Ethics online course covers a variety of ethical issues found in contemporary businesses. Learn about theoretical perspectives and concepts, including ethical relativism, utilitarianism, and deontology. This course also teaches you about employee issues and responsibilities, leadership and decision making, morality, diversity, discrimination, and ethics in marketing and advertising.

ACE Approved 2021


After completing this course students will be able to:

Relate the market system to the need for ethics in business and distinguish it from the law and concepts of virtue and morality.

Explore ethics in the context of relativism, psychological egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics.

Examine the ideas of character ethic, female ethic, human rights, and ethical action.

Illustrate the factors influencing employee issues including the right to work, employment at will, due process and employee participation, health and safety standards, family responsibilities, the right to privacy, and substance abuse testing.

Examine the professional ethics and responsiblities of intermediaries, managerial responsibility and loyalty, and employee responsibilities to the community.

Illustrate how the traits of ethical leaders and the influence of the group affect moral responsibility.

Compare differentiation and discrimination, and examine issues involving diversity and discrimination including the work environment of women, preferential policies, and diversity policies.

Relate risk analysis in health and safety, responsibilities of the producer, products liability and accountability, and fair pricing to ethics in marketing.

Explore the ethical considerations that govern sales, advertising, and product placement in the context of regulation of sales and advertising, and target marketing.

Analyze international economic integration, labor in the global economy, and the regulation of global economic activities by international institutions.

Analyze methods of ensuring morality in business including Kohlberg's method of assessing moral decision-making processes and James Weber's modification, ethical corporate structures, and federal sentencing guidelines and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Analyze the classical model and its limitations, and evaluate modern theories of corporate social responsibility including the moral minimum framework and the stakeholder theory.

Define environmental pragmatism and relate it to environmental regulation and sustainable economics.

Relate eastern business philosophies, and Islamic and Jewish traditions to the intricacies of conducting ethical overseas business ventures.

1 Introduction to Business Ethics
  • Defining Business Ethics
  • Law and Ethics
  • Interpreting Ethics
  • Illustrate the need and nature of business ethics.
  • Distinguish ethics and ethos from the law.
  • Analyze the concepts of morality, virtue, social ethics, and managerial ethics.
  • Relate the concepts of the market system, contemporary capitalism, and socialist democracies to managing in market economies.
2 Leaders and Decisions
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Impact of Groupthink
  • Examine the traits of ethical leaders.
  • Assess the impact of groupthink in the abdication of individual ethical responsibility.
  • Examine the psychology of ethical decision making.
3 Theoretical Perspectives 1
  • Reasoning in Ethics
  • Utilitarian Ethics
  • Deontological Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Analyze the impact of relativism and psychological egoism on ethics.
  • Explain how utilitarian ethics has been used to shape b usiness policy and examine its challenges.
  • Examine the principle of categorical imperative.
  • Analyze virtue ethics and its role in business practice.
4 Theoretical Perspectives 2
  • Character Ethic
  • Female Ethic
  • Ethics and Human Rights
  • Ethical Action
  • Identify the principles that govern and shape character.
  • Examine the proposition of a feminine ethic and the caring perspective.
  • Relate human rights to economic rights of production and consumption.
  • Examine the concept of moral excellence and implement a checklist in decision making.
5 Morality in Business
  • Kohlberg and Moral Reasoning
  • Ethical Corporate Structures
  • Federal Guidelines and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Compare Kohlberg’s method of assessing managers’ moral decision-making processes and James Weber’s modification.
  • Evaluate the benefits and limitations of corporate credos, ethics programs, and codes of ethics in promoting proactive ethical behavior.
  • Analyze the impact of federal sentencing guidelines and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on proactive ethics in businesses.
6 Corporate Social Responsibility
  • The Classical Model
  • The Moral Minimum
  • The Stakeholder Theory
  • Review the classical model of corporate social responsibility.
  • Evaluate the moral minimum framework.
  • Demonstrate the limitations of the utilitarian and private property defenses of the classical model.
  • Analyze the theory that managerial decisions should balance the interests of all stakeholders.
7 Diversity and Discrimination
  • Discrimination Versus Differentiation
  • Woman in the Workforce
  • Preferential Policies
  • Promoting Diversity
  • Analyze differentiation and discrimination and relate it to equal opportunity and affirmative action.
  • Evaluate how overt discrimination, sexual harassment, and the glass ceiling create a negative work environment for women.
  • Review the impact of preferential treatment policies as a means of securing equality in the workplace.
  • Assess the effectiveness of implementing diversity policies.
8 Globalization and Regulation
  • International Economic Integration
  • Labor
  • Analyze the purpose of international economic integration and relate it to living standards.
  • Examine the working conditions of labor in emerging industry to international institutions and the policies regulating global economic activities.
9 Global Ethics
  • Cross-Cultural Ethical Values: Eastern Business Philosophy
  • Cross-Cultural Ethical Values: Jewish and Islamic Business Ethics
  • Cross-Cultural Ethical Values: Overseas Business Ventures
  • Examine the business philosophy of kyosei, Confucius, and Tetsuro Watsuji.
  • Review economic and commercial activities to Islamic teachings and Jewish traditions.
  • Examine the intricacies of conducting ethical overseas business ventures and relate it to the FCPA.
10 Employee Issues
  • Moral Rights and Legal Doctrine
  • Health and Safety
  • Privacy and Substance Abuse
  • Examine the right to work and relate it to the doctrine of employment at will.
  • Analyze the principle of due process and employee participation.
  • Assess the ethical considerations governing health and safety standards in the workplace.
  • Review the concepts of personal zone, control of personal information, and substance abuse testing.
11 Ethics in Marketing – Product Safety and Pricing
  • Risk Analysis in Health and Safety
  • Responsibilities of the Producer
  • Products Liability
  • Fair Pricing
  • Review how risk analysts estimate the costs of saving lives in the context of health and safety.
  • Examine the ethical concerns associated with market exchanges.
  • Analyze products liability and relate it to the assigning of accountability.
  • Illustrate how price gouging, monopolistic pricing, price-fixing, and predatory pricing affect fair market pricing.
12 Ethics in Marketing – Advertising and Target Marketing
  • Sales, Advertising, and Product Placement
  • Regulating Sales and Advertising
  • Target Marketing
  • Explore the ethical considerations that govern the promotion and placement of products.
  • Examine the role of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in regulating marketing practices and relate it to consumer autonomy.
  • Analyze the ethics of the strategies used in target marketing.
13 Environmental Responsibilities
  • Environmental Pragmatism
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Sustainable Economics
  • Explore the range of environmental responsibilities applicable to businesses and relate it to environment pragmatism.
  • Examine environmental regulation policies in the context of a market system.
  • Analyze the proposition that the economy is a subsystem within the Earth’s biosphere and requires sustainable development.
14 Employee Responsibilities
  • Agent-Principal and the Gatekeeper Function
  • Managerial Responsibility and Loyalty
  • Responsibilities to the Community
  • Examine the professional ethics and responsibilities of employees and agents in their role as intermediaries.
  • Explore loyalty and the responsibility of Managers to acquire and act on negative information.
  • Analyze employee responsibilities to the community in the context of honesty, whistleblowing, and insider trading.
15 Review Topic
  • Review
  • Review

There are no prerequisites to take Business Ethics.

The required eTextbook for this course is included with your course purchase at no additional cost.

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StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.

If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There are a total of 1000 points in the course

4 Graded Exam 1 125
6 Graded Exam 2 125
6 Midterm Exam 200
10 Graded Exam 3 125
14 Graded Exam 4 125
15 Final Exam 300
Total   1000

Final Proctored Exam

The final exam is developed to assess the knowledge you learned taking this course. All students are required to take an online proctored final exam in order complete the course and be eligible for transfer credit.

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