602.430 (15S) Business Ethics

Sommersemester 2015

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08.06.2015 08:30 - 10:30 , S.0.05
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Überblick

Lehrende/r
Tutor/in/Innen
LV-Titel englisch
Business Ethics
LV-Art
Vorlesung-Kurs (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
1.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
2.0
Anmeldungen
33
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
08.06.2015
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Along with learning something about the legal and social environments of business and moral philosophy and how it is applied in business settings, I have four other things that I hope you take away from the class at the end of the term: a. That our awareness of the moral implications of business decisions is raised. Virtually all decisions have a moral element to them, but these often go completely unrecognized in a business environment. As you have probably heard before, the first step in solving a problem is identifying it—if you don’t, you’ll never know there is a problem that needs to be solved. b. That we improve our critical thinking skills. When I was in college, one of the popular bumper stickers was “Question Authority.” I would expand that, and encourage you to question everything. There are always at least two sides to every story, and life is hardly ever as clear-cut as your textbooks would have you believe. c. That we challenge your beliefs and those of your classmates, and mine. I will insist that this be done in a respectful manner, but the exercise of examining your and others’ belief systems can be very beneficial. I suspect that all of us believe some things or value some things for very strange reasons, or no reason at all; and we probably have never even thought about why we have those beliefs. If we can examine those in the safety of the classroom, we can all leave here with a greater understanding of ourselves and maybe even a renewed conviction that we know what we are doing. d. That we become more comfortable with ambiguity. As I said before we will rarely, if ever, come to a definite decision about a moral dilemma. By its very nature a moral dilemma has more than one justifiable solution. If you are used to knowing “the answer” you will be frustrated in here. However, that’s life—you often have to make a decision, and just as often as not will never know if it was the right choice or not.

Inhalt/e

This course will explore the bases of moral behavior in business. After gaining a basic understanding of various moral theories, we will examine the roles of reason and emotion in making moral judgments, the various components of moral behavior, and the roles business plays in society. We will spend a great deal of time and effort on critical thinking skills and developing the ability to view any given situation from a variety of perspectives. The student will be asked to explore and critically evaluate his/her personal value system, with a focus on preparation for facing the ethical dilemmas that constantly occur in business settings. The instructor will not advocate a specific approach to resolving moral problems, but will be much more concerned with the problem identification and reasoning processes.

Lehrziel

During this term, we will seek to: 1. Improve the student’s critical thinking skills. 2. Provide the student with the tools necessary to become aware of the moral dimensions involved in almost all business decisions. 3. Learn how to take other parties’ perspectives, in order to be better equipped to resolve moral issues. 4. Learn about the widely recognized moral philosophies used in reasoning about moral dilemmas. 5. Understand the role intuition and emotions play in making moral judgments. 6. Learn about the components that are required for moral behavior. 7. Explore current ethical issues facing management in businesses. PREPARATION FOR CLASS You should expect to spend three to four hours preparing for each class—yes, seriously. This will include reading the material and/or cases that we will cover in class that day and taking notes/analyzing the material before class.

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

REQUIRED TEXTS The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, ISBN 9780307455772 All other assigned readings will be available on Moodle. The majority of class time will be spent in discussion about the reading materials. To get the most benefit out of this time, it is imperative that all students read the material prior to coming to class. When reading the material you should focus on the “big picture” being presented. I will not be trying to see if you remember all of the details presented, but will be focusing on questions that are raised in your mind while reading, and on applying the concepts presented to real-life situations. To aid in the process of reading and understanding the assigned material, I will provide some questions for you to think about as your read each of the assignments. You should read the questions before you begin reading the assignments, so that, as you read the material, you will be able to focus on what it has to say regarding those topics. As you read the assignments, you should be actively engaged with the text—write comments in the margins. Note things that don’t make sense to you. Ask questions. Relate the readings to other classes, other assignments, things you know or believe. The point of the readings is not to provide material for me to test you on—the point is for you to think about what the writer is saying, critique her or his arguments, and decide for yourself whether you “buy” the ideas or not. To do this requires activity on your part, not just a passive reading of the material. There is a good bit of reading required for this class. I will warn you up front that we sometimes will not get to discuss all of it in class. However, I still expect you to read all of the material. As students at a highly selective university, you should be able to learn from reading by yourself. I have spent much time and effort on selecting the reading materials for this class, and I don’t ask you to read stuff that isn’t worthwh

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Along with learning something about the legal and social environments of business and moral philosophy and how it is applied in business settings, I have four other things that I hope you take away from the class at the end of the term: a. That our awareness of the moral implications of business decisions is raised. Virtually all decisions have a moral element to them, but these often go completely unrecognized in a business environment. As you have probably heard before, the first step in solving a problem is identifying it—if you don’t, you’ll never know there is a problem that needs to be solved. b. That we improve our critical thinking skills. When I was in college, one of the popular bumper stickers was “Question Authority.” I would expand that, and encourage you to question everything. There are always at least two sides to every story, and life is hardly ever as clear-cut as your textbooks would have you believe. c. That we challenge your beliefs and those of your classmates, and mine. I will insist that this be done in a respectful manner, but the exercise of examining your and others’ belief systems can be very beneficial. I suspect that all of us believe some things or value some things for very strange reasons, or no reason at all; and we probably have never even thought about why we have those beliefs. If we can examine those in the safety of the classroom, we can all leave here with a greater understanding of ourselves and maybe even a renewed conviction that we know what we are doing. d. That we become more comfortable with ambiguity. As I said before we will rarely, if ever, come to a definite decision about a moral dilemma. By its very nature a moral dilemma has more than one justifiable solution. If you are used to knowing “the answer” you will be frustrated in here. However, that’s life—you often have to make a decision, and just as often as not will never know if it was the right choice or not.

Inhalt/e

This course will explore the bases of moral behavior in business. After gaining a basic understanding of various moral theories, we will examine the roles of reason and emotion in making moral judgments, the various components of moral behavior, and the roles business plays in society. We will spend a great deal of time and effort on critical thinking skills and developing the ability to view any given situation from a variety of perspectives. The student will be asked to explore and critically evaluate his/her personal value system, with a focus on preparation for facing the ethical dilemmas that constantly occur in business settings. The instructor will not advocate a specific approach to resolving moral problems, but will be much more concerned with the problem identification and reasoning processes.

Lehrziel

During this term, we will seek to: 1. Improve the student’s critical thinking skills. 2. Provide the student with the tools necessary to become aware of the moral dimensions involved in almost all business decisions. 3. Learn how to take other parties’ perspectives, in order to be better equipped to resolve moral issues. 4. Learn about the widely recognized moral philosophies used in reasoning about moral dilemmas. 5. Understand the role intuition and emotions play in making moral judgments. 6. Learn about the components that are required for moral behavior. 7. Explore current ethical issues facing management in businesses. PREPARATION FOR CLASS You should expect to spend three to four hours preparing for each class—yes, seriously. This will include reading the material and/or cases that we will cover in class that day and taking notes/analyzing the material before class.

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

REQUIRED TEXTS The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, ISBN 9780307455772 All other assigned readings will be available on Moodle. The majority of class time will be spent in discussion about the reading materials. To get the most benefit out of this time, it is imperative that all students read the material prior to coming to class. When reading the material you should focus on the “big picture” being presented. I will not be trying to see if you remember all of the details presented, but will be focusing on questions that are raised in your mind while reading, and on applying the concepts presented to real-life situations. To aid in the process of reading and understanding the assigned material, I will provide some questions for you to think about as your read each of the assignments. You should read the questions before you begin reading the assignments, so that, as you read the material, you will be able to focus on what it has to say regarding those topics. As you read the assignments, you should be actively engaged with the text—write comments in the margins. Note things that don’t make sense to you. Ask questions. Relate the readings to other classes, other assignments, things you know or believe. The point of the readings is not to provide material for me to test you on—the point is for you to think about what the writer is saying, critique her or his arguments, and decide for yourself whether you “buy” the ideas or not. To do this requires activity on your part, not just a passive reading of the material. There is a good bit of reading required for this class. I will warn you up front that we sometimes will not get to discuss all of it in class. However, I still expect you to read all of the material. As students at a highly selective university, you should be able to learn from reading by yourself. I have spent much time and effort on selecting the reading materials for this class, and I don’t ask you to read stuff that isn’t worthwh

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsinhalt/e

Grades will be determined by two exams, to be administered at the end of each week.

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

Grades will be determined by two exams, to be administered at the end of each week.

Prüfungsinhalt/e

Grades will be determined by two exams, to be administered at the end of each week.

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Masterstudium Angewandte Betriebswirtschaft (SKZ: 918, Version: 12W.4)
    • Fach: Kompetenzerweiterung (Pflichtfach)
      • Business Ethics ( 1.0h VC / 2.0 ECTS)
        • 602.430 Business Ethics (1.0h VK / 2.0 ECTS)
  • Masterstudium Informationsmanagement (SKZ: 922, Version: 13W.2)
    • Fach: Kompetenzerweiterung (Wahlfach)
      • 6.2.1 Nach Wahl aus folgendem Katalog siehe Seite 13-14 im Curriculum ( 0.0h VO,VC,KS / 8.0 ECTS)
        • 602.430 Business Ethics (1.0h VK / 2.0 ECTS)

Gleichwertige Lehrveranstaltungen im Sinne der Prüfungsantrittszählung

Wintersemester 2019/20
  • 602.430 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VC Business Ethics (parallel) (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2018/19
  • 602.430 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2018
  • 602.430 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2017/18
  • 602.430 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2017
  • 602.430 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2016/17
  • 602.430 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2016
  • 602.430 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2015/16
  • 602.430 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VC Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2015
  • 602.421 VK Special Topics in Consumer Behavior: (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VK Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2014/15
  • 602.430 VK Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
  • 602.431 VK Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2014
  • 602.430 VK Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2013/14
  • 602.430 VK Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2013
  • 602.430 VK Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2012/13
  • 602.430 VK Business Ethics (1.0h / 2.0ECTS)