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Business 108: Business Ethics
50 hours (10 weeks).
October 2012 – Present.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: summarize theories of ethics and factors affecting ethical behavior in the workplace; understand how employees, managers, and stakeholders function within a company; identify the government's role in regulating businesses; identify how businesses, the government, and the economy impact one another; distinguish techniques for managing different types of diversity in the workplace; recognize the interdependence between business and community; identify the impact of the media industry and journalism on businesses; distinguish between ethical and unethical marketing and advertising; evaluate strategies social activists and businesses use against each other; determine the stages involved in becoming an ecologically sustainable organization; and understand the ethical issues with international business, globalization, and domestic and international trade policy.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to business ethics; employees, stockholders and corporate governance; management in organizations; the relationship between business, government and society; public relations for business; diversity in the workforce; the united states government; business-government relations; government regulation on business; business' influence on the political environment; the executive branch of government: composition and roles; antitrust laws in business; corporate social responsibility and citizenship; business and the community; the media's impact on business; consumer rights and regulations; ethics in advertising; strategies of special interest groups; technology, business and society; environmental issues in business; the global business environment; and international trade and business law.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to Business Ethics (10/16).