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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Business Ethics (BUS 205)

Course Category: 

Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

March 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the role of ethics in business environment; establish a relationship between business ethics and profitability and explain the CSR; compare the origins and goals of virtue ethics in the East and the West; evaluate the role of utilitarianism in contemporary business and explain Immanuel Kant’s concept of duty and the categorical imperative and the model of Kantian business ethics; identify key types of business-stakeholder relationships and key approaches to stakeholder theory; define stakeholder categories and identify the factors that affect stakeholder prioritization; evaluate the claim that sustainability benefits both business and the environment; describe the processes of acculturation and enculturation; describe the ways ethical standards change over time and the role of geography and religion on global business relationships; identify specific ethical duties managers owe employees; discuss gender pay gap and identify management’s responsibilities when monitoring employee behavior at work; define employees’ responsibilities to the company for which they work; explain how confidentiality applies to trade secrets, intellectual property, and customer data; describe employees’ duty to follow company policy and the code of conduct; outline the rules and laws that govern employees’ criticism of the employer; explain the benefits and challenges of employee diversity in the workplace and describe workplace accommodations for different abilities and faiths; and outline the benefits, drawbacks and ethical challenges of telecommuting and explain the benefits, drawbacks, and ethical issues of job sharing and flextime.


Major topics include ethics issues, ethical leadership and the ethical decision framework.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources Management, Management, Finance, or Accounting (8/21).