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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 106 (GH) Introduction to Business Ethics (3) Studies ethical foundations of business and ethical problems in business practices such as advertising, international trade, labor relations, and marketing.

PHIL 106 Introduction to Business Ethics (3)
(GH)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course, as with other 100-level philosophy department courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors and others likely to take philosophy courses rather than for philosophy majors. (The analogous course for majors is PHIL 406: Business Ethics). PHIL 106 will teach students central philosophical and ethical problems in the history of business practices. It will investigate the nature of business and business practices, their relation to the human condition more generally, and their relation to and effect on human values. The course will develop a student's critical skills in evaluating both the assumptions and the philosophical foundations and justifications for business and economic systems, the relation between morality and specific business practices, and central positions and figures in the history of philosophical analysis of these questions. Historical figures will include Aristotle, Hume, Adam Smith, Mill, Marx, Hayek, and Keynes. The course will investigate business as a central feature of modern society and culture, how it evolved, and the philosophical implications for contemporary society and human values. Students will be graded on participation, case study analyses, a group presentation and response, and a final paper. PHIL 106 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill the major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course is offered once a year with an enrollment of 35-50 students.


General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.