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PHL 160 - Ethics in Business

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This philosophy course in applied ethics exposes students to ethics theories and traditions. Students apply those theories to decision making in the business world.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe various types of ethical reasoning; consequentialist/teleological and non-consequentialist/deontological.
  2. Explain the ethical objectivist’s response to the ethical relativist, and its affects on the contradictory nature of ethical egoism.
  3. Apply the ethics theories/traditions that are presented in this course to the ethical challenges found in the world of business, including its effect on Affirmative Action.
  4. Describe Rawls’s Theory of Justice and Nozick’s Entitlement Theory. 
  5. Explain the process of change needed to address moral distress.
  6. Explain the relationship Marx described between production and the social order.
Listed Topics
  1. Ethical reasoning
  2. Ethical subjectivism/relativism
  3. Ethical egoism
  4. Ethics theories: utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, natural law theory, virtue ethics, care ethics, symphonology
  5. Economic justice
  6. Marx & capitalism
  7. Equality & discrimination
  8. Moral distress in the workplace
Reference Materials
Textbooks/materials deemed appropriate by instructor
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/24/2020
Last Reviewed: 1/26/2023

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