Ethics in Contemporary Organizations [CRN 77129]

Discipline: Business
Instructor: Lenk
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1510
End: 1630
Field Work: Day 1- Monday, 19 September | Greece Download Syllabus


Business ethics is the study of decision maker choices of behavior in ethical dilemmas, or situations where primary stakeholders have differing preferences for the decision maker’s choices. Through the study of leading philosophical, psychological, economic, and practical judgment constructs and examples, students will discover and develop their own values and habits for living and working consistent with their “ethical brand”.  Using textbook readings, real-world case studies, reflective journals, interactive exercises, and exams, students will learn to think critically and logically argue about the role and purpose of their behaviors in business and society. They will identify the risks and opportunities associated with business conduct and uncover ways to address such risks and opportunities as working professionals, identifying ways to give voice to their values and how they want to put business ethics into practice in the real world from a global perspective.  

Field Work

Country: Greece
Day: 1- Monday, 19 September

In this field class we will meet with Professor Maria Ines Carpi to discuss the Ethics behind agriculture at the downtown Deree University campus. After a local lunch together in the Plaka, we will visit the Acropolis and explore the sites. Finally we will summarize our findings and case studies in the Pnyka where Democracy began over 2,500 years ago.

Learning objectives:
1. Ability to describe a generic ethical dilemma template they can use analyze the stakeholders and their position in the ethical context of agriculture in the European Union
2. Ability to name the primary stakeholders in EU agriculture in Greece.
3. Ability to describe the primary ethical issues in Greek agriculture,
4. Ability to apply that template to several contexts including the following: the incorrect labeling of non-Greek agricultural products as coming from Greece, the use of potentially damaging chemicals in agricultural production, the production of illegal agricultural products, and the fixing of agricultural product prices.