Ethics in Contemporary Organizations [CRN 29374]

Discipline: Business
Instructor: Burns
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1100
End: 1220
Field Work: Day 2 | February 20, 2018 | Myanmar (Burma)
Prerequisites: One (1) college composition course OR one (1) honors seminar Download Syllabus

Business ethics is the study ethical dilemmas, where primary stakeholders have differing values systems based on their cultures. This class will have a global emphasis that will track different value systems unique to the unique itinerary of the voyage.  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.  Students are encouraged to form their own views on the ethical and social responsibility of business. Throughout this course, students will be challenged to justify their views using sound ethical reasoning and to practice articulating their positions orally in class and through written assignments. Additionally, we will review the historical, cultural, political and legal determinants of contemporary business ethics practices and regulation in each of the countries we will be visiting on the voyage.


Field Work

Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Day: 2
Date: February 20, 2018

Myanmar has recently opened to greater acceptance of democracy and capitalism. After years of economic stagnation and repression, entrepreneurs have a much brighter future for viable growth as well as helping to revitalize the economy. Nevertheless, change cannot happen overnight. This field class will explore craft-based entrepreneurship in Myanmar, where artisans can practice their skills through marketing craft products to tourist customers and beyond.
The class will visit Pomelo (, a Fair Trade company in Myanmar. This site visit will include meeting with artisans and management, observing their business practices and considering their entrepreneurial practices.

Learning Objectives:
1. Observe first hand entrepreneurship in a developing country context
2. Consider the viability of Fair Trade as an entrepreneurial strategy
3. Evaluate the impact of social entrepreneurship on a local community