This is a course in practical ethics that will be equally accessible to business students and students of other disciplines. We will pay special attention to the many individual actions that have moral dimensions in everyday business decisions, especially in cross-cultural and international business contexts. Active student participation is required.
Field WorkCountry: Costa Rica
Day: 5 - Wednesday, 9 December
Shark-finning, a wasteful and brutal practice, involves cutting off the valuable fins of sharks and returning the still living sharks to die in the waters. The waters of Costa Rica have been a prime spot for shark-finning by international fishing fleets supplying Chinese and other Asian markets where shark-fin soup is in high demand. Although the practice is now illegal, there have historically been legal loopholes and lax enforcement. We will talk with people working for organizations to stop the practice of shark-finning to learn about the challenges to enforcing a ban on a highly lucrative business practice that has damaging environmental and ecological effects. Academic objectives: To learn about the challenges to enforcing a ban on a highly lucrative business practice that has damaging environmental and ecological effects. Because shark-finning in Costa Rica serves clients in China and other Asian countries, there are also international implications to consider.