MGS521 - Business Ethics and Values

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Subject Title
Business Ethics and Values

Subject Description
This course encourages students to consider ethics in two ways. The first challenge is to understand ethics on a personal level. Students will consider their own values, the dilemmas they face, the quality of their relationships, and the meaning of they choices they make. Students will then examine business ethics and the highly complex ethical challenges which businesses, and individual employees, face. Students will consider how they might, as employees, balance personal and corporate values. Case studies will illustrate how business success is very often heavily impacted by the moral consequences of decisions and choices.  Ethical issues related t sustainability are also evaluated.

Credit Status
One full credit in the Business Administration Program of the School of Business Management.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Attain heightened awareness of personal values and the importance of self awareness.

2. Apply a critical lens to thinking about business ethical issues and dilemmas.

3. Understand and be able to apply ethical theory as a framework for evaluating ethical dilemmas.

4. Exhibit skill in analyzing right versus right ethical issues in a business context.

5. Demonstrate an ability to apply decision making frameworks to ethical dilemmas.

6. Evaluate corporate ethics codes.

7. Understand potential conflicts between personal values and corporate values and culture.

8. Consider his or her own role as an ethical consumer and corporate stakeholder.

9. Understand and assess the ethical components of various aspects of an organization's business practices, including Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental sustainability,
Globalization, Advertising and Marketing:

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.