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Instructor: Zach Ferguson. This course meets MWF 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. in PH 328.

This course takes an applied approach to business ethics that emphasizes real-world application. While we will cover the academic literature on business ethics, we will also pay attention to practical problems and real-life examples. Possible topics of discussion include:

  • Is the sole purpose of businesses the maximization of profit?
  • What, if any, social responsibilities do businesses bear?
  • Are CEOs being paid too much in compensations?
  • Are consumers morally complicit in the unethical practices of businesses from whom they purchase goods and products?
  • How should businesses take environmental concerns into account in their operations?
  • Is price gouging always (or even in most cases) morally wrong?
  • Are there better and worse ways to organize the workplace?
  • Are there moral limits to markets? In particular, should we have markets for human organs, reproductive services, and sex work?


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