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Instructor: Ralph Flanders. This course meets MTWRF 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. in MU 104 via in-person (IP) instruction.

This course explores a range of real-world ethical issues that arise in contemporary business contexts. We’ll begin with an introduction to ethical theory. Then we’ll analyze and evaluate some of the key debates in business ethics. We will examine questions such as the following:

  • 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?
  • Should dating apps make available the option of filtering out people based on their race or ethnicity?
  • Are there limits to markets? In particular, should we have markets for human organs, reproductive services, and sex work?

The main aim of the course is to help students think through some of the main ethical problems facing business in our world today.