PHIL 260 Business Ethics • 5 Cr.

Description

Introduction to ethical theories relevant to issues and problems in business. Explores ethical concerns in marketing, race/gender bias, economics, the natural environment, employee-employer duties, and civic relations. Same as BUS 260. Either PHIL 260 or BUS 260 may be taken for credit, not both.

Outcomes

After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Formulate, clarify, and evaluate arguments.
  • Analyze and assess views that make ethics a matter of convention, such as Moral Relativism and Divine Command Theory.
  • Explain and evaluate substantive ethical theories and principles of bioethics, such as Utilitarianism, respect for persons, beneficence, distributive justice, and the ethics of care.
  • Explain how substantive ethical theories and principles of bioethics, such as Utilitarianism, respect for persons, beneficence, distributive justice, and the ethics of care incorporate the value of cultural diversity.
  • Explain historical cases of unethical biomedical practices, such as medical experimentation without informed consent and racial disparities in access to quality medical treatment.
  • Using ethical theories and principles, analyze the historical racial and power dynamics in bioethics that prompted the development of current professional bioethics principles and legal guidelines.
  • Analyze and assess biomedical ethical issues like euthanasia, genetic engineering, end-of-life care, treatment of minors, access to health care, experimental treatment, and abortion in terms of substantive ethical theories.
  • Explain the ethical foundations of medical guidelines concerning voluntary informed assent and the use of subjects in experimental procedures. Explain ethical issues concerning disabilities.