What, if at all, is the relationship between markets and morality? What constitutes ethical conduct for the behaviour of businesses? Do businesses bear moral responsibilities to shareholders, consumers, or both? What are the moral rights and responsibilities of workers? These questions and many more are at the heart of business ethics, a field that focuses on the moral dimensions of commerce. This rich area of philosophy engages with a wide array of disciplines, including public policy and the social sciences. Given that there are few, if any, dimensions of human life unmediated by economic factors, business ethics is an essential subject of study. This course provides an in-depth survey of the primary topics, problems, and concepts therein. Each week explores a principal topic in relation to notable case studies, emphasizing the cultivation of capacities for rational engagement with complex problems and diverse perspectives over definitive conclusions. Course assessment centres upon the clear and cogent presentation of original and reasoned positions on these problems in formal writing assignments.
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