PHIL 3120-921 Business Ethics


PHIL 3120-921 (download syllabus pdf)

Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten, Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization. Fourth Edition

U Toledo Distance Learning Course : June 28 - August 6, 2021


Nythamar "Nita" de Oliveira, Ph.D. Dept of Philosophy, Scott Hall

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PHIL 3120-921 Business Ethics

Course Description: [3 hours] An examination of the ethical dimensions of the relationships between a business and employees, consumers, other businesses, society, government, the law and the environment. In this course we will be exploring modern and contemporary conceptions and questions of business ethics, so as to integrate them with broader concern around corporate citizenship and sustainability. DL course.

The course is accessible to students coming from various academic backgrounds and its online format is very practical and pleasant. This course is being offered entirely online through the University of Toledo's Blackboard/WebCT system, accessible through the MyUT Web Portal, 24/7 (anywhere, anytime!). Students encountering any technical difficulties should contact the IT Help Desk at 419-530-2400, or the department of Distance Learning at 419-530-8835.

Required Text: Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten, Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization. Oxford University Press, 2016. Fourth Edition. ISBN-10: 0199697310; ISBN-13: 978-0199697311 (or Third Edition. ISBN: 9780199564330).

Further Reading / Reserved Materials (Library):

Julian Reiss, Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction. London: Routledge, 2013. ISBN 9780415881173.

Daniel M. Hausman, ed. The Philosophy of Economics. An Anthology. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 3rd ed. ISBN-13: 978-0521709842; ISBN-10: 0521709849

Brandon Dupont, The History of Economic Ideas. Economic Thought in Contemporary Context. London: Routledge, 2013. ISBN 9781138101333.

Jonathan Anomaly, Geoffrey Brennan, Michael C. Munger, and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. An Anthology. Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780190207311

Grades are based on point accumulation throughout the three units (from June 28 through August 6, 2021). There are 3 Homeworks/Quizzes worth 20 points each (total up to 60 points). Participation is worth up to 40 points (by sharing your views, insights, comments, and criticisms with classmates on the Discussion Board on-line on a weekly basis, at least one posting per week). Final grades for the course are based on the following scale:


93-100 = A
90-92 = A-
87-89 = B+
83-86 = B
80-82 = B-
77-79 = C+
73-76 = C
70-72 = C-
60-69 = D
59 and Below = F


Academic Honesty:

Neither plagiarism (i.e., presenting the written work of another as one's own) nor cheating (i.e., providing answers to exam questions or receiving exam answers from another) will be tolerated. Any academic dishonesty will be disciplined according to the guidelines in the University of Toledo student handbook.



If you need special accommodations to folow this course, please notify me immediately. Any student needing accommodation based on the impact of a disability and students with documented disabilities should contact the Office of Accessibility (419.383.5792 - to coordinate reasonable accommodations.


Reading Assignments & Class Structure:

Chapters on the schedule refer to the assigned readings from the textbook (chapters 1-6). Prepare all the readings before the date given. The reading assignments are usually short and hopefully pleasant. Every week you'll have the opportunity to post your comments (at least one posting per week), ask questions and do self-assessment by taking the quiz oline or writing a couple of paragraphs to address some of the suggested study questions. The quizzes and homeworks tabs are made available during the whole week and the following week, so that at any time during these 2 weeks you can take the quiz online or use the Homework tab to turn in your essay (a couple of paragraphs, about 200 words, addressing one or two questions from the assigned chapter). Make sure you understand the key concepts and terms for each unit and by regularly visiting the Oxford U Press links to the Student Resources:


OUP Student Resources Portal (5th edition)

Movie Trailers


Class Participation

Class participation is essential. That includes active involvement in all phases of the class, including the ongoing Discussions on-line (at least one posting per week).


Class Schedule:

Unit 1: June 28 – July 11: Chapters 1 & 2
Week 1: Jun 28 – Jul 4 : Chapter 1. Introducing business ethics
Ethics on Screen: Film 1. The Wolf of Wall Street

Week 2: Jul 4 – 11 : Chapter 2 (Quiz/Hwk #1 on Ch. 1)
Ch. 2. Framing business ethics: corporate responsibility, stakeholders, and citizenship
Ethics on Screen: Film 2. Promised Land
July 4-11: HOMEWORK / QUIZ # 1 (on Ch. 1)

Unit 2: July 11-25: Chapters 3 & 4
Week 3: Jul 11 – 18 : Chapter 3: Evaluating business ethics: normative ethical theories
Ethics on Screen: Film 3. Margin Call
Week 4: Jul 18 – 25 : Chapter 4 (Quiz/Hwk #2 on Ch. 3)
Ch. 4. Making decisions in business ethics: descriptive ethical theories
Ethics on Screen: Film 4. House of Cards (Series)
Jul 18 – 25 : HOMEWORK / QUIZ # 2 (on Ch. 3)

Unit 3 : July 25 – Aug 6th: Chapters 5 & 6
Week 5: Jul 25 – Aug 1: Chapter 5: Managing business ethics: tools and techniques of business ethics management
Ethics on Screen: Film 5. Pink Ribbons, Inc.
Week 6: Aug 1-6: Chapter 6 (Quiz/Hwk #3 on Ch. 5)
Ch. 6: Shareholders and business ethics
Ethics on Screen: Film 6. Wall Street and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Aug 1-6 : HOMEWORK / QUIZ # 3 (on Ch. 5)

Quiz/Homework Schedule:

Quiz/Hwk # 1 on Ch. 1: Jul 4 – 11 (Week 2)

Quiz/Hwk # 2 on Ch. 3: Jul 18-25 (Week 4)

Quiz/Hwk # 3 on Ch. 5: Aug 1-6 (Week 6)

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Related Links:


Wiki entry on Business Ethics
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Business Ethics
YouTube: Global Technology Facts
Chomsky on Globalization
The Huffington Post
CNN GPS: Global Public Square
G-d : Reformed, Catholic, Jew
UT Course: Philosophy of Religion
UT course on Globalization and World Religions
UT Course on Buddhism
UT Course on Contemporary Moral Problems
UT Course "Intro to Philosophy"
Jewish Philosophy Seminar

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