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Ethics On the Edge: Business, Non-Profit Organizations, Government, and Individuals

The objective of the course is to explore the current international emphasis on organizational ethics. Students will consider in-depth complex ethics matters across business, the non-profit sector, and government. We will unravel the factors contributing to the seemingly pervasive failure of ethics today, including commonalities and links among sectors, through a broad range of international case studies. Examples might include: the Bangladesh garment factory fire and collapse; corruption in Nigeria; the Libor rate-rigging scandal; the US military sex abuse scandal; the GlaxoSmithKline China corruption scandal; racism in international football; drones; social media; and a non-profit sector ethics challenge to be identified. Prominent guest speakers would attend certain sessions interactively. Questions of cultural context, how ethics lags behind technology, ethics and leadership, and ethics and global systemic risks (poverty, financial system meltdown, climate change, cyber terrorism¿) will be considered. Attendance required. Final project in lieu of exam on a topic of student's choice. Special Instructions: Attendance required. No prerequisites. Law students will have an opportunity to substitute certain readings for more legally-focused material and will have the option to choose a final project topic integrating legal analysis. NOTE: This course does not meet the SLS Ethics requirement. This course is cross-listed with the Public Policy. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments, and Final Paper. (Cross-listed as PUBLPOL 134 and PUBLPOL 234)


Instructors for this course (Past and Present)

Susan Liautaud