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Class Schedule 2007:


27 September Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

What is Service Learning?

02 October

The Corporation as Moral Institution

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a VIDEO STREAMING LECTURE for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Deontology/Utilitarianism'

Brady's Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes

- Kelman, Steven. `Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique'

Bluebird Smelter

Overview of Ethical Frameworks

Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

04 October

Opening Case

Danger on the Highway: Bridgestone/Firestone's Tire Recall

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Was Ford to Blame in the Pinto Case?'

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Outline the deontological duties you have to your fellow group members. Additionally, comment on how your group project is connected to utilitarian ideals--that is, the way(s) this project contributes to specific 'goods,' either in society at large or in terms of the course learning objectives.

09 October

The Corporation as Economic Institution

Students may access a PowerPoint handout for this and the following two class sessions by clicking here

'The Tragedy of the Commons' (Hardin)

Commons Game

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Social Contract Theory

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Should Corporations Adopt Policies of Corporate Social Responsibility?'

'The Social Responsibility of Business... ' (Friedman)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT PROPOSALS or CASE PROPOSALS DUE

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE

11 October

The Corporation as Social Institution

Steinbeck on Corporate Social Responsibility

For the text of Chapter 5 of Grapes of Wrath, click here

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

'Are Corporations Inherently Wicked?' (Dunn)

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Classic Dialogue: Is Capitalism the Best Route to Human Happiness?'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CONTRACTS DUE

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Describe the way(s) in which the concept of social contract theory relates to either your interactions within your group or the organization(s) affiliated with your social change project or case analysis.

16 October

Corporation Governance

Students may access a PowerPoint handout for this class session by clicking here

'The Myth of the Director's Duty'

Anatomy of a Hostile Takeover (The Annenberg/CPB Project Ethics in America Series)
Information on key players in the video:

T. Boone Pickens
Sir James Goldsmith
Warren Buffet
Timothy E. Wirth
Frederick H. Joseph
Harrison J. Goldin
Arthur Liman
Lewis Kaden
Joseph H. Flom
Lester Thurow
James Bere (Borg Warner)
Robert E. Mercer (Goodyear Tire)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

18 October

EXAMINATION #1

Weiss Chapter 3.1-3.11; 5.5; 6.1-6.6 plus all web schedule readings (see above) and lectures

Midterm #1 Study Guide

Exam Tips

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Outline the 'deliverables' you will be including within the 'scope of service' contract due next week. If taking the case option, describe the 'moral dilemma' which will be the springboard for your case analysis, and relate this 'moral dilemma' to at least two of the ethical frameworks covered in this course.

23 October

The Corporation as Moral Institution

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a VIDEO STREAMING LECTURE for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Justice/Caring/Libertarianism/Virtue/Land Ethic'

Overview of Ethical Frameworks

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Are Pharmaceutical Firms Obligated to Cut Their Prices for Poor AIDS Victims?'

- Le Guin, Ursula. `The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'
- Dunn, Craig P. `The Normative Defense for Affirmative Action'

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Describe how at least one of the ethical frameworks covered in the video streaming lecture for this week relates to your social change project or case analysis.

25 October

EXAM #1 DEBRIEFING

EACH GROUP IS TO PROVIDE A FIVE TO TEN MINUTE UPDATE OF THEIR SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT.
Refer to discussion questions below for areas to be addressed.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

'SCOPE OF SERVICE' CONTRACTS DUE

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE

30 October

DEADLY DECEPTION (INFACT video)

The full text of DEADLY DECEPTION can be found by clicking here.
For current news regarding the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, visit the Hanford Watch website.
To better understand the concept of advocacy video, see the work of the Benton Foundation.

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Can Restructuring a Corporation's Rules Make a Moral Difference?'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Provide a brief overview of the dilemma your group addressed as part of your discussion of Deadly Deception. What recommendation did your group develop to resolve this dilemma, and how does this recommendation conform with the model of ethical decision-making?

01 November

International Dimensions of Business Ethics

Global Dumping Ground

Social Accountability 8000 (click on the 'PDF' link)

Amnesty International's Universal Declaration of Human Rights

An Excrutiating Dilemma Between Life and Law

Want to know where and under what conditions your clothes are made? MADE-BY

Your wallet is a mouth. When you spend money, you tell the world how you want it to be.Wallet Mouth

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Are Multinational Corporations Free from Moral Obligations?'

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Are Sweatshops Necessarily Evil?'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

02 November
3:00-4:00 pm

Fraser 4

Executive in Residence Business Ethics Lecture

Erick Laine, CEO, Madrona Medical Group (for bio, click here)

ONE PAPER 'BYE' FOR ATTENDANCE

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL (only for those attending): What was the best ethics insight you gained from the session you attended today?

06 November

Sustainable Business Practices

Case Presentation: Keep Maine Free From Genetically Altered Crops (40128)
Anderson/Post/Shin

Case Presentation: Big Oil's Big Stall on Ethanol (40129)
Johnson/Thalasinos/Wersen

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Do Environmental Restrictions Violate Basic Economic Freedoms?'

Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics.
Ethics and the Economics Ecology Dilemma: Toward a Just, Sustainable, and Frugal Future
Natural Capitalism
Environmental Management Issues in Corporate Strategy

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE

08 November

Ensuring Ethical Behavior

Case Presentation: Executives: Making it by Faking it (40128)
Hill/Lengvenis

Case Presentation: Inside the KPMG Mess (40129)
Andersen/Krumdlack/Stewart

Students may access a PowerPoint handout for this class session by clicking here

'The Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility' (Carroll, Archie B.)
Josephson Institute on Ethical Decision-Making
Johnson & Johnson Credo
VERIZON Code of Business Conduct: Connecting Through Integrity
How Companies Can Avoid Federal Prosecution

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Offer at least one recommendation specifically related to ensuring ethical behavior within your social change project client or donor organization, or the organization under review within your case analysis.

13 November

EXAMINATION #2

Weiss Chapter 4.1-4.5; 5.2-5.5; 7.1-7.5 plus all web schedule readings (see above)

Midterm #2 Study Guide

15 November

EXAM #2 DEBRIEFING

Case Presentation: Pharmacies Take Up Morning-after Pill Debate (40128)
Thralls/Wells

Case Presentation: This is Your Brain on Advertising (40128)
Meele/Menard-Lalonde/Olsen/Poore

Case Presentation: The Challenger Disaster (40128)
Griffin/Lewis/Powers

Case Presentation: Organ Donors Should Get First Priority for Transplants (40129)
De Moss/Grant/Shreve

20 November

The Meaning of Work

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Chapter 8
Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Donna Murray)

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a VIDEO STREAMING LECTURE for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Meaning of Work: Part 1'

22 November THANKSGIVING BREAK
27 November

The Meaning of Work

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Chapter 9
Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Carl Murray Bates, Walter Lundquist, Nora Watson)

Collins, Jim. What Comes Next?

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a VIDEO STREAMING LECTURE for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Meaning of Work: Part 2'

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Draft a statement of personal purpose consistent with the parameters outlined in the article 'What Comes Next.'

29 November

The Meaning of Work

Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter title: Roberta Victor)

Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'
The World According to Me

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a VIDEO STREAMING LECTURE for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Meaning of Work: Part 3'

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE

04 December

Social Change Project Presentations


TEAM EVALUATION FORM for following groups DUE TODAY


*Donation Baskets for the Salvation Army* (40128)
Bartee/Gowan/Kruse/Neal/Peterson/Tang/Yi
*Unforgettable* (40128)
Braund/Durnell/Fouad/Gallacher/Gochenour/Kasper
*Turkey Shoot Golf Scramble and Food Drive* (40128)
Collins/Marsh/White
Case Presentation: 911 for Homeowners in Trouble (40128)
Lockwood/Putnam/Van Dyke/Walden
*Quit Playing Games with my Heart* (40129)
Jones/Wiviott
*WWU Tutors for the Future* (40129)
Cope/Fay/Gregg/Hill/Tebelman/Upenieks
*Turkey Lurkey Food Drive* (40129)
Dickson/Emmick/Herberholt/Krause/Ly
06 December

Social Change Project Presentations


TEAM EVALUATION FORM for following groups DUE TODAY


*Reaching for the Blue Sky* (40128)
Green/Hendrickson/Huang/Nagler
*3 on 3 Ball for the Boys and Girls Club* (40129)
Allen/Budworth/Lawler/Maher/Niehoff/Pederson
*Hunger Punch* (40129)
Anderson/Cole/Pargas/Pettay/Riley/Waddell
Case Presentation: A Body Blow to Illegal Labor? (40129)
Dealy/Truong

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Provide your final reflections regarding the 'link' between your social change project or case analysis and the content of this course.

14 December
8:00 am

13 December
1:00 pm

FINAL EXAMINATION

Final Exam Study Guide


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