CT 3.0 hours Doing The Right Thing - The Code - Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
Our Doing The Right Thing – The Code course describes the concept of general business ethics. The concept of ethics, as it applies to business in America, has undergone quite a transformation during the past half century.
Only a century ago, any discussions related to business ethics were more concerned with child labor, and unsafe or unhealthy working conditions. Consequently, prior to the 1960s, issues related to the plight of any member of the working class such as fair living wages, job safety, or decent working hours dominated most of the business ethics debate.
The decade of the 1960s was a period of strife, turmoil, and radical change. Early in the decade, President Kennedy discussed the idea of a Consumer Bill of Rights, and the 1960's witnessed the slow and steady rise of consumerism.
By the end of the 1970s, quite many major ethical issues had emerged, such as bribery, deceptive advertising, price collusion, product safety, and the environment.
In the 1980s business academics and practitioners acknowledged business ethics as a field of study, and a growing and varied group of institutions with diverse interests promoted the study of business ethics.
As the 1990s unfolded, the explosion of the World Wide Web radically changed the way the world does business. New issues began to emerge such as intellectual property rights, spamming, and a whole host of ethical concerns.
The concept of general business ethics can be described by reference to values, morals, decisions, and personal/business judgments, which are beyond the minimum standards typically set by the legal system.