MGMT 430 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

This course introduces students to the relevance and importance of ethics and social responsibility in business organizations. Among the issues are businesses’ responsibilities to employees, employees’ responsibilities to employers, honesty in business, and application of ethics in modern and diverse organization.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


6 credits of 100- or 200-level MGMT courses, OR permission of Chair.


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
- Introduction to Morality, Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
- The Business and Society Relationship
- Social Responsibility, Responsiveness, and Performance
- The Stakeholder Approach to Business, Society, and Ethics
- Business, Personal and Organizational Ethics
- Business Ethics and Technology
- Ethical Issues in the Global Arena
- Business, Government, and Regulation
- Consumer Stakeholders: Information and Product Issues
- The Natural Environment as Stakeholder
- Business and Community Stakeholders
- Employee Stakeholders and Workplace Ethical Issues
- Employee Stakeholders: Privacy, Safety, and Health
- Ethical Issues in Employment: Discrimination and Affirmative Action


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define and demonstrate an increased understanding of 'business ethics' and ‘social responsibility’
- Improve business and society relationships in modern twenty first century organizations
- Enhance awareness of the nature of business ethics in Canadian and global business environments
- Develop effective codes of ethics, personally and professionally, as business managers
- Demonstrate an awareness of the challenges of business (& corporate) social responsibility
- Examine the ethical implications of business practices from stakeholders’ perspectives
- Facilitate effective ethical practices in diverse multicultural organizations, as per applicable laws and policies
- Develop critical thinking skills via the application of concepts and theories to business cases

Literacy skills (writing, comprehension, referencing, formatting)

Positive attitude and consideration for peers

Access to D2L Online portal


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 80


Percentage of Group Work: 20


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.