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Course SummaryThis Business Ethics Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach business ethics. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this business ethics course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of business ethics, from the United States government to international trade. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific business ethics course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like cultural diversity or gender diversity in the workplace. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on ethical and unethical target marketing in business includes key terms like predisposed ways and vulnerable populations.
As you work on your business ethics lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like antitrust laws in business if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like business-government relations.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from judicial decision making to workers' rights, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on why companies utilize public relations or on advertising abuses? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about corporate giving strategies, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on the media's impact on business, you can point your students to the transcripts on rules media need to abide by, mass media development and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from understanding the unethical use of ambiguity to key terms such as controversial advertising.
- Tests You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on the branches of government? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are some of the major bias types of the media?
Below is a sketch of the business ethics syllabus modeled on a 24-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Introduction to Business Ethics||Ethical decision making, reasons for ethical problems in business, attorney professional and ethical conduct|
|Week 2||Employees, Stockholders & Corporate Governance||Executive compensation trends, health and safety regulations, collective bargaining|
|Week 3||Management in Organizations||Top, middle and low-level managers, management functions|
|Week 4||The Relationship Between Business, Government & Society||Capitalism, development of interest groups, government protections for stock market abuse|
|Week 5||Public Relations for Business||Crisis planning, public relations management|
|Week 6||Diversity in the Workforce||Cultural diversity, age diversity, disability diversity|
|Week 7||The United States Government||Branches of government, state government, local government|
|Week 8||Business-Government Relations||Public policy types, government regulation of administrative agencies|
|Week 9||Government Regulation of Business||Role of the Federal Register, types of regulation and deregulation, cost and benefits of regulation|
|Week 10||Political Parties & Lawmaking||National parties, Congress, the process of a bill becoming a law|
|Week 11||Business' Influence on the Political Environment||Public affairs departments, tactics of businesses' political involvement|
|Week 12||The Executive Branch of Government: Composition & Roles||Presidential powers, the presidential candidate nomination process, independent agencies|
|Week 13||The Federal Judicial Branch of Government: Structure & Responsibilities||The court system, original compared to appellate jurisdiction, selection of Supreme Court Justices|
|Week 14||Antitrust Laws in Business||Corporate expansion, merger types, Federal Trade Commission|
|Week 15||Corporate Social Responsibility & Citizenship||Corporate citizenship, social responsibility, social performance|
|Week 16||Business & the Community||Interactions between businesses and communities, corporate giving strategies|
|Week 17||The Media's Impact on Business||Media bias, history of mass media and journalism in the United States|
|Week 18||Consumer Rights & Regulations||The major rights consumers have, government regulation for consumer protection|
|Week 19||Ethics in Advertising||Advertising abuses, unethical and ethical target marketing|
|Week 20||Strategies of Special Interest Groups||Social and business interest groups, activists, tactics to counter activists|
|Week 21||Technology, Business & Society||Business technology, E-business, ethics involved with technology management|
|Week 22||Environmental Issues in Business||Sustainable development, environmental taxes, major threats to ecosystem|
|Week 23||The Global Business Environment||Costs and benefits of globalization, regional integration, ethical concerns|
|Week 24||International Trade & Business Law||International treaties, U.S. trade policy, tariffs and quotas|
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