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- Available Lessons: 171
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Watch fun videos as you prepare for the DSST Business Ethics and Society exam. Passing this DSST exam can help you earn three college credits accepted by thousands of colleges across the nation. This study guide provides lessons on all the topics you'll need to know to take the DSST Business Ethics and Society exam, including government regulation of business, advertising and marketing ethics, international business ethics and employer/employee relationships.
This course was last updated in 2019.
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Syllabus & Course Information
The DSST Business Ethics and Society exam tests your knowledge of business ethics and social responsibility concepts. The lessons in this course align with the objectives found on the exam and can help you:
- Understand the role that ethics plays in contemporary businesses. Study common theories on business ethics. Examine some reasons for ethical problems in business environments. Learn about ethical issues that result from scandals like insider trading and fraud.
- Explain the relationship between business ethics and moral philosophies. Discuss the relationship between Kohlberg's moral philosophy model and business ethics. Learn about other models for business ethics and define the social contract.
- Describe levels of corporate social responsibility and the five stages of corporate citizenship. Understand a business' global responsibilities and benefits of B corporations. Explore the strategy of serving the bottom of the pyramid.
- Identify types of regulation and deregulation and learn about the functions of U.S. federal regulatory agencies. Find out how the government protects people from stock market abuses and determine the role of the federal register.
- Explain the different stages of rule making, types of antitrust law and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Discuss methods of unfair competition and regulations for foreign business competition. Examine environmental law and legislation.
- Discover the functions of organizational culture and factors that can influence ethical behavior at work. Study methods for improving an organization's ethical climate and learn the importance of establishing ethics policies.
- Get tips on how to manage a diverse workforce and manage ethical behavior in business organizations. Learn about the different forms of discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environments. Identify the protections offered by the Whistleblower Act and discuss affirmative action.
- Assess employee rights and ethical issues in human resources. Study the Americans with Disabilities Act and identify some of the benefits of diversity training.
- Understand marketing ethics and differentiate between ethical and unethical target marketing practices. Describe some advertising abuses and ethical concerns associated with persuasive messages.
- Detail rights of privacy and consumer protection and list the government agencies that support consumer protection, including the Better Business Bureau. Study trade secrets, the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Identify ethical issues related to international business and take a look at trade agreements and international trade organizations. Discuss restrictions on international trade, purpose of regional integration and managerial functions in international organizations.
- Examine Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory, the benefits of outsourcing and the effects of outsourcing on the global economy. Study trade restrictions, the global marketplace, factors that impact global trade and trade protectionism.
- Delve into stakeholder theory and the relationships between stakeholders and organizations. Detail the powers held by stockholders, role of the board of directors and ways that stakeholders and modern corporations interact.
- Outline the steps in legal ethical decision making and learn about partnerships and interactions between businesses and communities, corporate giving strategies and the five major consumer rights.
- Discuss the relationship between human values and environmental ethics. Explore government protections for the environment and the costs and benefits of environmental regulations.
- Assess incentive-based regulatory approaches, environmental business factors and threats to the ecosystem from businesses. Explore business sustainability and stages needed to become an ecologically sustainable organization.
- Learn about government-business relations in international business and the pros and cons of businesses' political participation. Understand the role of a public affairs department in a business and how businesses can influence advisory panels.
- Study the strategies businesses use to influence Congress, including legal, societal and political strategies. Assess the interactions between businesses, government and society then discuss the non-regulatory influence government has on business.
There aren't any prerequisites for this upper-level course, but you'll benefit from a solid foundation of business principles and concepts. Start learning business ethics today or take a look at one of our other introductory business courses.
This prep course offers 128 video lessons separated into 10 chapters. These engaging lessons are quick and can be viewed in 5-10 minutes. Each one is accompanied by a quiz for self assessment. Lesson transcripts are also available if you prefer to read along. Use the course's progress tracking tool to stay on top of the number of videos you've watched and quizzes you've passed. If you run into any questions about the material, you can ask one of our subject-matter experts. When you get to the end of a chapter, take the chapter quiz to test your knowledge of the material. As a last step before registering for the DSST Business Ethics and Society exam, take the final exam that ends this course.
DSST Business Ethics and Society Exam Information
Earning three college credits by passing the DSST exam equates to the same credits you would earn by taking this course on a typical college campus. A college course on business ethics and society generally takes a semester to complete and is usually an upper-division requirement for business majors. Students pursuing a minor in business or those in other majors who want to learn about business ethics might also take this course.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 100
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $80
DSST Business Ethics and Society Exam Breakdown
|Exam Concept||Percent of the Exam||Approximate Number of Questions|
|Ethics in Business||5%||5 questions|
|Moral Philosophies & Business Ethics||15%||15 questions|
|Social Responsibilities of a Business||10%||10 questions|
|Regulation of Business||10%||10 questions|
|Employer-Employee Relations||10%||10 questions|
|Ethics of Information||10%||10 questions|
|Ethics in International Business||10%||10 questions|
|Corporations & Stakeholders||10%||10 questions|
|Ecology and Global Business||10%||10 questions|
|Business and Government||10%||10 questions|
Earn DSST Credit
Earn college credits right away with our study guide, which can prepare you to take the DSST exam when you're ready, rather than waiting for a new semester to start. If you pass the exam, you'll earn three college credits that can be transferred to more than 1,900 colleges and universities. This course is the fastest and most efficient way to prepare for the DSST Business Ethics and Society exam.
Study Schedule for the DSST Business Ethics and Society Exam
This prep course offers around 13 hours of video lessons and quizzes to help you get ready for the exam. This self-paced and flexible course easily fits into your schedule. Use the timetable below to help you decide on the amount of time you'll need to prepare for the exam. Learn more about the credit you can earn by taking a DSST exam.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||About 1.5 weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 2 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||Just over 4 weeks|
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