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BMGT 788D—ETHICAL DILEMMAS AND CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP EMBA III Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Instructors: Professor Steve Loeb 301-405-2207 firstname.lastname@example.org 3335 Van Munching Hall Professor Josh Newberg 301-405-8730 email@example.com 3425 Van Munching Hall COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GRADING This course will survey applied topics in business ethics. In our first meeting, we will provide a conceptual framework for analyzing these topics. This framework has four parts or “themes”: (1) Ethical systems, (2) Corporate Social Responsibility, (3) Relationship of Law and Ethics, and (4) Individual Ethical Decision-Making. Thereafter, class time will be used to explore applied topics with reference to these four themes. The course will use a number of instructional formats including: (1) lectures, (2) student group presentations, (3) videos, (4) guest speakers, and (5) a social auditing project. The course will meet on the times and dates announced in the schedule. Grading is on a pass/fail basis using the following system. Class Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30% Group Presentation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30% Social Audit Project . . . . . . . . . . 40% 100% Class Participation (30%) Attendance and active participation are essential to learning in this course, and the instructors will keep detailed notes of each. Please attend each class and draw from the reading material in your class participation. To help with this evaluation attendance will be taken. Papers may be assigned as alternative assignments in the case of absences or other instances where significant class time is missed. Group Presentation (30%) Each student will be assigned to a group that will have responsibility to present on a particular applied topic. The size of your group will likely be 3, 4 or 5 students. Each group presentation is to last about 45 minutes. Grades on the presentations will be determined by the instructors. Each group will introduce its topic, identify the important issues and suggest alternative ways of dealing with the issues raised by the topic. Ideally, the group will address the following four themes: (1) ethical systems (2) corporate social responsibility; (3) the interplay between law and ethics; and (4) individual ethical decision-making. Group presentations should be thorough and effective. Find ways to involve the entire class for some part of the presentation. Groups are encouraged to use creative presentation techniques such as: mock trials, role-plays, debates, town meetings, or case studies that involve the audience. Feel free to employ appropriate audio-visual techniques such as Power Point. Groups are strongly encouraged to hand out an outline of the presentation to the class. In preparation for the presentation the groups are encouraged to prepare in the evenings during weekend classes and to communicate with each other by telephone or email. The topics for group presentations are: Ethics of Fair Competition and Intellectual property Accounting Ethics Privacy Global Ethics Whistleblowing Compliance and Crises Management Employment Ethics Ethics of Investing v3 08/15/2008 Page 2 of 4 Social Audit Project (40%) Each student is to do a Social Audit (SA). A 6-10 page typed (double spaced) written report will be due on the dated noted below. Ideally the SA will be done with regard to the firm for which you are currently working. Since this exercise involves corporate social responsibility (CSR), no governmental agencies should be the subject of your SA. If it is not feasible to study your employer, you should pick a corporation and obtain information from a variety of sources (e.g., the Internet, publications, the SEC, contacting the corporation). Begin by informing yourself of what the corporation does to make the world a better place, other than to sell its goods and services. For example, what social policies does it follow regarding community development, education, and/or the environment? CSR involves activities in addition to contributions to charity (although such contribution are part of CSR). During the SA, think about ways that the corporation might more effectively meet its social goals if it has such specific goals. If the corporation does not have specific goals determine why not. Your paper should be analytical as well as descriptive. Moreover, your research should be thorough and appropriately footnoted. It is not enough to report what the company says about itself in company documents or in its website. Please look beyond company sources so that you can critically evaluate your company’s performance. The written report should present the methodology you followed in conducting your SA as well as your conclusions. The written report is due June 18, 2005. Proposal: Please e-mail to Professor Josh Newberg and Professor Steve Loeb a write-up (not exceeding 300 words) of an explanation of how you propose to accomplish your social audit project. It should be received by January 15, 2005 (no faxes please). If an attachment is used, please use Word. Special Needs: Any student with special needs should bring this to the attention of one of the instructors, as soon as possible, but not later than the January 21, 2005 class. Academic Integrity: The University's Code of Academic Integrity is designed to ensure that the principles of academic honesty and integrity are upheld. All students are expected to adhere to this Code. The Smith School does not tolerate academic dishonesty. All acts of academic dishonesty will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of this code. Please visit the following website v3 08/15/2008 Page 3 of 4 for more information on the University's Code of Academic Integrity: http://www.studenthonorcouncil.umd.edu/code.html On each assignment you will be asked to write out and sign the following pledge. "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this exam/assignment." Readings There will be required reading that will be provided to you in advance. Schedule of Events* October 29, 2004 7 pm- 9:30pm Discuss Syllabus/Assign Groups—Professor Steve Loeb Topics: Ethical Systems, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Law and Ethics, Individual Ethical Decision-Making — Professor Josh Newberg December 4, 2004 Topics: Social Auditing in Practice; 1:30pm- 6pm Compliance and Crises Management; Ethics of Fair Competition and Intellectual Property 2 guest speakers, 2 group presentations: January 21, 2005 Topic: Accounting Ethics 7 pm- 9:30 pm Guest speaker; Group presentation Mar. 25, 2005 Topic: Whistleblowing 7 pm- 9:30pm Guest speaker; Group presentation June 4, 2005 Topic: Global Ethics 7 pm- 9:30pm Group presentation, Professors Loeb and Newberg June 18, 2005 1:30pm- 6pm Topics: Privacy, Ethics of Investing, Employment Ethics 3 group presentations; 1 or 2 guest speakers * The schedule may change due to the availability guest speakers. v3 08/15/2008 Page 4 of 4
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