Business Ethics

The American Business School Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business Ethics

  • Host University

    The American Business School Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Previously PHIL 310 (same content)

    This course focuses on the importance of ethical perceptions and corporate social responsibility as an inevitable factor in business. As a discipline, Business Ethics has considerably grown within the last decades and has become a major field in the age of globalisation. It refers to values-based conduct, which does not only apply to individuals but to corporations.

    A fundamental feature of this course is its ONLINE training component. Students will have the unique opportunity to work virtually - individually and as a team - as if they were in a real-world corporate setting. We will use blackboard (BB) as a platform, and students will find all the instructions for their online work on BB. The online component is worth 50% of each student's overall grade. In today's world it is an asset to engage in virtual collaboration and a definite sales pitch for your future job applications. Virtual collaboration is now required by all major companies worldwide.

    We will use a case-study approach, in conjuction with role-plays, debates and presentations to highlight the issues at hand. As a consequence of the nature of the material, we will adopt a group approach is presentation of solutions to the problems assigned. Teamwork as well as individual preparedness will be critical in successfully accomplishing the tasks required. The cases covered will be :
    - Introduction & Perspective
    - Differences between moral/legal/conceptual/utilitarian/individual/corporate issues
    - Ethics in Finance - specific practices - encouragement or bribery
    - Monopolies & oligopolies
    - Environmental issues - corporate vs consumer responsibility
    - Employment & the workplace - discrimination ; harassment ; pressure
    - Child labor & forced labor
    - Conclusion

    Business Ethics, Concepts and Cases, Manuel G. Velasquez, 6th edition, Pearson Education

    50% of the final grade will be made up of a class participation (20%), a group project (20%), a mid-term exam (30%) and a final examination (30%).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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