Congratulations on making it to the end of the course! Let’s review and celebrat

Congratulations on making it to the end of the course! Let’s review and celebrate our learning.
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Discussion Prompt
I used to think … Now I think …
Critically consider the following:
What you thought and knew before you entered the class
How has your impression of ethical leadership changed, if at all? How has it remained the same?
This course offers a selective introduction to the study of philosophy through the critical examination of ethical issues arising within situations calling for responsible leadership. We will apply theoretical principles to selected case studies from professional life. Our aim is to practice careful, critical analysis of problems of right and wrong conduct around finance, marketing and advertising, corporate governance, international human rights, data science, global business, distributive and social justice, environmental policy, COVID-19 and similar public health crises, and national and global democratic citizenship.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Examine our assumptions and commitments about what living responsibly requires of us.
Evaluate and critique key concepts and theories within the philosophical study of ethics.
Recognize and apply core ideas in a variety of subject matter areas, including marketing and finance, social and economic policy, and the ethical dimensions of timely issues such as big data, global corporate citizenship, and environmental stewardship.
Apply an understanding of ethical standards and principles to a range of practical issues and situations.
Study and practice the skills of effective, ethical leadership in a range of collaborative activities around challenges in professional life.
Investigate privacy issues and other moral problems surrounding the collection and usage of data-knowledge.
Practice careful analysis and dialogue in order to become better citizens of a free and plural society where we exchange reasons for our beliefs and actions in a civil and public-spirited way.
Required Readings for Purchase
Ciulla, J. B., Martin, C. & Solomon, R. C. (Eds.) (2018). Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader (Fourth Edition). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0190497682 [Henceforth referred to as Ciulla et al. ]
Overview of Course Structure
This course consists of 15 modules, excluding the orientation module. Each module corresponds to approximately 1 week of study in this approximately 15-week course (16th week for wrap-up and final assessments). You should complete the orientation module prior to beginning Module 1.
A few modules are open for learning at one time. The later course modules are locked and will open on specific dates as you move through the course so that you can work on them. The modules and activities must be done sequentially and certain activities and assignments must be completed by certain dates. See the Weekly Schedule for details.
Weekly Schedule
All assignments are due by the Sunday of the week of the module at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time, unless otherwise stated.
Exercises & Assignments Due
Week 1
Module 0 Orientation (Ethical Leadership)
Module 1 What’s Philosophy Got to Do with Leadership?
Live Session: Zoom Welcome Meeting (Optional) – Check with your instructor
Robert Audi, “Some Approaches to Determining Ethical Obligations,” p. xxiii (Martin et al. reader)
Box, “Three Questions for Thinking about Ethics,” p. xxiii
Plato’s Apology:
Recommended Podcast:
BBC’s In Our Time podcast, “The Delphic Oracle,” feat. Edith Hall, Paul Cartledge, Nick Lowe:
Pre-Course Survey
Discussion – Get to Know Your Fellow Learners (ID Verification)
Academic Integrity: GU Honor Pledge
Module 1 The 3-2-1 Test Drive
Week 2
Module 2: Trust & Truth-Telling in Business
Harry G. Frankfurt, “On Bullshit” (PDF on Canvas)
Frankfurt discussing his account of bullshit:
Tamar Frankel, “Trust, Honesty and Ethics in Business,” p. 59
Case 2.1: “The Curious Loan Approval,” p. 64
Module 2 Reflection Piece #1
Week 3
Module 3: What is Justice?
Box, “Marx on Alienated Labor,” p. 142
Joanne B. Ciula, “Exploitation of Need,” p. 142
John Rawls, “Justice as Fairness,” p. 145
Irving Kristol, “A Capitalist Conception of Justice,” p. 152
Gerald W. McEntee, “Comparable Worth: A Matter of Simple Justice,” p. 161
Krishnadev Calamur, “How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement:”
Recommended reading:
Case 4.1: “Revolution without Ideology,” p. 166
Module 3 Ethics Town Hall #1
Midterm Paper Milestone 1: Topic Selection
Week 4
Module 4: Corporate Social Responsibility & Stakeholder Leadership
Christopher D. Stone, “Why Shouldn’t Corporations Be Socially Responsible?,” p. 179
Paul A. Argeenti, “Corporate Ethics in the Era of Millennials,” p. 198
Case 5.1: “Mondragon Cooperatives,” p. 200
Module 4 Reflection Piece #2
Midterm Paper Milestone 2: Literature Review
Week 5
Module 5: Ethics for a Data-Driven Age
Box, “Seven Theses for Business Ethics and the Information Age,” p. 214
Elizabeth A. Buchanan, “Information Ethics in a Worldwide Context,” p. 217
Bill Joy, “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us,” p. 233
Bobby Allyn, “Researchers: Nearly Half of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots:”
Yuval Noah Harari, “Why Technology Favors Tyranny:”
Recommended readings:
Geoffrey A. Fowler, “You Are Probably Spreading Misinformation: Here’s How to Stop:”
Kevin Lincoln, “Deep You:”
Module 5 Ethics Town Hall #2
Midterm Paper Milestone 3: 1st draft
Week 6
Module 6: Advertising & Marketing Ethics
Alan Goldman, “The Justification of Advertising in a Market Economy,” p. 259
Box, “Marketing to Millennials,” p. 261
Leslie Savan, “The Bribed Soul,” p. 264
Case 7.3: “Hucksters in the Classroom,” p. 271
Module 6 Reflection Piece #3
Week 7
Module 7: Ethics of Consumerism
Stanley J. Modic, “How We Got into This Mess,” p. 283
Adam Thierer, “When the Trial Lawyers Come for the Robot Cars,” p. 303
Case 8.2: “Children and Reasonably Safe Products,” p. 306
Module 7 Ethics Town Hall #3
Midterm Paper Milestone 4: Final draft
Week 8
Module 8: Loyalty & Whistleblowing
Frederick Bruce Bird, “Moral Muteness and Moral Blindness,” p. 315
David E. Soles, “Four Concepts of Loyalty,” p. 327
Box, “Blind to Earned Loyalty,” p. 330
Seymour M. Hersh, “Torture at Abu Ghraib:”
Mike Giglio, “Revenge of the Intelligence Nerds:”
Recommended reading:
Jamie Ross, “Here’s the Whistleblower Complaint Against President Trump:”
Module 8 Reflection Piece #4
Week 9
Module 9: International Business & Global Ethics
Thomas Donaldson, “Values in Tension: Ethics Away from Home,” p. 346
Box, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” p. 357
Florian Wettstein, “Silence and Complicity: Elements of a Corporate Duty to Speak Out Against the Violation of Human Rights,” p. 358
Box, “A Defense of Sweatshops,” p. 367
Case 10.4: “IBM’s Business with Hitler: An Inconvenient Past,” p. 376
Module 9 Ethics Town Hall #4
Week 10
Module 10: Professional Leadership & Nonhuman Values
Mark Sagoff, “At the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima or Why Political Questions Are Not All Economic,” p. 388
Box, “Who Owns the Earth?,”p. 403
Peter Singer, “The Place of Nonhumans in Environmental Issues,”p. 405
Box, “The Tame Land,” p. 408
Case 11.3: “Texaco in the Ecuadorean Amazon,” p. 425
Module 10 Reflection Piece #5
Final Paper Milestone 1: Topic Selection
Week 11
Module 11: Ethics of Corporate Leadership
Joanne B. Ciulla, “The Moral Pitfalls of Being a Leader,” p. 436
Box, “Messed Up Leaders,” p. 440
Al Gini, “Moral Leadership and Business Ethics,” p. 440
Dean C. Ludwig and Clinton O. Longenecker, “The Bathsheba Syndrome: The Ethical Failure of Successful Leaders,” p. 451
Robert Greenleaf, “Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness,” p. 457
Case 12.5: “How Raj Rajaratnam Gave Galleon Group Its ‘Edge’,” p. 472
Module 11 Ethics Town Hall #5
Week 12
Module 12: The Rights & Wrongs of Corporate Governance
Tom Dunfee, “Corporate Governance in a Market with Morality,” p. 492
Box, “Corporate-Governance Reform,” p. 486
John J. McCall, “Employee Voice in Corporate Governance: A Defense of Strong Participation Rights,” p. 510
Case 13.3: “Corporate Governance and Democracy,” p. 526
Module 12 Reflection Piece #6
Week 13
Module 13: Ethics of Capitalism
Karl Marx, “Commodity Fetishism,” p. 535
Daniel Bell, “The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism,” p. 556
Thomas Frank, “Too Smart to Fail: Notes on an Age of Folly,” p. 559
Case 14.1: “Blood for Sale,” p 572
Module 13 Ethics Town Hall #6
Final Paper Milestone 2: Literature Review
Week 14
Module 14: Challenges of Public Health Leadership, Pt. I
Renée DiResta, “Virus Experts Aren’t Getting the Message Out:”
Lena H. Sun, “CDC: COVID-19 Death Toll Is Twice as High Among People of Color Under Age 65 as for White Americans:”
CDC’s Office of Science statement on Public Health Ethics:
Case Study 1: Michelle R. Smith, Colleen Long, Jeff Amy, “States Accused of Fudging or Bungling COVID-19 Testing Data:”
Supplemental (recommended) reading for Case Study 1: Greg Allen, “Florida Ousts Top COVID-19 Data Scientist:”
Case Study 2: Derek Thompson, “The Technology that Could Free America from Quarantine:”
Module 14 Reflection Piece #7 Due Fri Dec 5
Final Paper Milestone 3: 1st draft Due Fri Dec 5
Thanksgiving Recess
Week 15
Exam Period
Module 15: Challenges of Public Health Leadership, Pt. II
Elliot Aronson and Carol Tavris, “The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic:”
Tommy Beer, “Trump is ‘Single Largest Driver’ of COVID-19 Misinformation, Cornell Study Finds:”
Anne Applebaum, “The Facts Just Aren’t Getting Through:”
Recommended reading:
Peter Jamison, “Their neighbors called COVID-19 a hoax. Can these ICU nurses forgive them?”
Marianna Spring and Mike Wendling, “How COVID-19 Myths Are Merging with the QAnon Conspiracy Theory:”
Albert Samaha, “My Mom Believes in QAnon. I’ve Been Trying to Get Her Out:”
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Public Health Ethics:” (skim)
Final Paper Milestone 4: Final draft Due Fri Dec 17
Final Reflection Due Fri Dec 17
Course evaluation Due Fri Dec 17

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