10:30 AM to 01:10 PM M
Innovation Hall 207
Section Information for Spring 2014
This learning community will explore the ways ethics and ethical climates are enacted in diverse organizational settings and the role of leaders in creating and sustaining those climates. This is an experiential learning course, which allows students to engage in project-based learning and applications. During the first half of the semester, students and instructors together will explore questions such as: What is organizational culture and how is leadership related to culture building? How are values, morals, and ethics established and sustained in organizations by leaders and group members? Is ethical leadership desirable and necessary? What is the responsibility of leaders to establish ethical climates in their organizations and communities? What are the tensions between ethics and leadership?
During the second half of the semester, students will serve as preliminary evaluators for the National Capital Business Ethics Awards (NCBEA) http://businessethicsawards.org. This evaluation process will involve: students reviewing submitted entries and judging criteria for the awards, establishing team strategies and due diligence tactics, contacting and doing on-site interviews at companies to discuss their ethical practices, conducting internet research on applicant organizations, preparing reports, and submitting findings in a final report.
A secondary theme of this experiential course is understanding the intersection of ethics and well-being in both theory and in practice. The science and application of well-being relates to character development in how individuals treat each other in informal and formal settings and the role of leaders in advancing the well-being of organizational members. Students will participant in one of two applied university projects this spring – Good Deeds Day on April 14th or Well-Being Day on April 17th.
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