Workshop on Teaching Profesional Business Ethics 2019


All sessions will be held in the Rafik B. Hariri Building, room 230.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Dinner at Taj of India (M Street) 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Session One - 9 - 10:30 a.m.: The Principles Approach

A description of how business ethics can be taught utilizing true normative principles derived from the nature of the activity of doing business in a market. This does not require the introduction of abstract features of moral philosophy, overcomes the problem of ethical relativism, and prevents the course from degenerating into an exploration of people's beliefs about what is right and wrong.

Session Two - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: The Business Project

A description of how to structure a business ethics course with a semester long group project that causes the students to become personally invested in both learning to avoid and resolving ethical issues that can arise in business.

Lunch - 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Session Three - 3 - 4:30 p.m.: The Ethics Project

A description of how to make a business ethics course relevant to the real world by empowering students to work outside of the classroom to attempt to effect a positive change in the world while learning important principles of ethics.

Session Four - 5 - 6:30 p.m.: Incorporating Moral Psychology into the Course

A description of how the insights of moral psychology can be incorporated into a business ethics course. All moral argument contain both a normative premise that prescribes proper behavior and an empirical premise that describes of the world and human beings actually function. The session is designed to show how to ensure that the empirical aspect ethical argumentation plays it proper role.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Session Five - 9 - 10:30 a.m.: Interactive Exercises and Role-playing Scenarios/Open Discussion

This session provides a series of in class interactive exercises and role-playing scenarios that illustrate the ethical principles introduced and provide practice in applying them to hypothetical situations.

Session Six - 11 - 12:30 p.m.: Experiential Learning/Open Discussion

A description of how to structure a business ethics course so that to complete the course students must do more than merely learn about ethical issues in the abstract, but must resolve actual ethical problems that are built into the course's work assignments.

Open Discussion/Participant Input/Feedback

Lunch - 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

End of Workshop