This course examines the role of accountants and the accounting profession in society. Students learn about the history, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the accounting profession. Major ethical theories are introduced and analyzed before applying them to ethical and justice issues that arise in accounting and business practice. Students are encouraged to adopt the objectivity, integrity, and ethical standards necessary to serve society as an accounting professional.
This course covers two general topics that will be modified slightly based on individual faculty perspectives and style. The first part of the course deals with a variety of legal, social, and institutional dimensions of the environment in which business is conducted. This will include:
- The relationship between business and the society natural environment in which it operates;
- The relationship between business and the values of the society; the legal and business context in which we find “ethics” in today’s workplace-corporate ethics programs, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other business regulations;
- The relationship between business, society, and Jesuit values.
The second part of the course aims to help students learn how to work with two different approaches to ethical reasoning:
- A “values” approach (which echoes the “virtue ethics” approach taken by most corporate ethics programs), and
- An approach that connects with the methodology students will be exposed to in their ethics requirement (a secular approach based on an analysis of both the consequence of actions and the intrinsic merit of the actions themselves).
The objective of this course is introducing our students to the centrality of ethics in our mission, and importance of ethical standards in the business leaders’ decision process.
This is an applied course that focuses on the interactions of business, government, and societal institutions. Particular attention is directed to such topics as economic systems, stakeholder management, political and legislative process, sustainability, and corporate governance. Themes of ethics, social responsibility, and leadership will be emphasized. There are two specific goals: 1) The student grasps the broad issues of corporate social responsibility and 2) The student develops decision making skills needed to lead a corporation to productive solutions.
In this course, students are introduced to the field of social entrepreneurship-the process of using an entrepreneurial mindset and business skills to create innovative approaches to societal problems. We explore the social entrepreneurship landscape and examine the latest innovations in business models, legal forms, financing alternatives, and management strategies. Students are expected to identify their passions and work on relevant business ideas or field projects that will equip them with hands-on experience.
This course is designed to provide an in-depth examination of the problems currently facing the natural environment, how human industrial activity contributes to those problems, and how both private organizations (firms and NGOs) and governments can work to solve those problems. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the broad impacts of human activity, focusing on the interconnected nature of the various human impacts.
In the first part of the course, we will frame the issues through the lens of environmental science and economics. Then we will move to specific environmental problems, examining their causes, effects, and potential solutions from science, policy, and industry perspectives. For each of these issues, we will discuss potential impacts on and responses by private organizations, including the current state of scholarly and practitioner understanding of how to capitalize on solving environmental problems.