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Course Description

This course examines ethical and evaluative issues relating to business and professional practices, and is intended for students registered in a science or professional program, but without a background in philosophy. Topics to be explored include the nature of values and ethical systems, duties and rights, private and public goods, the consumer movement, social marketing, corporate social accounting, private right and professional responsibility.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

1. Analyze what characterizes a particular business situation as an ethical situation;

2. Assess the importance of business ethics in a global economy while respecting individual employees and their work-life balance;

3. Correctly apply terminology such as capitalism, globalization, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder theory, corporate accountability, corporate citizenship, civil society organizations in varied contexts;

4. Outline key normative ethical theories and apply these theories to real-world situations;

5. Evaluate the role that governments should play in regulating businesses;

6. Demonstrate the ability to identify multiple stakeholders in society and the extent to which businesses owe them moral consideration;

7. Explain the concept of corporate social responsibility along with how it can be implemented, measured and reported by businesses

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Business Ethics: Business and society, and the theoretical basis of ethics
  • Ethics, capitalism and stakeholder issues
  • Ethics and social responsibility
  • Influencing Canadian business
  • Issues: The environment and globalization

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 2.00 credits or (1 of PHIL*1000, PHIL*1010, PHIL*1050)


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 15% (10 x 1.5%)  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 
Online Discussions  10% (2 x 5%)  1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 
Major Paper  25%  1, 3 and 4 
Midterm  20%  1, 3, 4 and 6 
Final Exam 30%  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Business and Professional Ethics
January 09, 2023 to April 10, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note: If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above. You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Canadian Business & Society: Ethics, Responsibilities, and Sustainability (Textbook and Publishers Connect Access Code) by Robert W. Sexty © 2020 McGraw HillĀ  5th edition ISBN Print: 9781260065916 eBook(180-day): 9781260332780
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