PHL 209 : Business Ethics

Reviews some historical and contemporary ethical theories and ethical issues that arise in several aspects of business, such as, management, use of computers, marketing, accounting, and doing business in an international setting. Includes the social responsibilities of corporations, the rights of workers, truth in advertising, the environmental impact of doing business, affirmative action in hiring, sexual harassment in the workplace, respect for cultural differences, and the responsibilities of the individual in the corporate setting.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Students completing this course should be able to

  • Understand core ethical theories in order to develop morally sound responses toward the challenges of business.
  • Recognize and confront the ethical issues that arise in business in order to address them in ways that best satisfy the triple bottom line consisting of people, planet, and profit.
  • Comprehend and abide by the professional and ethical standards appropriate for business professionals.
  • Analyze and evaluate ethical arguments in order to enhance communication and reflection within social conversations pertaining to business related issues.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAOT.

Course Adoption Date

Course Revision Date





Grading Options

Letter Grades


Audit Available