1. To familiarize students with the dynamics generated by the value contexts of faith and ethics in the world of work.
2. To give students a taste of the practice of meditative reflection and its effect on work practices.
3. To give students the appropriate conceptual tools for analyzing and resolving issues that arise in business practices.
4. To identify, analyze, and prioritize the values and beliefs that should drive virtuous business practices.
5. To develop the skill for resolving ethical conflicts that arise in specific cases.
6. To develop the skill of understanding Catholic Social Teaching and UD's Marianist Heritage and of applying them to the purposes of business to create a healthy corporate culture, management practices and leadership models..
7. To explore the societal role and purpose of work and its spiritual dimension in the Christian context.
8. To develop an understanding of of the "common good" and the need to see business and leadership as a "calling."
9. To identify successful firms and individuals who are known for exemplary practices associated with the theme of Business as a "Calling."
10. To converse with each other and draw upon their experience in the world of Business to highlight opportunities and problems encountered and discuss ways to address them ethically and in ways that consider and respond to the needs of society.
11. To develop team-building skills through the use of electronic technology.
12. To develop writing skills in students.
ACTIVITIES RELATED TO OBJECTIVES:
1. Students will reflect on the meaning of "Faith" and how it is integral to business practices.
2. (a) Students will learn and employ the various dominant ethical systems that are used to structure ethical analyses, e.g., natural law, deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics. (b) Students will examine and employ the various ethical principles that are used to resolve ethical conflicts, e.g., autonomy, beneficence, and justice.
3. (a) Students will learn the meaning of "virtue" and the role of decisions in developing both a professional and private virtue life. (b) Students will identify, prioritize, and learn to apply the various virtues that are the hallmark of good managers, e.g., efficiency, loyalty, compassion, etc.
4. (a) Students will develop the skill of conceptual analysis in examining the basic issues that arise in particular cases, e.g., ethical relativism, integrity, truth-telling, etc. (b) Students will develop the skill of identifying basic human values that are at stake in particular ethical cases, e.g., dignity, respect for persons, equality, safety, etc. and the spiritual foundations for these values. Cases to be examined will include a variety of issues arising in Business. (c) Students will develop a global perspective on particular cases and practices in business, e.g., off-shore employment practices, safety of consumers and citizens in foreign countries, environmental exploitation, etc.
5. Students will produce reflections on Business practices and on themselves that will examine the spiritual dimension of the world of work.
6. Students will engage in three forms of electronic exchange as team-building exercises: (1) on-line collaborative writing projects; (2) on-line threaded discussions; (3) electronic web conferences.
7. Short essays, which will be submitted electronically,
will demonstrate students' individual abilities in achieving the learning
and communication objectives of this course.