Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BA 277
Course Title:
Business Practices and Contemporary Social Issues
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Course Description

Introduces contemporary socio-economic and best practices within the business environment with a focus on global, domestic and internal business concerns. Individual and corporate decision-making will be examined in a rational, pragmatic, responsible and decisive manner. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores; and BA 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Use an understanding of contemporary ethical standards in relation to corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line to make effective on-the job sound ethical decisions.
2. Use the stakeholder model in decision making for approaching ethical issues in the workplace.
3. Work within the codes of conduct and statements of values found in a profession and/or business editing.
4. Recognize and evaluate the ethical demands encountered by management in a global business environment and distinguish between multi-cultural ethics, etiquette, and behavior.
5. Apply analytical thinking and writing skills effectively in the workplace.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: Examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, journaling, interview, case studies, oral presentations (individual or group), small group problem solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:
   A. Business and Society
   B. Corporate Social Responsibility
   C. Stakeholder Approach to Business
   D. Strategic consumer interface impacting the triple bottom line
   E. The science of strategic philanthropy
   F. International business theory and practice
   G. Codes of Business Ethics and/or conduct
Competencies and Skills:
   A. Differentiate among the various stakeholder views of the business.
   B. Understand appropriate business responses and management and/or supervisory approaches for dealing with social, political, environmental,    technological and global issues and stakeholders.
   C. Develop and apply decision-making skills to ethical dilemmas, cases and discussions.
   D. Develop awareness for the complexities of operating a business and the contemporary business model.
   E. Present and defend opinions on problematic questions in group and classroom discussions.
   F. Evaluate judgments based on given criteria.
   G. Participate in classroom discussions and work with teams on group project.
   H. Use critical thinking skills and problem solving skills to analyze case studies.