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15.270 Ethical Practice: Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and the Purpose of the Corporation

As taught in: Spring 2010

Plato and Aristotle in The School of Athens, painted by Raffaello Sanzio, 1509.

This course juxtaposes classical and modern writings to explore the persistent challenge of ethics in business. Topics range from the market origins of society and the art of wealth-getting, captured respectively in the writings of Plato and Aristotle (pictured above, on the left, in "The School of Athens," by Raffaello Sanzio, 1509), to accounting practices and the downfall of the energy giant Enron. (Image of Plato and Aristotle is available at Wikipedia and is in the public domain. Image of Enron logo by Ged Carroll on Flickr.)




Prof. Leigh Hafrey

Course Features

Course Description

This course is an introduction to ethics in business, with a focus on business management. Over the course of thirteen sessions, students explore theoretical concepts in business ethics, and cases representing the challenges they will likely face as managers. Individual sessions take the form of moderated discussion, with occasional short lectures from instructor.