Philosophy 316:

Professional Ethics

How To Reach Professor Keith Korcz:
My office is in H. L. Griffin Hall, rm. 563. My office hours are MW12:00 – 1:00 and 2:15 - 4:15, Th 12:00 – 3:00, and F 12:00 – 1:00. We can also meet at other times by arrangement - just ask. The best way to contact me (or ask questions) is by e-mail at My office phone number is 482-6806.

Required Texts:
1. "Professional Ethics" Course Pack (available only via the Moodle course page).

Assignments & Grading:
There will be three required in-class exams, the two during the semester each worth 30% of your course grade, and the cumulative final exam worth 40% of your course grade. The in-class exams will consist primarily of short answer and multiple-choice questions. However, all make-up exams will be primarily essay. The exams will cover both lectures and assigned readings (material in lectures and assigned readings will not always overlap). All exams are closed book/closed note. There is also one required extra-credit assignment.

The course grades will initially be determined according to the standard scale, i.e., 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, 59% and below = F, and then may be modified as follows:  Course grades might be curved, but, if so, the curve would not be such that any student's grade is lowered. Such factors as improvement over the length of the course, class participation, etc., may be taken into consideration, especially where doing so may improve a borderline grade. You must complete all required assignments to receive a passing grade (i.e., a grade other than F, NC or U).

Class Policies:
If you miss class, for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to get class notes from another student. Missed assignments can be made up, and absences excused, only if an appropriate excuse, e.g., illness requiring medical attention, participation in certain university-sponsored events, dangerous weather, etc., is provided. If you miss an assignment due date, you must notify me within one week of either the due date or the cessation of a medically documented persistent vegetative state in order to make up the assignment. An unexcused late assignment will be dropped 2/3 of a letter grade per day it is late. For every five unexcused absences or partial absences, your course grade will be dropped by a letter grade. Remember to turn cell phones off and to put them away. Finally, be sure you are familiar with all university policies described in the UL Lafayette Undergraduate Bulletin and Code of Student Conduct. All assignments for this class must be completed individually, and any instance of academic dishonesty on any assignment will be sufficient to fail the course.

Disability Accommodations:
Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to verify the disability and to establish eligibility for accommodations. Students may call 337-482-5252 or visit the ODS office in the Conference Center/Agnes Edwards Hall, room 126. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make appropriate arrangements.

Internet Resources:
I strongly recommend taking advantage of the following resources I have created for you!
My How To Survive Your First Philosophy Course pages contain useful information about how to study for my exams, reading philosophy, taking notes, doing research in philosophy, etc.
My Philosophy 316 home page contains links to the on-line syllabus (which contains numerous links to home pages of authors we'll be reading, readings available on-line, etc.), study aids, and other resources you will find helpful.
All of the above resources are linked from the course home page at:
A Moodle page will also be created for this course.
My home page contains links to all my course home pages, links pages, etc. The address is:

Emergency Evacuation Procedures:
A map of this floor is posted near the elevator marking the evacuation route and the Designated Rescue Area. This is an area where emergency service personnel will go first to look for individuals who need assistance in exiting the building. Students who may need assistance should identify themselves to the teaching faculty.

Course Calendar & Planned Reading Assignments

You should complete each of the readings before they are discussed in class. Some of the readings are difficult, and you may find that you need to re-read them after they have been discussed in class in order to fully understand them.

Note: Assignments, due dates and class procedures are tentative and may change.

Also Note: All readings are available via Moodle.

Topic 1: Moral Reasoning and Ethical Theory

a. Cultural Relativism
“1. Moral Relativism” by Keith Korcz.
b. Understanding Philosophy & Ethics
“2. Philosophy and Moral Reasoning" by Keith Korcz; “Keeping Your Colleagues Honest” by Mary Gentile.

Monday, September 4 - Labor Day - No Classes.

c. The Divine Command Theory & Ethical Egoism
“3. The Divine Command Theory” by Keith Korcz.

d. Utilitarianism, Rights & the Origin of Morality
"4. Utilitarianism” and "6. Moral Rights" by Keith Korcz.
(Note: “5. Theories of Value” is included, but is optional reading.)

Topic 2: Values in the Workplace

a. Work and Well-Being
 “Leisure and Consumption” by Joanne B. Ciulla; “Ethical Breakdowns” by Max Bazerman and Ann Tenbrunsel.


Thursday, October 5 - Friday, October 6 - Fall Holiday - No Classes

b. Corporations & Social Responsibility
"The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Its Profits" by Milton Friedman; "A Stakeholder Theory of the Modern Corporation " by R. Edward Freeman.
c. Some Free Market Values
“Is Inheritance Justified?” by D. W. Haslett.

Topic 3: Moral Failures to Avoid in Markets

a. Markets and Desert

b. Market Failure
“Markets, Property and Power” by Michael Walzer.

Monday, October 16 – Advising for SP18 begins.

c. Worker Abuse
“The Campus Anti-Sweatshop Movement” by Richard Applebaum and Peter Dreier; “The Great Non-Debate Over International Sweatshops” by Ian Maitland; “Occupational Health and Safety” by John R. Boatright; “Employer Proselytization” by Raymond F. Gregory.

d. Harming Customers
“The Ethics of Consumer Production and Marketing” by Manuel G. Velasquez; “Companies and the Customers Who Hate Them” by Youngme Moon; "Information Disclosure in Sales" by David Holley.

e. Undermining Competition
“Ethics in the Marketplace” by Manuel G. Velasquez.


f. Political Corruption
“Democracy, Ltd.” by Joel Bakan.

g. Harms of Advertising
“The Bribed Soul” by Leslie Savan; "Political Economy" by Mark Twain.

Topic 4: Social Justice

a. Differing Theories Of Social Justice
excerpts from The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer; “A Pluralistic Conception of Justice” by Nicholas Rescher; “The Case For Equality: John Rawls” by Michael Sandel; “The Entitlement Theory” by Robert Nozick.

b. Boycotts
“Boycott Basics: Moral Guidelines for Corporate Decision Making” by Mary Lyn Stoll.

Thursday, November 23 - Friday, November 24 - Bad Time to be a Turkey! - No Classes.

c. Whistleblowing
Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty" by Ronald Duska; “Whistleblowing: Professionalism, Personal Life, and Shared Responsibility for Safety in Engineering” by Mike W. Martin.

d. Downsizing
“The Ethics of Downsizing” by John Orlando.



Some Helpful Tips:
1. On class evaluations, students often state that they would tell friends planning to take this class that good class attendance and good class notes are essential to doing well on the exams.

2. Keep up with the readings - they further explain and help you to remember the issues you'll be tested on.

3. If you're having trouble understanding course material, do not hesitate to discuss it with the instructor!

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