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MGMT 533 : Social Responsibility, Ethics and Law

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Social Responsibility, Ethics and Law
This course emphasizes understanding the complex regulatory and legal setting surrounding management. The federal acquisition regulations and how they affect all projects, such as legal responsibility and accountability, ethical considerations within and external to the organization, the internal environment and how it may affect projects are discussed. Regulatory controls and constraints on managerial decision making in areas such as occupational and environmental safety and discrimination in the workplace are included, as are other safety and security issues of which the manager should have knowledge.

This course is designed to enhance the student’s effectiveness as a manager by deepening their understanding of legal and ethical constraints on management. In particular, the course will assist the student in recognizing the general compatibility of business success and ethical behavior. The student will be exposed to or gain knowledge of legal sources affecting regulation, concepts of liability and contract formation, labor relations issues, ethical decision-making, and safety and security issues in the workplace. Students will learn the genesis of law, how it is shaped by societal expectations, and how competing policies form law to meet needs of evolving technologies, business, individuals and society.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify legal issues in the context of a business decision, and prioritize the necessity of seeking competent legal advice in response to the issue.

2. Evaluate the basic principles of the United States’ legal system, from the U.S. Constitution through statutes and regulation, including dispute resolution options and processes, and the ethical and legal environment in which business transactions are completed. Discuss the court system, the legal process, and how legal sources affect regulation.

3. Evaluate how substantive law and the public interest in ethical practices are linked to regulations and ethical expectations. Distinguish and contrast the concepts and procedures between criminal sanctions and civil liability.

4. Explain the contract formation process (i.e., offer, agreement, and consideration), as well as issues of contract performance and remedies.

5. Describe available business structure options, such as partnerships and corporations, and the various aspects of agency.

6. Discuss major federal laws regulating employee rights and treatment/welfare, including discrimination, environmental matters, and workplace safety and security.

7. Explain key labor relations issues such as at-will employment, union organizing, unfair labor practices, and the collective bargaining process.

8. Articulate an understanding of the function of statutes and regulations as accountability structures and constraints upon management with a view to implementing policies compatible with those structures and constraints.

9. Evaluate the ethical and legal rights and duties of present or future business owners, consumers and workers.

10. Analyze the performance of the regulatory apparatus surrounding business.11. Assess how government policy towards business is formulated and influenced by economic, social, and political considerations.

12. Analyze how ethical viewpoints and legal environments vary across different cultures and countries, and how they evolve chronologically.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Aaron Springer - 2/11/2015
Timothy Holt - 2/11/2015
Dr. Aaron Glassman - 2/11/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/11/2015
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