Courses of Study 2023-2024 
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Courses of Study 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ILROB 4760 - Morality at Work


Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

V. Bohns.

In this course, we will review fundamental principles of moral psychology and apply these principles to organizational contexts. Drawing from real-world cases, such as the Ford Pinto recall (1978), the “McLibel” case (1997), and the Enron scandal (2001), we will explore questions such as: How do organizations balance concerns with social responsibility and profit? What psychological biases contribute to organizational corruption? How do you create an ethical organizational culture? Course materials will consist of a mix of primary research papers, popular media articles, cases, and multimedia content.

Specific topics and broader conceptual questions include:

  • Evolutionary perspectives on morality (Are we hardwired for morality?)
  • Moral emotions (Why are we literally disgusted by immoral behavior?)
  • Moral conviction (Why is it so difficult for liberals and conservatives to see eye to eye?)
  • Taboo tradeoffs (Why isn’t there a free market for organs?)
  • Morality in marketing (What responsibility do advertisers have to the public?)
  • Moral licensing (How do we justify unethical behavior?)
  • Money, power, and morality (Do money and power corrupt?)

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