REL 219/SOC 219 - Business Ethics and Modern Religious Thought

When: Seminar (once per week)
Faculty: David W. Miller, Ph.D., dwm@princeton.edu, T: 609-258-6956.
Contact: Office hours by appointment at 5 Ivy Lane, Suite 301
 

Course Objective and Description

The course objective is to learn basic ethical theory and develop practical tools for business ethics, with particular attention throughout the course to the role of religion and spirituality in ethical formation, frameworks, and decision making. This will be applied to contemporary business ethics case studies and situations drawing on real-time news stories and visiting CEOs.

The underlying assumption of the course is that modern religious thought, whether consciously or not, often influences and in some cases underpins business ethics. Students will be exposed to the resources of religious thought (with particular attention to the three Abrahamic traditions), as well as the conflicts and other issues that may arise as a result of religious thought applied to contemporary ethical situations in the workplace.

Having some previous study in philosophy, ethics, or religious thought, and/or interest in business and marketplace issues is helpful but not required. Having a personal religious conviction or spiritual orientation is not required for the course; having respect for those who do is.

Over the term, students will become aware of the resources of various religious traditions, and develop their own ethical framework to engage such contemporary workplace issues as: company codes of ethics; executive compensation; diversity and inclusion programs; whistleblowing; cheating; bluffing/lying; sexual ethics; and non-profit ethics.

Laura Berry, retired Executive Director of ICCR with David Miller and students

David Miller with Laura Berry

ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility)

John C. Bogle '51, Founder of Vanguard with David Miller and students

Jack Bogle'51 founder of Vanguard with David Miller and students at Princeton University

France West, IBM's Chief Accessibility Officer with David Miller and students

France West IBM Chief Accessibility Officer with David Miller and students at Princeton University

James Forese, President Citigroup, CEO ICG with David Miller and students

 James Forese, President Citigroup, CEO ICG with David Miller and students at Princeton University