This page focuses on the course 15.270 Ethical Practice: Leading Through Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and System Design as it was taught by Dr. Leigh Hafrey in Spring 2016.
This course introduces seminar participants to aspects of ethics in business, with a focus on general management. Students explore both the philosophy driving ethics and the daily challenges that managers face; they also engage with the subject with guest faculty and business and other professional practitioners. Individual sessions take the form of moderated discussion, with occasional short lectures from the instructor.
Course Goals for Students
- Explore three ever-wider circles of ethical complexity: 1) individual and professional commitments; 2) the rights and responsibilities of corporations; and 3) the social and ethical underpinnings of business as an activity
- Define terms central to each of these circles
- Conduct a brief historical assessment of business and capital in the early 21st century
Below, Dr. Leigh Hafrey describes various aspects of how he teaches 15.270 Ethical Practice: Leading Through Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and System Design.
Every spring semester
The students’ grades were based on the following activities:
Instructor Insights on Assessment
Dr. Leigh Hafrey shares his insights about providing students with feedback.
Breakdown by Year
Mostly graduate students
Breakdown by Major
Mostly Sloan MBA students
Typical Student Background
Many students come to the course with experience in the non-profit sector.
How Student Time Was Spent
During an average week, students were expected to spend 6 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
- Met 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session; 13 sessions total.
- Individual sessions took the form of moderated discussion, with occasional short lectures from the instructor.
- One session included a panel on Business and the Professions.
Out of Class
- Team writing assignments
- Individual paper