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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MAN6068
Tracking Number - 2909

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-12-20
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved by USF STPT 10/29/12. to USF Sys 10/29/12; Cleared. SCNS approved effective 1/1/13. Numbr 6704 apprd as 6068

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-08-22
  2. Department: Management
  3. College: BP
  4. Budget Account Number: 140100
  5. Contact Person: Alison Watkins, Associate Dean, USFSP COB
  6. Phone: 7278734086
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MAN
  9. Number: 6068
  10. Full Title: Social Issues in Management
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Social Issues in Management
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: Admission to USF Graduate School [Graduate Standing (GS)]
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: An examination of issues that impact the moral and legal behavior of organizations and their stakeholders, including management, shareholders, unionized labor, white collar workers, suppliers, customers, consumers, and the environment.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The course is offered once a year and has high enrollment, about 40-45, which is high for a graduate class. It is a popular elective within the USFSP MBA program. As a course emphasizing business ethics it is within the MBA mission of corporate social responsibility.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A Ph.D in a business-related field and either evidence of academic research or substantial involvement in professional management.
  29. Objectives: 1. Critically assess sharply opposing viewpoints on issues that impact organizations and society

    2. Differentiate between empirical evidence and assumption, bias, and opinion

    3. Synthesis of positions on issues identifying and clarifying personal values, attitudes and beliefs

    4. The ability to speak comfortably in front of others, especially about critical issues.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course the student should be able to:

    (1) give an critical appraisal of a company's ethical conduct when facing a moral dilemma

    (2) present differing points of view regarding company actions on ethical issues; and

    (3) differentiate between empirical evidence and opinion when formulating arguments.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Executive Compensation

    2. Government Bailouts of Industry

    3. Regulation of Financial Markets

    4. The government's role in job creation

    5. Global corporations and their impact on society

    6. Foreign trade and its impact on society

    7. The federal deficit and its impact on society

    8. Healthcare reform

    9. Income inequality

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Variable, based on current topics when course is offered.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Class Participation - 10%

    Debate I - 20%

    Debate II - 20%

    Book Analysis - 20%

    Examinations - 30%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Variable, depending on current issues. For Spring 2012:

    1/12: Course Introduction. Overview of the Mortgage and Financial Crisis

    1/19: The Real Estate Crisis: Who is to Blame?

    1/26: Executive Compensation: Team Debate

    2/2: Government Bailouts: Team Debate

    2/9: Regulation of Financial Markets: Team Debate. Also Exam 1 during second half of class.

    2/16:Government's Role in Job Creation: Team Debate

    2/23: The Global Corporation: Team Debate

    3/1: Trade Between the U.S. and China: Team Debate. Also Exam 2 during second half of class.

    3/8: Movie: The Inside Job: Discussion and Debate to Follow

    3/15: Spring Break. No Class

    3/22: The Debt Crisis: Team Debate

    3/29: Healthcare Reform: Team Debate. Also Exam 3 during second half of class.

    4/5: Immigration Reform: Team Debate

    4/12: Income Inequality: Team Debate

    4/19: Class Discussion of Assigned Texts: Term Paper Due

    4/26: Discussion: What is the Role of Business in Society?

    5/3: Exam 4

  36. Attendance Policy: Mandatory attendance. The instructor reserves the right to lower the student's course grade if unexcused absences are significant. Absences due to religious observances are excused based on university regulations. Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Dependent on Instructor Policy. Make-Up Policies will be subject to university regulartions on academic integrity. Academic Integrity assumes that students complete and present work that represents their own efforts and that they represent the efforts of others accurately and fairly. Cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, forgery, obstruction, multiple submissions, complicity, and other misconduct in research and creative endeavors including computer misuse and misuse of intellectual property will not be tolerated. Definitions of these acts can be found under University of South Florida Regulation Number USF3.027.
  38. Program This Course Supports: USFSP MBA Program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Graduate programs in Business Administration

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