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Graduate Certificate in Business Ethics Courses

Required Courses

ETH700 Ethical Issues in Corporate Life

This course introduces principles of ethical thinking and applies them to situations and models for business decision-making. It explores and analyzes business ethics issues relating to the nature of the corporation, work in the corporation, the corporation and society, and the development of the corporate culture. The course provides a conceptual and systematic study of corporate ethics in an effort to develop consistent criteria for business ethics decision-making.

ETH750 Managing Ethics in Organizations

Managing Ethics in Organizations is an executive education course open to Bentley graduate students in which participants will receive practical advice and theoretical tools for creating and managing highly effective ethics programs. In this one-week intensive, students will work alongside seasoned professionals and newcomers to the ethics and compliance field from around the globe. The faculty consists of about 20 of the world’s leading professionals and academics in the field; one Bentley professor, however, will supervise the work of the Bentley graduate students. Each instructor will cover specific topics, ranging from a review of ethical principles to methods for managing ethics investigations. This course, offered once a year at Bentley, is co-sponsored by the Center for Business Ethics and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association.

ETH810 Research in Business Ethics

This course allows students to develop specialized knowledge in business ethics by structuring and completing a faculty-supervised research project. This area of investigation is proposed in writing to a faculty supervisor by the student and must be approved by the supervisor and the program director. Students demonstrate research skills and technical competence through the presentation of a written report outlining the nature and significance of the project chosen and the resulting conclusions. The project may be completed in conjunction with an internship in a sponsoring company that has an ethics program.

Electives (select two)

ETH701 Internship in Business Ethics

This course is a three-credit field-based educational experience for Bentley graduate students that provides the opportunity to (1) observe ethics and compliance practices, (2) apply and test hands-on the ethics/value concepts and methods learned in classes, (3) develop leadership skills, (4) test aptitude and personal preferences for various career directions, and (5) establish a basis for future professional employment. In order to receive academic credit, students must work 12-14 weeks at an organization suitable for the individual student's field learning experience, and complete specific requirements during the internship, demonstrating the ability to apply and integrate business ethics strategies and concepts.

ETH750 Managing Ethics in Organizations

Managing Ethics in Organizations is an executive education course open to Bentley graduate students in which participants will receive practical advice and theoretical tools for creating and managing highly effective ethics programs. In this one-week intensive, students will work alongside seasoned professionals and newcomers to the ethics and compliance field from around the globe. The faculty consists of about 20 of the world’s leading professionals and academics in the field; one Bentley professor, however, will supervise the work of the Bentley graduate students. Each instructor will cover specific topics, ranging from a review of ethical principles to methods for managing ethics investigations. This course, offered once a year at Bentley, is co-sponsored by the Center for Business Ethics and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association.

ETH810 Research in Business Ethics

This course allows students to develop specialized knowledge in business ethics by structuring and completing a faculty-supervised research project. This area of investigation is proposed in writing to a faculty supervisor by the student and must be approved by the supervisor and the program director. Students demonstrate research skills and technical competence through the presentation of a written report outlining the nature and significance of the project chosen and the resulting conclusions. The project may be completed in conjunction with an internship in a sponsoring company that has an ethics program.

IPM723 Information Security, Controls and Ethics

This course presents an overview of information security issues that must be addressed by organizations in today's ubiquitously networked environments. Specific coverage will include information security risks and related protection of data, networks and application software. While the primary focus is on how to protect organizational information assets, other topics will include strategic uses of security in business, the impact of security risk on various industries, as well as the security and privacy rights and responsibilities of end users and home computer operators. The course is designed to help students think critically about the local, national and global information security issues in our highly networked society.

MG630 Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

This course develops a conceptual foundation based on theories of emotional intelligence and interpersonal dynamics as essential elements of the leadership role. It considers such topics as perception, personality and attitudes, interpersonal communication, and relationships. The course applies these models and concepts to behavior in the workplace, especially leadership and other managerial and organizational issues. It enhances emotional intelligence and interpersonal competence by developing key skills, such as active listening, assertive expression and conflict resolution.

MG645 Leading Change

This course seeks to improve participant awareness of change dynamics, including: the changing nature of change; understanding the enhanced change complexities in a global, virtual environment, readiness for a change versus continuous change; and the challenge of building change capacity (skills and capabilities). The course focus includes key individual, group and organization-level factors essential for informing leaders and followers as they navigate change efforts in organizations.

MG661 Global Leadership

This course contributes to the development of knowledge and skills needed to manage effectively in, and with people from, different cultures. Students will develop an awareness of the pervasive and hidden influence of culture on behavior, particularly with respect to management and management practices; become familiar with the types of situations and issues which managers often confront when working internationally; gain an appreciation for the challenges of working virtually with multicultural team members; and gain insights into their own intercultural skills and attitudes. This course is concerned with understanding differences in behavior which stem from diverse national cultures and developing tools for effectively managing those differences. The readings, cases and exercises have been chosen to focus students' attention on effective intercultural behavior – their own as well as that of others.

MG670 Leading in a Diverse Workplace

This course addresses the knowledge, skills and attitudes leaders need to more fully employ all the resources of the increasingly diverse workforce. The course examines the dynamics of different social identities in the workplace, in the context of exploring how people who are different from each other can work together effectively. Investigates the impact of diversity on individuals, groups, teams, and the organization as a whole.