Authors: Delgado, Javier; Gentile, Mary C.; Mazutis, Daina; McMurray, Adela; Montiel, Ivan; Simmers, Claire
Source: Teaching Sustainability Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management 2011
Number of pages: 18
This Values, Ethics and Sustainability course presents the role of business leader as one that connects with sustainability at multiple levels – self, others, the organization and society.
This syllabus was designed by an international, multi-disciplinary group as part of the Teaching Sustainability Professional Development Workshops at Academy of Management 2011 (San Antonio). It was our intent to offer a syllabus that incorporates teaching notes so that the syllabus can be used either as a complete standalone course in values, ethics and sustainability, or where any of the modules could work independently as a way to bring a discussion of values, ethics and/or sustainability into other courses. Furthermore, the modules can be re-arranged in various ways; for example, the syllabus as designed begins with a general overview case/session, but then moves from the individual level to the organizational level, ending with the societal level. However, the instructor may also choose to begin with the “end,” or larger questions about sustainability and society and then move progressively from more macro topics to micro topics in this domain as illustrated in Figure 1 below. The first method allows for the discussion of personal values to weave throughout the course, while the second presents more traditional arguments first and then links this to each student’s individual values at the end. As such, this syllabus offers instructors the opportunity to customize the content as they deem appropriate. To aid in selecting cases/readings/assessment tools etc., the syllabus also contains explicit instructional material that should not be directly disclosed to students, but rather used to help in this customization process.
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