Note: This is an overview of Week 6 of my Tiger Law course and the first of several blog posts devoted to Week 6/Module 6 of my business law summer course.
Thus far, my business law survey course has proceeded as follows: first, we watched Tiger King and picked a side: Team Joe or Team Carole (Week 1). Next, we identified the main sources of law–State, federal, and international–that could apply to a roadside zoo like Joe Exotic’s G.W. Exotic Animal Park or to a wildlife sanctuary like Harold and Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue (Week 2). Later, we explored the common law, including torts, property, and contracts (Week 3), as well as the law of ideas, including trademark and copyright law (Week 4), and then we compared and contrasted the civil and criminal cases featured on Tiger King (Week 5). I have, however, saved the best for last. This week (the last week of the course!) is devoted to “Ethics & Morality”, including natural law, business ethics, and the moral status of animals.
But before I provide a general overview of Week 6 of the course and describe the contents of Module 6, you might be asking, Why devote an entire week to ethics? I will tell you why. Simply put, the official title of my course is “The Legal & Ethical Environment of Business,” so ethics is a key part of my survey course and deserves sustained attention. Specifically, my module on “Ethics & Morality” is divided into seven parts as follows:
- Intro Video, Textbook Chapter, & Theme Song
- The Natural Law Tradition
- Theories of Ethics
- The Moral Status of Animals
- Business Ethics (CSR)
- Bonus Section: The Legal Regulation of Sex
- Final Project
In other words, we cover a lot of ground in this module, including not just “business ethics” or corporate social responsibility but also deeper questions like the relation between law and morality as well as some of the major theories of ethics, including consequentialism, Kantian duty ethics, and virtue ethics. Because of my Tiger King theme, we also explore the moral status of animals in light of these theories of ethics. Rest assured, we will delve into the details of the last module of my course in my next few blog posts. In the meantime, below are some screenshots of the homepage of my course for Week 6:
Desktop version (from top to middle):
Canvas App Version (from top to bottom):