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Corporations and Politics BA 4307-002 Spring 2005 Walter L. Sutton, J.D., Ph.D. 972-883-4965 www.utdallas.

edu/~sutton Email through WebCT ONLY Office SOM2.411 Hours: Tuesday 11-12, before or after class, or by appointment

The business world and the political world are intertwined. Each has the power to affect the other to some degree. In this class we will be discussing the power each sector has over the other as well as the amplitude, intensity, and possibility of the consequences of business-political engagements. We will examine historical as well as current political events and relate them to the business world through the use of critical thinking skills. We will also attempt to predict future government, social, and corporate actions. Required reading: 1. 2. Steiner and Steiner, Business, Government, and Society, McGraw Hill, 10th edition. Browne & Keeley, Asking the Right Questions, Prentice Hall, 2003.

Daily newspapers and business periodicals - Wall Street Journal suggested. Grading Policy: Exam I Exam II Homework Case Discussion Participation

25% 25% 25% 15% 10% 100%

A+: 97 and up; A: 94-96; B+: 87-89; B: 84-86; C+: 77-79; C: 74-76; D+: 67-69; D: 64-66; F: Below 60%

A-: 90-93 B-: 80-83 C-: 70-73 D-: 60-63

Homework Your weekly homework assignment is to bring in a current event clipping from a daily newspaper (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, etc.), a business periodical (Business Week, Fortune, etc.) or the internet that directly relates to the topic of the week, for example: ethics, environmental policy, or civil rights. Please attach your news story to another sheet of paper that includes the following: 1. Explaining why this news item is important to business 2. How does it relate to the topic assigned for the week 3. Apply the questions of critical thinking Late homework will not be accepted. Homework is due every week beginning 2/8 except when an exam or presentations are given.

Scholastic Dishonesty Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students who violate the University of Texas at Dallas’ rules on scholastic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. I will strictly enforce the University’s policies. This policy applies to all assignments, whether papers, homework, oral presentations, tests, etc.

Case Discussions Each week, students will be called on randomly to discuss the case assigned for the week. Some case discussions will be role play activities, others will be debates. If you are not present when your name is called, you will receive a zero for this portion of the grade.

Exams The exams will consist of multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank and short essay questions. The questions are primarily from the lectures and discussions.

Class Participation The class participation component means that you must come to class prepared to discuss the assigned reading and the clipping you brought as homework. The assigned seating will assist me in knowing your name and your level of participation in order for you to receive participation credit. I will call on people at random if necessary to make sure that the quiet students have a chance. Email U.T. Dallas provides each student with a free email account that is to be used in communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to forward their U.T. Dallas mail to other accounts. Students may go to the following URL to establish or maintain their official U.T. Dallas computer account: http://netid.utdallas.edu/. Please email through WebCT as I will not reply to non-UTD email addresses. Classroom Rules You are required to attend class. Respect your fellow students – turn off cell phones, no talking amongst yourselves, be on time. This course is discussion driven, so please allow everyone a chance to speak and be heard. No late assignments!

Date

Topic

Steiner/Steiner

Browne & Keeley

Case Assignment

1/11 1/18 1/25 2/1 2/8 2/8 2/15 2/22 3/1 3/8 3/15 3/22 3/29

Introduction

Chapters 1-3 Chapters 4-14

Framework Business Power Corporate Social Responsibility FIRST HOMEWORK DUE Ethics Business in Politics EXAM I Spring Break Multinational Corporations Environmental Policy Consumerism

Chapters 1 & 2 Chapters 3 & 4 Chapters 5 & 6 Levi Strauss

Chapters 7 & 8 Chapter 11

Dow Corning Federal Express

Chapter 12 Chapters 14 & 15 Chapter 16

Union Carbide Johns Manville Advertising Alcohol Drug Testing Adarand v. Pena

4/5 4/12 4/19 4/26

The Workplace Civil Rights/Governance Group Presentations Final Exam

Chapter 17 Chapters 18 & 19

The reading assignment schedule is subject to change.