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JST 604 - Business and Workplace Ethics

 

The issue of business ethics has been prominent in the news recently because several large American corporations have been accused of serious fraud violations. Jewish law contains a great deal of discussion concerning business practices and business ethics, and the current climate is an especially urgent one in which to study these sources (in English translation.) The primary focus of this course is to study Biblical and Rabbinic sources and analyze how issues of business ethics develop historically in Jewish legal texts. Some topics for discussion include: honesty in business; honest merchandizing; business fraud in Jewish law; labor law; competition; fair profits; loans and interest; insider trading; and health and safety issues. (Classical/Modern)