Course Description

Study used by both large and small businesses to achieve and maintain compliance with environmental laws and sustainability goals, with an emphasis on companies doing business in the United States. Students learn about regulatory processes that have emerged in the last decade based on environmental and economic disasters caused by business failures. Students learn the value of environmental auditing as a means of identifying compliance and sustainability issues in ongoing business operations and for securing a competitive advantage in a marketplace increasingly populated by sustainability-conscious consumers.

Specifically, students study of ethical decision-making in a business and the regulatory context. Emphasis is placed on theory and practice in the identification, evaluation, and achievement of ethical standards for interacting with co-workers, management of employees, and development and implementation of business strategy. The impact of the external regulatory environment on ethical-decision making is also considered.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Categorize the major frameworks/theoretical approaches to business ethics
  • Compare/Contrast legal and ethical behavior
  • Explain social responsibility and the role of cultural differences in business ethics
  • Analyze the role of ethics in strategic planning
  • Evaluate ethical conduct by applying frameworks/ethical approaches  (including Ethical Cycle) to business ethics in different business situations



Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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4:00PM to 6:00PM
Apr 04, 2023 to May 30, 2023
Web-based Instruction
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Web-based Instruction
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (2 units) $400.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
2 units
Section Notes

Late Registrations Notice: 

Self enrollment will be available until 11:59PM PT of the second business day after the 1st class session (i.e. If the first class starts on Thursday, self-enrollment is open until the following Monday at 11:59pm).  If you wish to enroll after that time, please contact PaCE Support at help@professional.ucsb.edu

Students must have a UCSB NetID to access their online course.  If you do not already have a UCSB NetID, you will receive an email with instructions on how to create a NetID within one business day of late enrollment.  All students with a UCSB NetID will be added to the online course within two business days of late course registration. Students will then be able to access their course at gauchospace.ucsb.edu.

Steps to Enroll

How to Access Your Online Course:


One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Required Textbook(s):
Students are required to purchase the textbook(s) below prior to the first class meeting. Textbooks can be purchased from the vendor of your choice. TBD

No refunds after 04/16/23
A minimum $40 non-refundable administrative fee per course is charged for all drops. See the full Drop Policy here.