BUS 100: Business and Society

BUS 100-K02: Business and Society
(Spring 2023)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G203

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Section Information for Spring 2023

Course Description:


Business and Society is a multidisciplinary course that provides students with a foundation for understanding the role of business in society, the social context of business, and the relationships among individuals, institutions, and businesses.

This Mason Core Course develops critical thinking and writing skills by analyzing the role of business in contemporary society through a historical lens. Students will gain an understanding of the conflicting pressures that various stakeholders place on businesses to balance financial returns, sustainable business practices, and other positive societal impacts. Through structured learning activities (case studies, video lectures, quizzes, discussion prompts, and written assessments) students will examine how different stakeholders negotiate collective solutions to pressing problems and the consequences when they fail to do so.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss different perspectives about the relationship between business and society over time and their impact on business practices

  2. Analyze the interdependent relations among firms and their

  3. Evaluate the dynamic relationship between government and business and the implications for other

  4. Assess opportunities and challenges businesses face in creating value for stakeholders through social responsibility, ethical behaviors, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability frameworks.

  5. Apply appropriate communication and analysis skills across settings, purposes, and Included in these are sets of critical skills that improve a student’s marketability:

    • Listening carefully and actively

    • Reading profoundly and for retention

    • Reasoning to analyze critically

    • Engaging in structured conversations

    • Writing with clarity and insight

    • Speaking clearly and effectively to any audience

    • Working collaboratively with partners, in a group, or leading a team.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Provides students with a foundation for understanding the role of business in society by exploring the nature and history of business enterprise, the social context of business, and the interaction of individuals with business by selecting current events in business and analyzing the content as well as the impact of the reported activities. A third attempt will require academic advisor approval. Limited to two attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Degree status.
Registration Restrictions:

Students with the terminated from BU major attribute may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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