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UNCP 5535 Capstone: Business as a Calling (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar explores the question of business as a calling, as an activity that yields great personal satisfaction quite apart from the money it brings. Is business a noble activity or is it a crass but necessary pursuit? How does the economist’s model view business? How is it viewed by society at large? Does a view of business as a calling help us to bridge the spiritual and the temporal? Does it have a positive impact on relationships with family and with community? For an economy to work, do we need moral and political capital as well as economic capital? Do we need spiritual and social capital? If so, how do we sustain these, or rebuild them if they are eroding, or develop them if missing? Does how we look at business make a difference? Can we reconcile corporate scandals and vast inequality with a view that business is a noble pursuit? Finally, does our continued susceptibility to financial crises force us to rethink our understanding of the virtues of capitalism.


Instructor(s): Harold Petersen

Prerequisites: Seniors only.

Cross listed with: ECON4435

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.


Last Updated: 27-Mar-15