2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin

Business Ethics and Legal Studies

Office: Daniels College of Business, 687
Mail Code: Daniels College of Business, 2101 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-3213
Web Site: https://daniels.du.edu/business-ethics-legal-studies/

Certificate in Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

As a joint offering between the Daniels College of Business and the Korbel School of International Studies, this certificate focuses specifically on the challenges and opportunities businesses confront in a globalized and developing world.

A certificate in Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) will enable students to leverage the unique course offerings at Daniels and Korbel to learn about theory and practice related to economic development, business ethics, CSR strategy, social entrepreneurship, business and human rights, sustainability, impact investing, as well as considerations with regards to hard and soft law mechanisms that govern transnational space. These courses will give students the practical content they need to embrace and navigate the complexity of business and governance issues.

Certificate in Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

This certificate program is reserved for students who are enrolled in a master's level degree within the Daniels College of Business or the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Those who have been accepted to a master's level degree are eligible to pursue this certificate program.  Interested students should contact the Student Services department in the Daniels College of Business at GradBus.Advising@du.edu.  Students should complete a certificate form no later than six months prior to their graduation so the certificate may be formally declared and added to the student’s record.

Certificate in Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

Program Requirements

Coursework Requirements

Required Courses12
BUS 4445International Business: Strategy and Practice4
or INTS 4029 International Business: Strategy and Practice
BUS 4444Global Bus, Governance & CSR4
or INTS 4459 Global Business, Governance & Corporate Social Responsibility
INTS 4324International Political Economy4
Elective Courses12
Choose a minimum of 12 credits from the following list. Students must complete one elective outside of their primary college:
MBA 4130Corporate Financial Reporting 22
MBA 4170Navigating the Global Economy2
MBA 4230Managing Cost Information 22
MBA 4280Mastering Managerial Financial Competencies I 22
MBA 4285Mastering Managerial Financial Competencies II 22
LGST 3600Business and Global Values4
ACTG 4610Financial Accounting and Reporting 14
FIN 4630Managerial Finance 14
LGST 4700International Law4
FIN 4700Topics in Finance4
MKTG 4705Topics in Marketing4
MGMT 4700Topics in Management (NGOs & Business, Intro to Management Consulting)4
BUS 4700Special Topics in Business (Global Corruption)4
FIN 4180Global Finance2
INTS 4210Multinational Corporations4
INTS 4330International Business Transactions4
INTS 4339Microfinance, Financial Inclusion and Inclusive Markets4
INTS 4549Managing Microfinance: Balancing Business with Development4
INTS 4566Global and Sustainable Development (Case of Coffee & Chocolate)4
INTS 4653Political Economy of the Resource Curse4
INTS 4622Global Governance4
INTS 4710Topics in International Studies4
INTS 4972Global Environmental Governance4
Total credits required:24

Minimum number of credits required: 24


LGST 4198 E-Commerce Law and Ethics (4 Credits)

The changes in technology and business over the past 20 years have been dramatic and far-reaching. Navigating the even more astonishing changes in the future requires some perspective on the developments of the recent past. How did we get to where we are? What technological, economic and political forces have generated the current state of e-commerce? How are these forces likely to change into the future? What are the basic features of e-commerce as its exists today?.

LGST 4550 Business Law for Accountants (4 Credits)

This course provides students with a detailed review of the legal considerations in forming, operating, and dissolving the most common forms of business entities: partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. The rights, duties and liabilities of the managers, owners and accountants (internal and external) of these entities are extensively examined. The course also provides an overview of federal securities laws impacting these organizations. Prerequisite: ACTG 4620 or BUS 4620 or LGST 2000 (concurrent registration OK).

LGST 4700 International Law (4 Credits)

Offers both an introduction to public international law (the rights and duties of states and intergovernmental organizations [IGOs]) and to private international law (the rights and duties of individuals, businesses, and non- governmental organizations [NGOs] in their international affairs). Majority of course devoted to key international issues of business law and public policy such as alternative dispute resolution (ADR), privatization, intellectual property, international sales, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, trade (GATT and WTO), and the international facilities that deal with the adjudication and resolution of legal issues related to business.

LGST 4701 Topics in Ethics & Legal Study (1-5 Credits)

This course examines complexities, paradoxes, and dangers of leadership. The platform for the course is a Core Leadership Model (and logical deviations from it) which can result in Great Leadership. At the heart of Great Leadership one finds a values base. Through in-depth analysis of the key dimensions of the Core Model and its accompanying deviations, participants gain a deep understanding of - and practical experience with - Values Based Leadership in today's world.

LGST 4730 Values Based Leadership in Practice (4 Credits)

The course examines the complexities, paradoxes, and dangers of leadership. The platform for the course is a Core Leadership Model (and logical deviations from it) which can result in Great Leadership. Through in-depth analysis of the key dimensions of the Core Model and its accompanying deviations, participants will gain a deep understanding of - and practical experience with - Values-Based Leadership in today's world.

LGST 4740 Science & Mgmt. of Org. Ethics (4 Credits)

This course examines our knowledge regarding ethical decision making and behavior in organizational contexts. The course also explores the implications of such knowledge for effectively creating and managing ethical organizations. The course will be conducted as a graduate seminar with students playing a central role in identifying topics, researching content areas, and deciding on course outcomes. We will examine conceptual and theoretical models of ethical behavior in organizations, research empirical studies, and develop managerial implications. The overarching goal is to increase knowledge and understanding so as to strengthen capacities to be ethical leaders and managers. Prerequisite: BUS 4100. Non-business students may take the course with permission.

LGST 4760 CEOs and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)

In the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank laws, corporate governance has become a compelling issue for business students and executives. Corporate board members and leaders of institutional investors share their insights concerning corporate governance from strategic, financial and legal perspectives. CEO/board dynamics are explored, along with leadership development and executive succession policies. The roles of major board committees, such as the audit, compensation, nominating, and legal compliance committees are given special emphasis. Board responsibilities in corporate crises and re-structuring are examined, along with the legal liabilities of executives, board members, and the corporation. Public policy pressures on corporate governance, including the roles played by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory bodies are discussed, along with the responses by business organizations, political interest groups, and self-regulatory bodies. Shareholder activism and litigation, along with pressures from other corporate stakeholders are also emphasized in the course. Examples of topics include corporate scandals, executive compensation, global corporate governance systems, and governance reforms. Students engage in a number of case analyses over the course of the quarter, produce a four-part case study, and discuss actual real world solutions with business leaders who have been involved in the issues. Cross-listed with ACTG 4760.

LGST 4780 Leadership, Teams & Values (4 Credits)

This course is designed for Daniel Scholars (who have completed the first quarter of their MBA program including Value Based Leadership) to provide both challenging intellectual discussion and physical engagement around the fundamental ethical dilemma of competition and/or cooperation. The venue for the course is Harbor Island, San Diego, California, and the adjacent waters of San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Both traditional classrooms and the untraditional learning environment of the off-shore sail boat provide the context of dynamic learning about values, teams and self. Prerequisite: BUS 4100.

LGST 4790 Entrepreneur & Family Business-Organization, Governance Ethics & Leadership (4 Credits)

This course covers the most current legal and ethical issues involving the creation of value, strengthening and growing family businesses through the process of best practices in business governance, coupled with ethical conduct and values based leadership, and legal compliance. Cross listed with LGST 3790. Prerequisite: BUS 4100.

LGST 4980 Internship (1-5 Credits)

LGST 4991 Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

LGST 4992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)

LGST 4995 Independent Research (1-10 Credits)


John Holcomb, Professor and Department Chair, JD, Georgetown University

Corey Ciocchetti, Associate Professor, JD, Duke University

Paula Holt, Teaching Associate Professor, JD, University of Denver

R. Hutton, Professor, Emeritus, PhD, University of Florida

Bruce Klaw, Assistant Professor, JD, Harvard University

Albert Kovacs, Teaching Assistant Professor, JD, Duke University

Libbi Levine Segev, Teaching Assistant Professor, JD, University of Denver

Donald Mayer, Teaching Professor, JD, Duke University

Kevin O'Brien, Associate Professor, JD, University of Denver

Tricia Olsen, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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