Incorporating Sport into the Business Ethics Segment of the Course By Adam Epstein Key Words: teaching, pedagogy, business law, ethics, Enron, whistleblowers, code of ethics, sport, sportsmanship, coaching contracts, Jim Harbaugh, morals clause, loyalty clause, termination clause, contract-based approach, social media, fraud, tanking, academic dishonesty, student code of conduct
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to demonstrate a way to teach ethics by incorporating sport into the ethics segment of a business law, introduction to business or other law-related course. Utilizing sport is one way to engage students when teaching law, especially at the undergraduate level. At the conclusion, I emphasize how ethics directly applies to them as students by showing them excerpts from the student code of conduct. More specifically, my learning objectives in this lesson are as follows: 1) To introduce the role and importance of ethics and codes of ethics within an organization; 2) To offer that ethics can be utilized via a contract-based approach to allow an employer to terminate the employment relationship if necessary or appropriate; 3) To provide examples of real-world contract clauses which demonstrate how ethics can be memorialized in the employment contract; 4) To increase an awareness and understanding from an historical perspective of the failure of ethics in business; and 5) To identify specific examples from a student bulletin and student code of conduct that demonstrate ethics permeates the university-student relationship.