Professor and Head of Management Area; Director, Center for Integration of Business Education & Humanities
College of Business
STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
COURSE AT A GLANCE
This course combines critical thinking, discussion of moral values, and ethical considerations applied in a business setting. Discussions include real business cases, narrative film adaptations of some real cases, and films depicting fictional scenarios. A simulated situation as presented in a narrative film and supported by research from the humanities, adds to experiential learning, emphasized in contemporary business education. Students have to engage their capabilities in the following ways: (1) critically evaluate the product (film) in terms of its artistic creativity versus its business goal and ideological propagation; (2) discuss the ethical situation and actions depicted in a film by using different normative ethical positions; (3) evaluate one’s moral beliefs by imagining oneself in the fictional role presented in film. Since nowadays we live in an ever increasing virtual environment, prevalent with visual tools, using narrative film as a source for analyzing business decisions seems a worthwhile approach.
"This engaging course draws on Stony Brook University’s excellence in STEM and humanities to emphasize contemporary ethical issues in business and society. Ethical behavior and critical thinking are core learning objectives in our College of Business curriculum. Professor Jadranka Skorin-Kapov brings her unique background in mathematics, art, and philosophy to enliven the classroom through memorable films and dynamic scenarios that bring moral dilemmas to life and give our students a lasting foundation for ethical practice."
- Manuel London
Dean, College of Business, Stony Brook University
Dr. Skorin-Kapov has three PhDs: in Operations Research, in Philosophy, and in Art History and Criticism. She founded and directs the Center for the Integration of Business Education & Humanities (CIBEH). Skorin-Kapov has over seventy scholarly publications in Operations Research and is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including five National Science Foundation grants, a Fulbright Award, and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. She authored the monograph entitled "Darren Aronofsky's Films and the Fragility of Hope," a book on the phenomenology of surprise entitled "The Aesthetics of Desire and Surprise: Phenomenology and Speculation," and a book on the aesthetics-ethics interactions entitled "The Intertwining of Aesthetics and Ethics: Exceeding of Expectations, Ecstasy, Sublimity." Skorin-Kapov currently works on the book “Professional and Business Ethics through Film: The Allure of Cinematic Presentation and Critical Thinking” under a contract with Palgrave Macmillan.