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TERM:2021-22 Winter
COURSE NUMBER: BUSI 496
COURSE TITLE: Senior Business Project
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Elden Wiebe, PhD
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 3 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides students who expect to graduate with a first concentration in business administration with the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on a project, either a research project or a practicum, which will allow them to pursue some facet of their business studies in a more concentrated way.

Prerequisites: BUSI 471
REQUIRED RESOURCES:
  • Group. 2009. Building Healthy Organizations: Transforming Organizations Through Values Based Leadership. Victoria, BC: Computronix (Canada) Inc. ISBN: 9781426922824
  • Brueggeman, W. 2017. Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now (New Edition with Study Guide). Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN: 9780664263294
  • Keller, T. (with Kartherine Leary Alsdorf). 2012. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN: 9781594632822
  • Marquis, C. 2020. Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN: 9780300247152
  • Van Sloten, J. 2017. Every Job a Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses & Astronauts Tell Us about God. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. ISBN: 9781631465482
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Participation50%
Sabbath Project10%
Vocation of the Business Person20%
Final Exam20%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: To recognize and appreciate the interconnectedness of business with all of life in its vast range of expressions, and thus to gain a broader perspective on business
  • To gain understanding of how the present paradigm/practice of business came about, and how this paradigm is continuing to change
  • To more fully understand how to do business Christianly
  • To recognize and develop skills to connect our work to God’s work
  • To recognize that God is already at work in the workplace, and to see ourselves entering and being part of his work
  • To recognize that we can positively shape the culture of whatever organization in which we are working on the basis of living out our values
  • To begin to develop our own sense of vocation as business graduates
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction to Course
  • How we got here: The Unintended Reformation, Ch 5
  • Two Directions for Capitalism
    • - Surveillance Capitalism: Massey Lectures 2020
    • - Values based Capitalism: Reith Lectures 2020
  • Getting free from life being reduced to the market: Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now
  • Connecting your work to God’s work: Every Good Endeavor
  • Seeing God at work in the world of work: Every Job a Parable
  • John Van Sloten -- Home | johnvansloten Check out his sermons (on Work, Sport, Art, Science, Music, Film and Television, Kids,
    Miscellaneous), and watch one that interests you
  • You can help to make your organization healthy: Building Healthy Organizations
  • New ways of doing business are gaining greater standing in society: Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism
  • Offsite Visit: The Art Gallery of Alberta Need to go on another day (Open Wed, Fri-Sun, 11-5pm; Thursdays 11-7pm)
  • Offsite Visit: The Royal Alberta Museum Need to go on another day (Open Wed-Sun, 10-4pm) $21
  • Final Reflections/Wrap Up


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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