CEE Courses



This class examines the role of entrepreneurship in today’s business environment and the special challenges faced when developing, starting and growing an entrepreneurial organization.

Special attention is paid to exercises and activities that help the student develop a business plan for an idea of the student’s choosing.

Topics covered include research perspectives on entrepreneurship, developing a business plan, tying a business plan to present and future operations, and how entrepreneurs approach work and management.

See the Entrepreneurship course flyer [PDF]. Watch a brief video introduction to the course here.

Business and Economic Ethics

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Through readings and cases, moral issues encountered in economic life are studied.

Topics include the profit motive, justice, business-consumer relations, employer-employee relations, corporate responsibility, private ownership and public interest, advertising, and resolutions of disagreements. Watch a brief video introduction to the course here.

Capitalism in the Modern World

What is capitalism? Is capitalism moral? In this course we read and discuss major pro-capitalist and anti-capitalist writers.

We study the competing theories about what capitalism is; the moral debates over liberty, equality, and justice; the debates over capitalism’s historical connections with the Industrial Revolution, whether it sped up the elimination of slavery or slowed it down and whether it improved or made worse the status of women; and the debates over globalization’s effects. See the Capitalism course flyer and watch a brief video introduction to the course here.

Entrepreneurship and Ethics

The purpose of this course is to integrate entrepreneurship, business history, and business ethics. It will consist of case studies of major entrepreneurs in modern history, e.g., Commodore Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Samuel Insull, John Johnson, Martha Stewart, Bill Gates, and others.

Part of each case study involves learning the entrepreneur’s business practices and how he or she achieved business success. What traits and practices did they have: intelligence, risk-tolerance, leadership, ambition, ruthlessness?

And part of each case study will involve learning about the ethical controversies their activities generated: Were they “predatory competitors,” “monopolists,” “robber barons”—or were they extraordinarily productive individuals who benefited both themselves and their customers?

Students read and analyze business histories and biographies by both proponents and detractors.

Watch a brief video introduction to the course here.

CEE Supporting Courses

American Economic History

An examination of the historical development of the American economy. The development, maturation, and alteration of capitalism will be the focus of the course. Topics emphasized include capital formation, industrialization, entrepreneurship, and the evolving relationship between the public and private sectors.

Watch a brief video introduction to the course here.

Government and Business

The growth of government influence in the economic sector from both theoretical and historical viewpoints. Particular emphasis is placed on antitrust activity, government regulatory agencies, government prohibition of activities, and government run economic enterprises.

Political Philosophy of the American Revolutionary Era

AmericanRevolutionthumb What was the political philosophy of James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Mason, Benjamin Franklin, and the other Founders? How did that come to be the philosophy of the founding era—What role did the theories of Locke, Sidney, Montesquieu, and so on play? What role did popularizers play, e.g., Trenchard and Gordon with their Cato’s Letters? Watch a brief video introduction to the course here.

Sports Ethics

Why are sports so universally popular? What physical and psychological values do they provide? Does the playing of sports develop good character? Why are many sports fans so fanatical? What is the proper place of sports in higher education? Is there anything wrong with ticket-“scalping”? How should mega-sports complexes be funded—politically or through the market? In this course we consider a range of ethical, political, and economic issues about sports. See the Sports Ethics course flyer [PDF]. Watch a brief video introduction to the course here.

See also: Rockford University Class Schedule

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