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New Graduate Business Program Learns from Prisoners

The John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is offering a new experiential course, Reclaiming the Human Spirit: Prison Experience & Learning from White Collar Offenders, where MBA students will study corporate fraud issues while increasing their ethical awareness.

Through hands-on experiences such as meeting white-collar offenders and their victims, attending U.S. Court proceedings, visits to prison and halfway houses, and interacting with probation office staff, the students will have the opportunity to understand corporate fraud from a variety of perspectives.

The goals of the course, led by Nitish Singh, Ph.D., director of program innovations and associate professor of international business at the Cook School, are to sensitize MBA students to the consequences of ethical wrong doing and breaking the law, the impact of white collar crime on society, the importance of ethics and morality, and the Idea of reclaiming the human spirit and empathy toward others. MBA students will also develop materials to help offenders learn important business and life skills.

“The course is hands-on and brings the effects of corporate fraud to life,” said Singh. “Our students will better understand why ethics in business and compliance is crucial, and what happens when there are breakdowns in the system.”

The course is offered in partnership with the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Missouri) and the Saint Louis University Prison Program, directed by Kenneth Parker, Ph.D., associate professor of theological studies.

The Saint Louis University Prison Program is a Jesuit inspired initiative that provides education to prison staff and people incarcerated in Missouri, promotes service, and conducts research on education and incarceration.

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