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Business Ethics

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Module Convenor:  Robert Caruana

Module Content:
This module examines businesses from an ethical perspective. In particular, it explores the existence of corporations in liberal democracies, and ethical concerns surrounding multinational corporations and globalization. Further to this, the module examines human rights; environment ethics; consumerism; and corporations as political actors, and as sites of political action. The main concepts and theories underpinning the business ethics field will be introduced, and you will have the opportunity to use these in understanding business related issues. Teaching will consist of a mixture of lectures, case studies, exercises, discussions, and multi-media. Considerable emphasis will be placed on student participation in class, with the aim of promoting ethical reflection on the many important issues that surround business-society relations. Ultimately, the aim of the module is to enable you to recognise and reflect upon ethical problems with a view to enhancing your analytical and decision-making skills.

Module Aims:
This module aims to provide students with knowledge of ethical issues involving business. In particular, it aims to provide students with knowledge regarding the existence of corporations in liberal democracies, and ethical concerns surrounding multinational corporations and globalization. Further to this, the module aims to develop the capacity of students to critically engage with issues of human rights; environmentalism and sustainable development; consumerism; and the role that corporations play in politics. Ultimately, the aim of the module is to enable students to recognise and reflect upon complex ethical problems with a view to enhancing their analytical and decision-making skills.

Module Assessment:
Individual Coursework (3,000 word essay) (60%); Group Presentation (20 mins plus 10 min Q&A) (40%)


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Nottingham University Business School

Jubilee Campus
Nottingham
NG8 1BB

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