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Business Ethics

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N13601

Semester: Spring

Convenor: Martin Schleper

Credits & Level: 10 credits; Level 3

Pre-requisites: None.

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Available to Part II Business School students and Joints/Minor students.

Delivery: 11 one-hour lectures (inclusive of revision lecture); 2 ninety minute seminars and 1 2-hour

Assessment: One 1.5 hour exam (70%); Group Poster Assessment (30%)

Exam Format:Students must answer TWO questions with equal weighting, a compulsory question on stakeholders and a further question from a choice of THREE optional questions.

Summary of Content This module explores business-society relations through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility (BE&SR). The module will consist of two parts. The first part will address the concept of business ethics, a discussion of citizenship theory and the challenges of globalisation and sustainability. It will also look at the normative nature of ethical theories, how business ethics has evolved and prescriptions from theoretical frameworks as to how business should be managed.

The second part of the module will address the issues, impacts of business on individual stakeholder groups and analyse business ethics and social responsibility in relation to each group.

Aims To introduce students to the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility in national and global contexts.

Key Words: Business Ethics; Corporate Social Responsibility; Stakeholder Relations; Stakeholder Theory.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues
  • The development of understanding of the role of CSR policies and business ethics in the modern corporation.
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
  • The ability to create, evaluate and access a range of options, together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of business and other situations.
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetitie for development.
  • People management, to include communications, team building, leadership and motivating others
  • The ability to apply business models to business problems and phenomena
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • An awareness of the interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation and their use in generating business contacts
  • Ability to work collaboratively both internally and with external customers and an awareness of mutual interdependence
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time

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