Only available to Business School students. Optional module for Computer science and Management (Part II) and Maths and Management (Part II)
11 one-hour lectures (inclusive of revision lecture); 4 one-hour seminars
90 minute individual exam (60%); Group Poster Assessment (40%)
2 questions from choice of 5, with equal weighting
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.
To introduce students to the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility in national and global contexts.
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 business policies and strategies to meet stakeholder needs within a changing environment.
The importance of sustainability issues, including an understanding of the challenges and opportunities arising from the activities of people and organisations on the economic, social and environmental conditions of the future.
The development of understanding of the role of CSR policies and business ethics in the modern corporation.
Intellectual skills This module develops:
The cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, including the ability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, to detect false logic or reasoning, to identify implicit values, and to define terms adequately and to generalise appropriately.
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:
The ability to apply business models to business problems and phenomena.
Self awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues.
The ability to conduct research into business and management issues, either individually or as part of a team, including a familiarity with a range of business data and research resources and appropriate methodologies.
Transferable (key) skills This module develops:
Effective oral and written communication skills in a range of traditional and electronic media.
Learning to learn and developing an appetite for reflective, adaptive and collaborative learning.
The interpersonal skills for effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation.