Global Business Ethics (GBE)

Course description

In this module, you will be introduced to ideas and controversies that are central to business ethics. In essence the subject of business ethics is concerned with what is thought to be morally right and wrong in terms of the way businesses conduct their commercial practices. The purpose of this module is to encourage students to think ethically rather than encouraging people to become more ethical. This will involve four key elements, essentially: First, a grounding in philosophical ethics using case examples and philosophical mind experiments. Second, to explore the impact using a range of cases on how modern business practices have reshaped the ethical and moral priorities of business people and the originations that they run. Thirdly, an ethical approach will also mean students will examine the consequences of individual and collective decisions. Finally, students will also be encouraged not only to reflect on how the world has gone wrong but also on how to put things right - a consideration of alternative futures for modern economics and business activities.

Intended Learning Outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to outline and critically discuss the role of business ethics in today’s society.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. Identify the key philosophical foundations of business ethics.

2. Explore the emergence of the corporation and how this redefined the ethical priorities of business.

3. Outline the emergence of the corporate social responsibility movement.

4. Discuss the implications of ethics for contemporary business developments.

Judgement and approach

5. Critically evaluate the social, environmental and political impact of modern business.

6. Reflect on the possibilities of business ethics and explore alternative utopian possibilities in the future.

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Course title:
Global Business Ethics
Semester: Spring term 2019
Study period: 4
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Undergraduate level (first cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English

Course code: FE2633



Course coordinator:
Lotta Sondell
Head of course:
Michael Marinetto
Michael Marinetto
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