Responsible Business in Society

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Module Co-ordinator

Dr Lila Skountridaki





Credit value


Contact hours

25 hours


Assessment is 100% coursework


This module is designed to introduce students to a broad range of critical material on the role of business in society, and to critically reflect upon the contemporary challenges to business practice emanating from the social and environmental responsibility agenda. The module provides students with an overview of the key actors and debates in ‘business ethics’, with a view to developing an in-depth, multi-level analysis of management and organisational processes and practices in today’s global economy. The module addresses the context and scope of ethical issues in business and critically examines contemporary perspectives on responsible business practice. It helps module participants to identify and respond to moral dilemmas at the workplace and supports them build resilience against moral challenges often faced by employees, managers, or business owners/entrepreneurs.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module it will enable students to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the theories and concepts of business ethics and social responsibility.
  • Critically reflect upon the external and internal factors that influence and shape responsible business practice.
  • Examine contemporary ethical issues in business practices in a global and interconnected setting.
  • Examine contemporary ethical issues in business practices at the organisational level.
  • Appreciate the broader social and political environment in which business operates.





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