Credit Value: 20
Module Coordinator: Dr Lila Skountridaki, Management, Work & Organisation Division
Contact Hours: 30 hours
Assessment: 40% Examination, 60% Coursework (individual assignment with group work)
Business organisations play a critical role in the social, political and economic domains of any society. In modern economies, business interests exert an increasingly pervasive influence on a broad range of values, norms, standards and expectations. There is no denying that business organisations are powerful, but many questions remain as to the legitimacy of such power. This module aims to explore these questions through a systematic and holistic approach to issues of business ethics and responsibility.
The module investigates the challenges which business organisations face in contemporary economies with regards to their moral and social contribution. It critically engages with practices and discourses on responsible business and social responsibility, and explores topical ethical issues facing businesses and employers. The module also engages constructively with the dynamics of community development through alternative modes of economic organisation, and considers factors which enable the growth and development of economic and social agents within work organisations. Students will reflect upon conceptual material informing ethical inquiry, and critically assess contemporary examples of (un)ethical business models and activities.
The module aims to enable students to understand, evaluate, apply and critically reflect upon various dimensions of contemporary business practice, including:
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
Griseri, P. and Seppala, N. (2010) Business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Andover: South-Western/Cengage.
Hoffman, W.M., Frederick, R.E. and Schwartz, M.S. (2014) Business ethics: Readings and cases in corporate morality (5th edition). Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
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.