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BUS3023 : Business Ethics for Erasmus and SA S1 students (NUBS only)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The overall objective of this module is to provide an in-depth ethical reflection on the relationship between business and society. The module explores the main theoretical perspectives on business ethics. It also addresses the debates around the changing role of corporations in relation to societal challenges (such as human rights).

Outline Of Syllabus

The topics covered in this module include:
-       Introduction to Business Ethics
-       Theoretical perspectives on Ethics
-       The ethics of branding
-       Bureaucracy and business ethics
-       Human rights and corporations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PiP Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading128:0028:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00LIVE online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00LIVE online
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS3017Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will introduce the theories and approaches related to the relationship between business and society. Case studies will be discussed in seminars to develop insight on current issues. Drop-in sessions will be used to discuss the essay preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Individual assignment of 2000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will enable an in-depth investigation of one aspect of CSR and assess the students’ ability to relate theoretical concepts to a practical example.

Reading Lists