Module Title:   Ethics in Business and Society

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   MAN0812M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Management

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Management

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr Hugh Lee

Additional Tutor(s):   Professor Nancy Harding

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide an understanding of the philosophical and sociological context of business ethics. To introduce students to some of the most prominent ethical frameworks which can be used to analyse policy and practice in contemporary business organisations.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
In this module you will have 12 x one hour lectures delivered to everyone once per week. These will provide an overview of ethics generally and applied ethics (in this case applied to the world of business) in particular (LOs 1a, 2a and 3a). You will also have 3 x two-hour tutorials, that is one every third week. You will prepare for these by reading materials on a specific ethical theory to assist you to answer multiple choice questions on the content in iRAT and tRAT tests in the first hour and use the knowledge you have gained to discuss and provide a considered response to a case study scenario as a team in the second hour (LOs 1a, 1b,1c, 2a,3b and 3c). The formal assessment for the module is in two parts each amounting to 50% of the overall mark for the module. The first part is an essay of 1,000 words where you will present your own summary and evaluation of one ethical framework (LO 2b) The second part of the assessment is a one and a half hour exam (LOs 1b,1c, 3a, 3b and 3c) in which you will answer two questions.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   81.50           
Seminars/Tutorials:   5.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   1.50          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1) understand the nature of the moral issues and arguments raised in the module; 2) show you know and have thought about business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

understand the importance of corporate social responsibility for organisations and managers in the contemporary workplace.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1) use moral philosphy to answer questions of an ethical nature facing business and society more generally; 2) apply ethical arguments in an informed way to clarify issues of right and wrong, good and bad practice; and 3) consider and reflect on questions of an ethical nature and employ creative thinking to formulate appropriate solutions.

  Examination - closed book 1.50 50%
  Closed book examination
  Coursework   50%
  Individual assignment of up to 1000 words

Outline Syllabus:
Introduction to Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Introduction to ethical theory.
Utilitarian ethical theory.
Deontology and Kantian ethics.
Care ethics and feminine ethics.
Virtue ethics:
Shareholders as stakeholders.
Employees as stakeholders.
Consumers as stakeholders.
Suppliers and competitors as stakeholders.

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