Business Ethics & Social Responsibility


Teaching Hours and Credit Allocation: 18 hours, 4 credits
Course Assessment: Coursework



This course examines ethical issues in the context of business theory and practice as well as the nature, history and current status of social and environmental responsibility. The most important aim is to thoughtfully examine ideas and perspectives in the field of business ethics and to extend these ideas/perspectives to administrative practice and decision making. It also places social responsibility in the broader context of corporate governance, and students will be exposed to the many debates in this area that date back thousand years.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • The importance of social and environmental responsibility
  • The place of social issues in corporate management
  • How a company can have an ethical stance
  • The pressures on companies to become more ethical
  • Identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Make effective judgements of the value of social and environmental responsibility
  • Current issues companies are facing
  • Putting ethics into practice in firms



  • Issues of Social and environmental responsibility
  • Ethics and business
  • Justice and economics systems
  • Corporations and morality
  • Safety, risk and environmental protection
  • Marketing, truth and advertising
  • Information technology, ethics and business
  • Workers’ rights and duties within the firm
  • Accounting, finance, corporate restructuring and ethical investing
  • Moral issues in international business