Foundations of Business Ethics - MAN00021C

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Miss Sinead McCotter
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module summary

To introduce students to the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility in national and global contexts and the personal, ethical dilemmas, which people in organisations can face within such contexts.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

To introduce students to the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility in national and global contexts and the personal, ethical dilemmas, which people in organisations can face within such contexts.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:

Identify the central claims, arguments, problems and solutions to be found in contemporary ethical business discussions

Develop abilities to interpret, synthesise and criticise ethical positions and debates from literature

Present and critically assess arguments in a clear and rigorous way

Undertake independent work, including identifying and using appropriate resources and referencing formats

Develop appropriate ethical academic written skills including how to structure an essay and how to reference appropriately

Module content

Employability and Transferability Outcomes

By the end of this module students should have achieved:

Knowledge and understanding in the:

Challenges and opportunities arising from the activities of people and organisations

Economic, social and environmental conditions which influence future business decisions

Development of appropriate and ethical business policies and strategies to meet stakeholder needs within a changing environment

Role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and business ethics in the modern corporation

Process of academic referencing

Intellectual skills including:

Cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis

The ability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence

Detection of false logic or reasoning

To create, evaluate and access a range of ethical options within a given context

Application of ideas and knowledge to a range of business and other situations

Professional practical skills including:

The application of business models to business problems and phenomena

Self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues

Transferable (key) skills including:

Communication skills (oral and written) in a range of electronic and business media

Reflective, adaptive and collaborative learning

The interpersonal skills for effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay : Case Study Critique
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay : Case Study Critique
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be written:

Annotation of the submitted student work

Structured feedback sheet – aligned with marking criteria

Feed-forward session

Indicative reading

Crane, A. and Matten, D. (2016). Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization. Oxford.



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