Module code: LCBS 3003
This is a course in Moral & Political Philosophy, as applied to the ethical problems faced by business, broadly defined to include private and public sectors. While the course connects individual and corporate ethical behaviour, the main focus will be on the latter. The course is designed to help students 'think for themselves', using ethical theory, and will encourage political and moral debate rather than providing simple answers (hence the need to restrict numbers).
The course begins by grounding students in the basic ethical theories, then focuses on the internal business responsibilities of employment ethics (all taught by module leader), & finally addresses external corporate social responsibility (taught outside HRM).
Part (1) Ethical Principles
Introduction, The Business Case (enlightened self-interest), General ethical theory (Kant & Utilitarianism), Theories of Justice (Rawls & Nozick), the Stakeholder debate (Friedman etc), Rights.
Part (2) Employment Ethics
The Employment Relationship, Unitarism & Pluralism (including trade unions), Employee Voice, 'Fair' Pay, Flexibility & Security, Equal Opportunities.
Part (3) Corporate Social Responsibility
Marketing ethics, Accounting ethics, Green ethics, Ethics & International Business
Tutorials will use planned exercises, debates & case-studies to deepen understanding of the main ethical concepts & their application.
Contact hours per student per year
- Lectures: TBC
- Tutorials: TBC
- Exam: 90%
- Group coursework: 10%