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Business Ethics

Module code: HRMG 3204

Module description

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.

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 (the opportunity for this to be taught outside HRM is intended in cooperation with the module leader).

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: 22 hours
  • Seminars: 9 hours


  • Group coursework: 30%
  • Unseen exam: 70%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books