Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

Module code: CORP 3547

Module description

The almost daily reports of corporate wrongdoing have raised serious concerns about the role and responsibilities of business. In particular, it has brought into sharp focus the processes and practices within corporations and how (un/ethical) decisions are made. Recognising that managers shape, and are shaped by, organisational processes this module focuses on responsibility and ethics at both the organisational and managerial level. It will equip students with a sound grasp of key concepts in corporate social responsibility and their application within business practice. It will also explore ethical issues that corporate decision-makers face and the causes and consequences of (un)ethical decision-making.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between CSR and business ethics.
  2. Evaluate different perspectives concerning the value of corporate social responsibility and ethical reflection within business.
  3. Identify and describe key CSR concepts and their application within the business sector.
  4. Understand the main ethical theories and frameworks for the analysis of business and managerial conduct.
  5. Identify, discuss and analyse ethical issues faced by different types of companies and corporate decision-makers.
  6. Evaluate how companies and managers address ethical issues and the impact of decisions made on different stakeholders.
  7. Identify the individual, situational and institutional factors that influence and shape ethical decision- making.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 20 hours
  • Seminars: 8 hours


  • Individual essay: 50%
  • Exam: 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books