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Business Ethics

This subject is available under ICMS undergraduate degrees, please click the button below to find an undergraduate course for you.

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Subject Aim:

You will examine various moral frameworks that promote and lead to decisions, particularly business related ones, including that of the perspective of all stakeholders to a decision. During this subject you will explore several ethical perspectives and their implications for a range of key business functions and contexts. The subject aims at developing your ability to evaluate the relative arguments and the interests these stakeholders represent.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify ways in which an organisation can improve its ethical practices and the matters that present ethical elements for further consideration.
  2. Recognise what differentiates the ethics of a personal dilemma and those underpinning a business matter.
  3. Apply what comprises an ethical decision, not only in terms of a methodology but of the principles that frame it.
  4. Critically analyse the relationship between all parties, be they shareholders or stakeholders.
  5. Critically examine, from an ethical viewpoint, the implications of managerial decisions.
  6. Develop a methodology that ensures an organisation is more ethical in its conduct and makes decisions with greater confidence and capability.

Student Assessment:

Exams will take place in weeks 12 & 13. Please refer to the official Exam Timetable for further information. You are required to prepare for assessments by reading the subject matter in subject notes, handouts and readings. Class work and practical application of theory assist in reinforcing the importance of this subject’s topics.