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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Business Ethics
Module Code TP511
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Bert Gordijn
Semester 2: Bert Gordijn
Autumn: Bert Gordijn
Module TeachersBert Gordijn
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Presentation of new paper

This module is designed to provide course participants with the necessary conceptual tools to analyse ethical dilemmas in the world of business at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It will train and enhance students’ skills in applying ethical theories to a wide range of business ethics topics. Course participants will examine the core concepts and methodologies of the field of study of business ethics and learn how to apply ethical decision-making models to real cases of business decisions. Additionally they will critically discuss issues such as stakeholder theory, corporate social responsibility and the nature of capitalism. The following are some of the questions that will be addressed during the course: • What are the different ethical frameworks to analyze and solve dilemmas? • What is the purpose of the firm? Shareholder or Stakeholder value creation? • What are the limits between a fair marketing strategy and consumers’ deception? • What are the boundaries of CSR in international business? Through active participation in class discussions, team-work and individual presentations, participants will improve their capacity of ethical analysis, appreciate different perspectives and practice and sharpen their writing and communication skills. Finally, students will be encouraged to examine one particular business ethics issue in depth in their final paper.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of relevant ethical principles and values in contemporary business.
2. Apply a range of appropriate ethical theories, value systems and principles in order to elucidate ethical issues in modern-day business.
3. Display a critical understanding of business organizations’ corporate social responsibility in general.
4. Critically analyze business organizations’ impact on and responsibility towards a variety of stakeholders in particular.
5. Apply and appraise appropriate ethical decision-making models to explore various resolutions to ethical problems in business.
6. Construct reasoned arguments for a justified course of action in ethically difficult cases.
7. Give evidence of an in-depth ethical analysis of one particular business ethics issue by completion of a paper

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture2No Description
Class Presentation6Preparation for individual presentation
Independent Study2.1No Description
Assignment Completion15Preparation for Assignment
Independent Study10No Description
Total Workload: 35.1

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Business ethics

Framing business ethics: corporate responsibility, stakeholders, and citizenship

Evaluating business ethics: normative ethical theories

Making decisions in business ethics: descriptive ethical theories

Managing business ethics: tools and techniques of business ethics management

Shareholders and business ethics

Employees and business ethics

Consumers and business ethics

Civil society and business ethics

Government, regulation, and business ethics

Conclusions and future perspectives

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayA 5,000 word formal essay providing in-depth analysis and discussion of one particular business ethics issue concerning a specific industry, corporation or stakeholder group.80%Sem 1 End
Laboratory PortfolioActive and constructive engagement in each class discussion and team work.10%Every Week
PresentationIndividual presentation of a paper10%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • The following will be recommended to course participants as core texts for the module: 0, :,
  • Andrew Crane, Dirk Matten.: 2015, Business ethics - Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization, Fourth, Oxford [Oxfordshire]; Oxford University Press, 9780199697311
  • Audi, Robert: 2008, Business Ethics and Ethical Business, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Fisher Colin, Lovell Alan: 2009, Business Ethics and Values, 3rd edition, Pearson Education Limited, Essex,
  • Jeurissen, Ronald: 0, Ethics & Business, Royal Van Gorcum, Assen,
  • May, Steven K, George Cheney, Juliet Roper: 2007, The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility, Oxford University Press, New York,
Other Resources

30066, Webpage, 0, Student Reading, http://global.oup.com/uk/orc/busecon/business/cranebe3e/01student/reading/,
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