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Undergraduate Course: Business Ethics (BUST10004)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course provides a general grounding in both theoretical and applied ethics in a business context.
Course description The course content is designed around the following components: (i) a perspective on the moral content of managerial agency and corporate impact; (ii) a review and analysis of the range of theories within the field of moral philosophy; (iii) a critical analysis of the economic (markets) and organisational (commercial entities) contexts within which ethical or unethical decision making and practice operates; and (iv) an insight into applied ethics through the analysis of case studies and insights into codes of practice.

Syllabus

- Introduction: Business and Society
- Models of Ethical Decision-making (1): prescriptive theories
- Models of Ethical Decision-making (2): questions of character
- The Manager, the Corporation and Bureaucratic Rationality
- Corporate Governance
- The Corporate Social Responsibility Debate
- Stakeholder Theory and Practice
- International Business
- Reforming the Organisation
- Course Review and Revision

Student Learning Experience

Each two-hour session combines a formal lecture, and the opportunity for discussion within the class.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Business Studies Honours Entry
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Business Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is in the form of a single two-hour degree examination in April/May, and an essay of 2,500 words, submitted at the end of Semester 2. The weighting in terms of overall course mark being, respectively, 70% and 30%.
Feedback Generic feedback on your coursework, together with individual marks, will be available on Learn on DATE (to be confirmed). You will also be able to review your individual feedback electronically via Grademark on Learn from SAME DATE.

Your examination marks will be posted on Learn (together with generic feedback and examination statistics) as soon as possible after the Boards of Examiners' meeting (normally early-mid June). During the summer months (i.e. mid/end June-end August), you may come into the UG Office (Room 1.11, Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place) to look at your examination scripts. Note that you will not be able to remove any examination scripts from the UG Office as they may be required by the Board of Examiners

Continuing students will also be given the opportunity to review their examination scripts early in the new academic year in Semester 1 (i.e. in October).
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and discuss critically the scope and content of ethical theory (including its limitations) and its relevance for diverse institutional and operational business contexts, and individual choice and agency.
  2. Articulate and discuss critically various philosophical principles and theories which underpin conceptions of 'ethical' or 'unethical' behaviour in different contexts.
  3. Apply the theoretical precepts of ethical theory in order to evaluate real-life situations, clarify ethical alternatives, articulate associated moral values and be able to explain techniques of moral reasoning.
  4. Understand and discuss critically the content, objectives and limitations of corporate social responsibility policies.
Reading List
The course is built upon periodical material. Journals most cited are: Business Ethics Quarterly (BEQ), Business Ethics: A European Review (BEER), Journal of Business Ethics (JBE). These can all be accessed via the on-line, electronic journal collection at EUML. Other readings will either be provided as sources to be accessed via the EUML electronic journal collection or be distributed in hard copy during appropriate lectures. Where appropriate additional readings may be posted on Learn.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completing the course students will be able to:
- understand the scope and content of ethical theory (including its limitations) and its relevance for diverse institutional and operational business contexts, and individual choice and agency.
- articulate and discuss critically various philosophical principles and theories which underpin conceptions of 'ethical' or 'unethical' behaviour in different contexts.
- apply the theoretical precepts of ethical theory in order to evaluate real-life situations, clarify ethical alternatives, articulate associated moral values and be able to explain techniques of moral reasoning.
- be aware of the content, objectives and limitations of corporate social responsibility policies.
- understand the relevance of ethical reasoning to one's own professional career.
- develop a greater awareness of cross cultural variations in assessing moral issues through case based discussions with other members of learning groups.
Additional Class Delivery Information The class will meet weekly on Thursdays in Semester 2 from 9.00 am-10.50 am.
KeywordsBE
Contacts
Course organiserDr James Hine
Tel: (0131 6)50 3805
Email: J.A.Hine@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 5009
Email: kimberley.bruce@ed.ac.uk
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