Business Ethics

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business Ethics

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Business Management, Ethics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    36 200-level points from Commerce Schedule C

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Ethical issues in business including ethical theory and reasoning, nature and evolution of the business system, internal and external constituencies, and an examination of ethical functioning in business.

    This paper examines ethical issues in business with the aim of providing students with the tools to evaluate and resolve such issues from day-to-day managerial decisions and actions to the global issues facing business and society.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Heavy emphasis on individual preparation for seminars, group discussion and feedback.

    Course Structure
    The paper covers two key areas of contemporary business ethics:
    Organisational ethics - normative ethics, ethical dilemmas and ethical decision-making at the individual and organisational level
    Institutional/structural ethics - examining and evaluating ethical issues raised in the context of social practices, institutions and economic systems that shape the relationship between business, society, the environment and people

    Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this paper, you should be able to:
    - Make ethical decisions
    - Identify how ethical decisions affect various stakeholders
    - Use a variety of philosophical frameworks to explore ethical issues
    - Discuss the implications of some of the major ethical issues facing business and society

    Joanne B. Ciulla, Clancy Martin & Robert C. Solomon (2014), Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader, Oxford University

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