Frontiers of Business Ethics: Moral Choice in Business Practice (expired)

SOL10 Frontiers of Business Ethics: Moral Choice in Business Practice (expired)

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    Frontiers of Business Ethics: Moral Issues in Business Practice is a business ethics course that aims to promote ethical reflection and practical decision making. The course aims to (1) give students an knowledge-based understanding of practical ethical issues and dilemmas in business, (2) develop their understanding of relevant theoretical foundations, (3) promote the analytical skills needed to reason around these issues, (4) provide conceptual and analytical frameworks for practical decision making in business ethics, (5) develop students´ ethical sensitivity and practical wisdom, and (6) stimulate group work competence and the ability to argue for one´s position in ethically relevant cases. The course will have a balanced approach between ethical reflection and moral judgment based upon concrete, real-life, practical cases.

    - Values and choice

    - Ethical decision making

    - Personal and professional responsibility

    - Stakeholder management and problem formulation

    - Corruption and whistle-blowing

    - Fair Trade

    - Virtue and happiness

    - Economy and Ecology

  • Learning outcome

    Knowledge - The candidate...

    has broad knowledge of important topics, issues, processes, tools and methods within Business Ethics

    is familiar with new and interesting research in Business Ethics

    can cultivate his/her knowledge in Business Ethics

    has knowledge of the distinctive character and place of Business Ethics in society

    Skills - The candidate...

    can apply academic knowledge and relevant results of research to practical problems and make well-founded choices

    can reflect upon his/her own academic practice and adjust it during the dialogues with costudents in groups and in the auditorium

    can find, evaluate and refer to information and scholarly subject matter and present it in a manner that sheds light on the problem

    masters relevant tools, techniques and forms of communication

    Competence - The candidate...

    has insight into relevant professional ethical issues

    can plan and carry out varied assignments and projects alone or as part of a group, and in accordance with ethical requirements and principles

    can communicate important subject matters such as models, problems and solutions, both in writing and orally, as well as through other relevant forms of communication

    can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing to the development of good practice

  • Teaching

    Three teaching hours per week. The course pursues a pedagogical goal of maximizing learning by deploying a student-oriented teaching methodology, opening for interactive feedback, dialogue, and discussion with the students. The course uses a casuistic method where practical examples and moral dilemmas form the basis for individual assignments and classroom dialogue. Paradigmatic and issue-intensive cases will play a major role in the pedagogical method.

  • Required prerequisites


  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    Overlap with VOA021. Students will not get credit for both courses.

  • Requirements for course approval

    80% class participation.

  • Assessment

    Home exam (5 days); start at 9.00 Day 1 and deadline day 5 at 14.00

  • Grading Scale

    Grading scale A - F.

  • Literature

    Laszlo Zsolnai (Ed.) 2013. Handbook of Business Ethics. Ethics in the New Economy (Oxford: Peter Lang)

    Selected articles (will be made available online)


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