International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance - 2012

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2012: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2012 Fees
Domestic 1,178.00
Domestic continuing 967.00
HECS 1,178.00
International 1,403.00
International continuing 1,192.00

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This unit enhances awareness of ethical issues connected with international corporate decision-making and provides students with business strategies and frameworks that assist in the analysis and resolution of ethical problems. An analytic section introduces concepts including corporate social responsibility (CSR) and moral decision making processes. A thematic section then covers ethical issues related to the global business system, international management strategies, technology, external and internal stakeholders and corporate governance.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. have acquired knowledge and understanding of concepts and literature that are fundamental to achieving an understanding of International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
  2. use ethical theories and frameworks to analyse ethical dilemmas in international business and resolve practical problems
  3. identify different stakeholders and understand why they may hold differing perspectives on ethical issues
  4. develop logical and coherent arguments to support ethical viewpoints
  5. have enhanced analytical, presentation and professional writing skills through case study analysis, group debates and individual reports
  6. discuss ethical and corporate governance issues among a diverse group of people.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Ethics & corporate responsibility: a stakeholder
2Introduction to moral philosophy
3How ethical is the global economy?
4Ethics, new technologies & GM foods
5Strategic management & business ethics
6International bribery & corruption
7Consumer stakeholders
8The environment as stakeholder
9Corporate responsibility & employees
10Corporate governance frameworks & issues
11International perspectives on corporate governance

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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