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Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate good general knowledge of the major issues in contemporary business and professional ethics
  2. understand the major ethical concepts and theories that inform the business and professional ethics literature
  3. analyse and critically evaluate theories and arguments in the relevant literature
  4. relate ethical concepts and theories to relevant case studies and current events
  5. develop your own view or perspective, through consideration and analysis of views and arguments presented in the subject
  6. develop your skills in clarity of thought, clarity of written expression, and written argumentation.
    • Ultimate Values, Business and the Professions
    • Ethics and the Nature of Moral Reasoning
    • The Social Responsibility of Business: The Narrow View
    • The Social Responsibility of Business: Stakeholder Theory and Economic Justice
    • Ethical Issues in Advertising
    • Business and the Environment
    • Corporate Influence on Government
    • Justice and Globalisation
    • Industry Relations with the Professions
    • Discrimination and Affirmative Action
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PHI230


You must complete some Level 1 studies before starting this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as PHI230 Business and Professional Ethics.

This subject provides students with an introduction to some of the main ethical issues raised by the activities of businesses and corporations as well as an introduction to some central topics in professional ethics. In the first part of the subject we examine the roles and responsibilities of corporations in relation to society and the environment. We ask whether corporations have moral responsibilities to stakeholders other than shareholders and examine competing accounts of economic justice related to this question. Other topics in this section include business and the environment and the ethics of advertising and marketing. The second part of the subject includes a discussion of ethical issues that arise in the context of relations between industry and the professions, focusing on justice in health research and conflicts of interest in medicine. Other topics in this section include ethics and globalisation, the influence of corporations on government, affirmative action, and whistleblowing. This subject is relevant to students in accounting and business as well as those in the humanities and social sciences.

  • Reading Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Reading Assignment 2 (25%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Participation (15%)

Textbook information is pending.

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