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Module Title LH Global Business Ethics
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 24107
Module Lead Shlomo Tarba
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Guided independent study-77 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-1 hours
Seminar-11 hours
Lecture-11 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description Debates on business ethics are not new, but more recently the subject has attracted the attention of major corporations, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international agencies, trade union federations, consulting firms and global civil society. This module will introduce ideas and controversies that are central to business ethics. In essence, business ethics is concerned with what is considered to be morally right and wrong in terms of the way business conducts itself. This is particularly so, in terms of how the more powerful players – TNCs – impact social and environmental conditions in the countries they source product from and the markets in which they operate. One of the key questions raised in this module is whether business should be held accountable for ethical responsibilities beyond the maximisation of profit, and indeed, whether it is possible to be a business operating in a competitive market and still be ethical.
The teaching sessions will focus on the ethical issues that affect business management in a globalised world. The key objective of the module is to enhance the students’ capacity to recognize ethical dilemmas which such organizations face. Drawing on examples from global businesses, the module will develop the students’ ability to manage the ethical decisions that they are likely to encounter in their professional careers.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • critically analyse ethical issues related to the contemporary power and influence of business and TNCs in particular;
  • critically appraise the political and economic forces which are drivers of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes adopted by business;
  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of ethical issues involved in responding to different stakeholder groups’ expectations, e.g. investors, employees, customers, governments, NGOs and global civil society actors;
  • critically analyse ethical issues in the light of changing systems of corporate governance; self-regulation and legislative systems of control for business.
Assessment 24107-01 : Essay : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1 individual assignment (2,500 words). 100%
Other Duplicate of Dubai-based module 30465
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