Business and Professional Ethics

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business and Professional Ethics

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Business, Ethics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The area of business ethics is becoming of increased importance in the corporate world today. Many business practices are now regularly the focus of media attention, including the use of sweatshop labour, environmental damage and, in more recent times, corporate tax planning. This module will introduce students to the principles of business ethics with a focus on the practical implications of business ethics on businesses and their various stakeholders. Students will discuss and debate the underlying role and responsibility of a business in society while also looking at case studies on various ethical issues. An introduction to several ethical theories will be used to provide students with a foundation on the various perspectives underlying business ethics and apply these to various practical business situations. The rising area of ethical consumerism will be discussed along with the impact globalisation is having on ethical practices in business. The module will also introduce students to the area of professional ethics. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify the relevance and practical application of business and professional ethics in the working world;
    2. Recognise the increased responsibility of businesses to various stakeholders
    3. Understand the various normative ethical theories and how these can be useful when examining business issues
    4. Apply an ethical decision making framework to various practical business situations
    5. Identify the main ethical issues that can arise when dealing with various stakeholders of a business (e.g. customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees)
    6. Understand the rising role of ethical consumerism and its impact on business practices
    7. Illustrate an awareness of the impact of globalisation on business issues
    8. Recognise the importance of professional ethics and the structures in place across various professions

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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