2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
LISS1043 Ethics for Business and Society
10 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Stacey Mottershaw
Taught: 1 Jul to 31 Aug View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsGPA of 2.8 (US) or equivalent and enrolled at a university
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryHave you ever wondered about the true purpose of business? Is it purely to maximise profit, or are there other reasons we may want businesses to succeed? Do businesses have a duty to benefit society, or is their only purpose to benefit shareholders? How does this impact on real life business decisions? How does this impact on you, the consumer? You will consider real world case studies outlining some of the ethical challenges faced by businesses and society. Ethical theory will include consequentialist theories such as utilitarianism and deontological theories such as Kantian ethics. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing business in modern society, from managing a complex supply chain, to considerations of sustainability.
ObjectivesThrough participation in this module, students will develop a broad understanding of the range of issues that businesses and society face in the 21st century, alongside practical skills in decision-making and the application of ethical theories to real-world problems.
By the end of this module, students will be able to:
1. Identify ethical issues across a range of business sectors.
2. Analyse and critically evaluate key ethical issues using a range of relevant ethical theories, synthesising information gathered from a variety of sources.
3. Reflect upon and articulate their own ethical position.
Indicative list of topics:
- The purpose of business
- An overview of key ethical issues in business
- Ethical theories, e.g. Utilitarianism and Kantian ethics
Case studies will cover a range of issues and sectors, which may include engineering, healthcare, charity and sustainability, amongst others.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||15.00|
|Private study hours||43.00|
|Total Contact hours||42.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study15 hours preparatory work before the course starts (materials available on Minerva). This includes:
• Reading one introductory text and making notes in response to set study questions.
• Watching an introductory video for the course and making notes in response to set study questions.
43 hours of private study during the module. This will include:
Reviewing and consolidating notes made during seminars (8 hours).
Reading and preparation for seminars (10 hours).
Research and completion of the portfolio (25 hours).
The module will also include a field trip to support module content.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback Observation of student participation in seminar discussions and in-class group tasks.
Formative feedback on portfolio entries at the end of week 1, enabling the module leader, as well as the students themselves, to become aware of strengths or weaknesses in students’ learning.
One-to-one discussion with the tutor during the tutor’s office hours.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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