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Global Business Ethics

In essence the subject of business ethics is concerned with what is thought to be morally right and wrong in terms of the way businesses conduct their commercial practices. The overall aim of the course is to outline and critically discuss the role of business ethics in today’s society.

In this course, you will be introduced to ideas and controversies that are central to business ethics. The purpose of this module is to encourage students to think ethically rather than encouraging people to become more ethical.

This will involve four key elements, essentially:

First, a grounding in philosophical ethics using case examples and philosophical mind experiments.

Second, to explore the impact using a range of cases on how modern business practices have reshaped the ethical and moral priorities of business people and the originations that they run.

Thirdly, an ethical approach will also mean students will examine the consequences of individual and collective decisions.

Finally, students will also be encouraged not only to reflect on how the world has gone wrong but also on how to put things right – a consideration of alternative futures for modern economics and business activities.


  • Course structure

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).
    The language of instruction is English.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.
    Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are carried out in English when the language of instruction is English.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course.
    The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Short question and answer task.
    2. Formative Individual Review Essay.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

    See syllabus for reading list
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Michael Marinetto