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Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
4
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
2 year, 1 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course provides contemporary business ethics and CSR knowledge and skills which is required by every manager: 1) good knowledge of basic ethical theory (utilitarianism, deontology) as well as CSR and sustainability concepts and ability to apply it to various business dilemmas; 2) understanding of psychological and situational reasons for unethical decisions and ability to work with these factors in practice? 3) ability to design and use of mechanisms of managing ethics in the market (competition, state and self-regulation) and in the company (compliance systems and sustainability management). The course will include several intercampus activities where students of various campuses will work together online: 1) role games simulating decision-making and communication in the real companies, 2) debates and critical discussions of the moral dilemmas and challenges from contemporary business agenda. The course will be taught with collaboration of Russian Business Ethics Network: 1) guest lectures of RBEN members (directors of ethics and sustainability from leading Russian companies), 2) collection of RBEN teaching cases (the most recent and relevant practical material in business ethics and CSR).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Good knowledge of basic ethical theory (utilitarianism, deontology) as well as CSR and sustainability concepts and ability to apply it to various business dilemmas.
  • Understanding of psychological and situational reasons for unethical decisions and ability to work with these factors in practice
  • Ability to design and use of mechanisms of managing ethics in the market (competition, state and self-regulation) and in the company (compliance systems and sustainability management).
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To argue about vital ethical issues using sound theory and strong logic instead of emotions and conventional moral.
  • To manage CSR behavior of your company using modern concepts and instruments (designing ethical codes, measurement and management systems for ethical conduct, preparing social reports)
  • To resist from making an error in a situation of ethical choice and persuading others from making it.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Deontology
  • Normative Business Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Evolutionary Ethics and Business Behavior
  • Virtue Ethics as Character Development
  • Why People Make Evil Choices
  • Regulation of Ethics in the Market
  • Managing of Ethics in the Company
  • Managing of Sustainability in the Company
  • Real World Cases in Business Ethics
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar Participation (Discussions, Quizes, Cases)
  • non-blocking Essay Writing (team work)
  • non-blocking Online Test
  • blocking Exam
    Exam is held as a written test (30-50 closed-ended questions) based on all course issues and materials.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
    0.3 * Essay Writing (team work) + 0.3 * Exam + 0.2 * Online Test + 0.2 * Seminar Participation (Discussions, Quizes, Cases)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • David M. Wasieleski, & James Weber. (2019). Business Ethics: Vol. First edition. Emerald Publishing Limited.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cam Caldwell. (2020). Business Ethics: Perspectives, Management and Issues. Nova.