Course Description

Course Name

Business Ethics

Session: VPRF3121

Hours & Credits

3 US Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Previously PHIL 310 (same content)

This course focuses on the importance of ethical perceptions and corporate social responsibility as an inevitable factor in business. As a discipline, Business Ethics has considerably grown within the last decades and has become a major field in the age of globalisation. It refers to values-based conduct, which does not only apply to individuals but to corporations.

A fundamental feature of this course is its ONLINE training component. Students will have the unique opportunity to work virtually - individually and as a team - as if they were in a real-world corporate setting. We will use blackboard (BB) as a platform, and students will find all the instructions for their online work on BB. The online component is worth 50% of each student's overall grade. In today's world it is an asset to engage in virtual collaboration and a definite sales pitch for your future job applications. Virtual collaboration is now required by all major companies worldwide.

We will use a case-study approach, in conjuction with role-plays, debates and presentations to highlight the issues at hand. As a consequence of the nature of the material, we will adopt a group approach is presentation of solutions to the problems assigned. Teamwork as well as individual preparedness will be critical in successfully accomplishing the tasks required. The cases covered will be :
- Introduction & Perspective
- Differences between moral/legal/conceptual/utilitarian/individual/corporate issues
- Ethics in Finance - specific practices - encouragement or bribery
- Monopolies & oligopolies
- Environmental issues - corporate vs consumer responsibility
- Employment & the workplace - discrimination ; harassment ; pressure
- Child labor & forced labor
- Conclusion

Business Ethics, Concepts and Cases, Manuel G. Velasquez, 6th edition, Pearson Education

50% of the final grade will be made up of a class participation (20%), a group project (20%), a mid-term exam (30%) and a final examination (30%).

*Course content subject to change