Course Description

Course Name

Ethics & Business

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

15 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


Course description

The course introduces students to the ethical dimensions of business activities in contemporary capitalism and of competing ethical claims relating to such activities.

Learning and teaching methods

20 hours of lectures (10 x 2 hours)

Course texts

There are a host of texts on ethics and business. The course has no recommended text as no one text covers the course?s contents. However, the following textbooks will be drawn upon to varying degrees during the course. These texts will be placed in the short loan collection of the library.

Crane, A. and Matten, D. (2010) Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

DesJardines, J. (2011) An Introduction to Business Ethics, (4th edition), McGraw-Hill: New York

Griseri, P. and Seppala, N. (2010) Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, South-Western CENGAGE Learning: Andover.

Harrison, M. R. (2005) An Introduction to Business and Management Ethics, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Harrison, R., Newholm, T., and Shaw, D. S. (2005) The Ethical Consumer, Sage: London.


An essay of 2,000 words (30%)
A 2-hour degree exam (April/May) (70%)

*Course content subject to change