APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2012/2013
ELE 3710 Business and Professional Ethics
Responsible for the course
Department of Strategy and Logistics
According to study plan
Language of instruction
Business and professional ethics as an academic field has two main functions. On the one hand, ethics is potentially helpful when it comes to analyzing, handling and preventing moral conflict cases in business contexts. On the other hand, it invites a critical look at business professional roles and at business practices. The course emphasizes work on cases and reflects that the subjekt business and professional ethics is (should be) a field of listening, reflection and discussion (rather than a preaching discipline).
The following lines can serve as a first step-by-step presentation: "Ethics" most often refers to a domain of inquiry, a discipline, in which matters of right and wrong, good and evil, virtue and vice, are systematically examined. "Morality", by contrast, is most often used to refer not to a discipline but to patterns of thought and action that are actually operative in everyday life. In this sense, morality is what the discipline of ethics is about. And so business morality is what business ethics is about" (source: K. E. Goodpaster).
After completing the course, students should:
On completion of the course students should:
No special prerequisites are required.
Crane, Andrew, Dirk Matten. 2010. Business ethics : managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalization. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press
Collection of articles:
Brinkmann, J., ed.. 2010. Texts in Business and professional ethics. Handelshøyskolen BI. A few additional texts will be made available for free via It's Learning
Brinkmann, Johannes. 2008. Ubehagelig næringslivsetikk : en essaysamling. Licentia forlag
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Learning process and workload
The students are expected to document their learning process across various assignments and in a minimum diary (see below). The work on the term paper begins typically two weeks after the start of the course, at the latest.
Recommended workload in hours:
Students must write a short diary of one's learning process, covering each class meeting typically with 3-5 lines. This diary must be available as a basis for a short conversation with the instructor in the periphery of a class meeting.
The final grade in the course is based on the following activities and weighting:
1) A term paper in groups of 2 or 3 students, accounts for 60 % of the grade in the course
2) Group presentation in class, accounts for 25 % of the grade in the course
3) Individual participation/assignment, accounts for 15 % of the grade in the course
ELE 37101 - Process evaluation, counts 100% towards the final grade in ELE 3710, 7,5 credits.
Examination support materials
All support materials are allowed.
A re-sit is held in connection with the next scheduled exam in the course.
Students who are taking new exam must take the course all over including all the activities on which the evaluation is based.
The term paper topic is either chosen by the group members and approved by the lecturer, or chosen from a lecturer's list which will be made available in the third session the latest. The max term paper length is 15x350 words; contents, abstract and necessary appendices are permitted in addition.
The group presentation is peer-graded, but the lecturer has a veto right
The additional text selection is updated once a year and preferably available online instead of in paper.
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