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ELE 3710 Business and Professional Ethics

ELE 3710 Business and Professional Ethics

Course code: 
ELE 3710
Department: 
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Haavard Koppang
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor - Electives
Semester: 
2021 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Business and professional ethics as a course topic 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, business ethics invites a constructive and critical look at business professional roles, business practices, and other business school disciplines.

The course emphasizes work with cases and it reflects that the subject business and professional ethics should be a field of good listening, reflection, discussion and critical thinking. For a first impression, watch perhaps a popular presentation of what the field is about such as the one by St Gallen university: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0NkGtNU_9w or search on your own for online presentations of business ethics and/or of corporate responsibility

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completing the course, students should:

  • Know the most important terminology, theories and authors' names within normative ethical theory and descriptive business
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of chosen approaches
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing the course students should:

  • Be able to apply concepts and theories fruitfully and critically, to business ethical and professional ethical problems in the literature, as well as in real business and business school life
  • Be able to draft and organize work with real moral conflict situations in business contexts
  • Be able to identify ethical aspects in other business school subjects
  • Be able to ask critical questions about such theories and about business practices 
General Competence
  • Ethics means reflection about complexity, dilemmas, questions of right and wrong, in this case in business and professional contexts 
  • After completing the course, students should have acquired a reflected attitude when it comes to their own morality, i.e. have developed personal morality and a sense of social responsibility as a business school graduate 
  • Also, and not the least, students should have acquired an ability and a willingness to follow up words with deeds, never forgetting that business ethics is about the wise and responsible balancing of business and non-business considerations
Course content
  • Why moral conflict cases are ubiquitous
  • Cases sorted by fields, with debriefing and discussion: human resource management ethics, marketing and PR ethics, professional ethics, environmental ethics, cross-cultural business ethics
  • Business and professional ethics, additional topics and approaches
  • Business ethics and corporate responsibility, structured by different kinds of stakeholders
  • Business ethics as a research and a teaching discipline
  • Different approaches to moral philosophy.
  • Thinking beyond moral conflict cases: business ethics as professional ethics
Teaching and learning activities

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.

Each student is expected to write a short diary of their own 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.

No specified computer-based tools are required, but the course exploits and refers to useful web-based resources.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the course as a whole. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At re-sit all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

All critical information about course contents and course organisation are shared on the learning management system, accessed via @bi

Qualifications

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Required prerequisite knowledge

No special prerequisites.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
ELE37101
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
60No1 Semester(s)Group (3 - 3)In special cases, term paper groups can consist of two individuals or of interrelated individual papers.
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
ELE37101
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20No20 Minute(s)Group (3 - 3)In special cases, term paper groups can consist of two individuals or of interrelated individual papers. Pre-recorded presentations are possible and sometimes even invited.
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation and discussion
Exam code:
ELE37101
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20No -Individual Individual participation can be covered either by a book chapter presentation (or of a similar text), or by writing a term paper review. Students are expected to show up for at least 80% of all class sessions.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (3-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:In special cases, term paper groups can consist of two individuals or of interrelated individual papers.
Exam code: ELE37101
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:20
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (3-3)
Duration:20 Minute(s)
Comment:In special cases, term paper groups can consist of two individuals or of interrelated individual papers. Pre-recorded presentations are possible and sometimes even invited.
Exam code: ELE37101
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation and discussion
Weight:20
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: -
Comment:Individual participation can be covered either by a book chapter presentation (or of a similar text), or by writing a term paper review. Students are expected to show up for at least 80% of all class sessions.
Exam code: ELE37101
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching on Campus
30 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
30 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
20 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
70 Hour(s)
Write term paper, individual and group work together
Submission(s)
20 Hour(s)
Assignments and indiv feedback
Group work / Assignments
30 Hour(s)
Other group work during and in addition to class , e.g. related to presentations
Sum workload: 
200

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.