Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Business Ethics and Governance

Course summary

Course code: BUSI1594
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: International Bus and Economics
Course Coordinator(s): Emanuele Lobina


Pre and co requisites



The aim of the course is to examine the principles and practice of business ethics, CSR and corporate governance. The three themes will be explored within the context of culture and cultural differences, thereby enabling students to consider the international dimensions of the debates surrounding the three themes.

The specific aims of the course are to:
Develop learners' understanding of the frameworks of corporate governance;
Equip learners with a set of tools to identify and manage relevant stakeholders;
Develop an understanding of how the interests and potentially conflicting interests of stakeholders can be managed or reconciled;
Promote learners'awareness of the main ethical and social concerns about business;
Enable learners to identify and critically assess ethical dilemmas in organisations from different perspectives;
Develop among managers who appreciate the importance of behaving sustainably.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
Understand the structures, actors, economic forces and legal frames involved in corporate governance;
Identify and analyse different stakeholders (internal and external) at the national and global levels;
Analyse and articulate the ethical implications of business policies and decisions;
Understand the importance of different perspectives of corporate social responsibility and accountability in the business world;
Make informed, practical judgments based upon knowledge of sound ethical principles and motivations.

Indicative content

Module 1 - Corporate Governance: introducing the concepts:
Structures of corporate management and control.
The 'rules' within which an organisation must operate.
Module 2 - Corporate Stewardship:
The role of senior management in the effective administration of organisations.
The operationalisation of strategic management.
Module 3 - Risk Management:
Key issues in the nature and management of economic, legal and social risk.
Module 4 - Stakeholders:
Identifying internal and external stakeholders.
Managing the complex and dynamic relationships between organisations and their stakeholders.
Module 5 - Business Ethics and CSR: introducing the concepts:
The relevance of Business Ethics and CSR.
Module 6 - Ethical theories in the business context:
Normative ethical theories.
Descriptive ethical theories.
Module 7 - Managing for Business Ethics and CSR:
Business ethics, CSR and organization.
Business ethics, CSR and HRM.
Business ethics, CSR and marketing.
Module 8 -CSR and Business Ethics in a globalized world:
CSR and new opportunities: Social Entrepreneurship.
Investing in ethical ventures: the case of SRI.
Business ethics and CSR in MNEs.

Teaching and learning activity

• Lectures, where the main theories will be discussed and presented.
• Tutorials, where the theories will be applied through case studies, debates and group activities.
• Research activities, in preparation for assessment.
• Self-managed learning, in preparation for tutorial activities and lectures.
• Self-reflection, on the main issues covered during the course and their implications.
• Peer-review activities, both online and offline to share knowledge and establish a community of learners.
Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)
Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits.
Lectures 16;
seminars 32;
supervised practical sessions 0;
Tutorials 0;
formative assessment 0;
other scheduled time 0;
Group Presentations 0;
Revision 120.
Guided independent study:
Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 160;
Independent laboratory work 0;
other non-scheduled time 80;
Placements & year abroad:
Work placements 0;
Work based learning 0;
Year abroad 0;
Other placement 0.
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 300.


Individual Portfolio - 100%
5000 words.
An individual portfolio summarising the activities of tutorial tasks and regular group and individual tasks and concluded by an individual reflective essay.
Pass mark - 40%