Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Introduction to Ethics and Society

Course summary

Course code: SOCI1116
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Literature, Language and Theatre
Course Coordinator(s): Simon Dye


Pre and co requisites



The course aims to introduce students to the notion of ethics and the consequences that ethical considerations have for both organisations and individual stake-holders within society. The course considers the theoretical underpinnings of ethics as well as how the ethical stance that organisations and individuals take impacts on the organisation, the individual and on society more widely. A range of contexts and a number of issues will be considered such as sustainability, whistle-blowing, advertising and genetic modification. The course will also help students develop transferable skills for future study or work in a range of areas, raising awareness of and developing a range of both academic and life skills including research skills, problem solving and analytical skills

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Demonstrate raised awareness of the meaning of ethics and its importance within a range of contexts, including Business, Politics, Education, Law, Computing, Medicine and the Media
2 Recognise the implications for different stakeholders of operating ethically within the work place
3 Express this knowledge and understanding clearly in writing and orally
4 Access, read and engage with a range of relevant sources of information, including books, newspaper articles, audio visual resources and material from the web

Indicative content

• Corporate Social Responsibility in Business • Role of Stakeholders • Exploring the questions of equality and inequality, and poverty and wealth. • Exploring the link between citizenship, participation and social outcomes • Exploring unitary cultures, bi-culturalism, multicultural, diversity and integration • Exploration of the concepts of: values, norms, systems of belief, behaviour, national identity, habits and traditions • Developing a complex understanding of the concept of ethics and the impacts of culture on ethics and behaviour • Animal Rights, Climate Change and the Environment

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, in class tutorial discussions, online discussions, developing posters and other visual presentations. Seminar group work, active questioning within lectures and tutorials, guest speakers, case studies, independent reading, independent research activities.


Portfolio - 60% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 4.
Collection of tasks including presentation, peer-evaluated text and online quizzes.

Exam - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 4.
2 hour exam paper.

Students are not required to pass all elements of assessment in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment - Peer evaluation within portfolio.