• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Management
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Babita Bhatt
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course aims to:

  • Promote understanding of the importance, for business and the community, of ethical conduct;
  • Provide the skills with which to recognise and resolve ethical issues in business;
  • Enhance awareness and critical self-examination of one's own values, and to appreciate the relevance of personal values in the business/workplace setting; and
  • Encourage reflection on the ethical dimension of your own decision-making in workplace and other settings.

The course promotes reflection on the ethical domain of economic decision making and develops the students capacity to analyse and argue the ethical dimension.  The principal philosophical ethical theories are discussed, and their applicability to business examined. The relationship between business ethics, law and religion is considered, as is the impact of agency theory and stakeholder theory. A range of practical applications which individuals are likely to encounter in the earlier years of their career are examined, including negotiation ethics, whistleblowing, privacy, conflicts of interest and discrimination.  More general topics include environmental ethics, codes of conduct and globalisation. A pervading theme is the question of who is responsible for business ethics?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:

  1.  define, explain and illustrate the theoretical foundations of business ethics;
  2. re-examine their knowledge of business and economic concepts from an ethical perspective;
  3. explain and illustrate the importance, for business and the community, of ethical conduct;
  4. recognise and resolve ethical issues in business;
  5. reflect on and critically examine their own values and the importance of the ethical dimension in in business and workplace decision making; and,
  6. confidently apply systematic ethical reasoning to business dilemmas and communicate effectively in oral and written forms these, using the concepts, logic and rhetorical conventions of business ethics.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Weekly group discussion submissions (20%)

Tests (40%)

Individual Report (40%)

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Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (including non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units. Incompatible with COMM3016



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4140
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7841 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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