- Class Number 7010
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Babita Bhatt
- Dr Babita Bhatt
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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.
This course introduces ethical issues and economic decision making in a variety of contexts. It aims to develop participants’ capacity to analyse and argue the ethical dimension of contemporary and emerging business models. Using various philosophical theories of Ethics, we would explore social and ethical responsibility of corporations, social entrepreneurs and digital innovators. Our main task is to understand how ethical theories interact with practice and their applicability to different business models. We will not only apply ethical theories to some core areas such Information technology, HRM, Finance, Entrepreneurship but we will also cover ethical tension in emerging business models such as Uber, Airbnb and other actors in platform economy. A core question that is inherent in the key themes of the course is who is responsible for business ethics?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Define, explain and illustrate the theoretical foundations of business ethics;
- Re-examine their knowledge of business and economic concepts from an ethical perspective;
- Explain and illustrate the importance, for business and the community, of ethical conduct;
- Recognise and resolve ethical issues in business;
- Reflect on and critically examine their own values and the importance of the ethical dimension in business and workplace decision making; and,
- Apply systematic ethical reasoning to business dilemmas and communicate effectively in oral and written forms, using the concepts, logic and rhetorical conventions of business ethics.
Research studies of managers, professionals, employees, consumers and students are referred to throughout the course to explain and illustrate the theoretical foundations of business ethics and to illustrate the importance for business and the community of ethical conduct. The research assignments provide the opportunity for students to apply their research and analytical skills to understand ethical issues in emerging business models.
A contemporary textbook and readings on business ethics referencing major ethical issues equips students with the concepts and applications to examine business from an ethical perspective
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
There are no examinations held by ANU Examinations for this course.
All the required readings are listed in the course content and will be uploaded on the Wattle.
Recommended book: McDonald, Gael (2015). Business ethics: A contemporary approach. Melbourne, VIC: Cambridge University Press.
A copy of the textbook will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection
The ANU Library subscribes (electronically) to a wide range of academic journals. Journals that may be helpful
for your research include:
Journal of Business Ethics
Business Ethics Quarterly
Academy of Management Review
Academy of Management Perspectives
Academy of Management Journal
Journal of Management Studies
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Seminar 1: What is Business Ethics||Discussion Question: what is an ethical business?|
|2||Seminar 2: Corporate social responsibility||
Discussion Question: the responsibility of corporates is to increase profit’: Explain
|3||Seminar 3: Ethical theory: Systems of Moral Evaluation||
Discussion Question: Care vs Justice. Can care be used as an ethical perspective?
|4||Seminar 4: Ethical theory: ethical decision making||
Discussion Question: How managers make decisions? How should managers make decisions?
|5||Seminar 5: In class open-book test||Covers topics from the previous weeks|
|6||Seminar 6: Ethics in Information Technology||In class participation exercise 1: 5% (there are total 5 exercises, only three will be counted)
Discussion Question: are new technological innovations leading us to an ethical crisis?
|7||Seminar 7: Ethical issues of privacy and trust in the digital world||Note: Readings list will be updated to included most relevant and recent work
All readings will be posted on wattle
In class participation exercise 2: 5% (there are total 5 exercises, only three will be counted)
Discussion question: Can privacy be used for social good?
|8||Seminar 8: Ethical issues in marketing and Finance||In class participation exercise 3: 5% (there are total 5 exercises, only three will be counted)
Discussion Question: What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising?
Discussion Question: Is impact investing ethical?
|9||Seminar 9: Entrepreneurship and the Not-For-Profit Sector||In class participation exercise 4: 5% (there are total 5 exercises, only three will be counted)
Discussion Question: Social entrepreneurship is an ethical business? Explain?
|10||Seminar 10: Ethical issues in sharing economy and platform economy||In class participation exercise 5: 5% (there are total 5 exercises, only three will be counted)
Discussion Question: Does platform economy provide an alternative business model?
|11||Seminar 11: Presentation and discussion||
Suggested topics: ethical issues in microfinance, social enterprise, impact investing, pay equity, social marketing
|12||Seminar 12: Presentations and course wrap-up||
Suggested topics: Ethical issues in Automation; digital divide; Ethical issues in platform economy (business models, Uber/ Airbnb/ etc)
Discussion question: who is responsible for ethical business?
ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|In class open-book test (30%)||30 %||22/08/2023||29/08/2023||1,2,3,4|
|In-Class class participation excercise (5*3=15%)||15 %||29/08/2023||10/10/2023||1,3,6|
|Group Presentation (20%)||20 %||17/10/2023||30/10/2023||2,5,6|
|Peer Review of presentation (5%)||5 %||17/10/2023||30/10/2023||2,5|
|Individual case report based on the presentation topic (30%)||30 %||03/11/2023||30/11/2023||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
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Students are expected to attend all classes and attempt all assessments "in line with "Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning ", clause 2 paragraph (b)
There are no examinations held by ANU Examinations for this course. There is an in-class examination. See assessment section for further details.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
In class open-book test (30%)
Due: On Week Five
In-class, on-campus, open-book exam.
Start time: 9.15am
finish time: 11.45am
Return of Assessment: with feedback one week after the exam
The test will be 2 hours 30 minutes long (Note: while the seminar is three hours, exam is only 2.30 hours..half an hour of the seminar is kept for logistics and other administrative related issues)
It will consist of short answer questions and will cover readings and teaching material from week 1 to week 4
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,6
In-Class class participation excercise (5*3=15%)
Attendance and active participation is necessary. To encourage participation, this course provides students opportunities to engage in five-in-class exercises.
Students are expected to reflect, discuss and write one page note on the discussion topic assigned for that week.
Form of submission: Wattle (the one page summary should be submitted to wattle before 5pm, Tuesday)
Note: Grades for this assignment are based on the quality of participation (50%) and quality of write up (50%). As such, attending the lecture and critically reflecting on the assigned topic is important for this assessment.
Each student's final, total mark for this task will be based on the three out of six tasks submitted. Students can select any of the following three weeks based on their availability: Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,5,6
Group Presentation (20%)
Due: Week 11, 12
Date for Return of Assessment: within two weeks of submission
Groups will be formed by the third week of the course.
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
Group Size: Students will self-select into groups in week 3. The Size of the group will vary depending on the number of students register in the class. But an ideal size would be 3 students in each group
Identify an organization that is going through (or has gone through) a significant ethical scenario or dilemma.
Use relevant ethical concepts and theory to discuss the key ethical issues that need to be (or were) resolved
What action would you take to resolve the dilemma? Why
A detailed brief with grading rubric will be provided on Wattle
Note: presentation will be recorded.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2,5
Peer Review of presentation (5%)
Due: Week 11, 12
Date for Return of Assessment: within two weeks of submission
Participants will evaluate one presentation and submit a one-page report based on the criteria posted on wattle. In the review, students are expected to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the presentation and to share their opinions about the ethical solutions, processes, and experiences suggested by the presentation team
Rubric for peer evaluation will be shared on wattle on week 5
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Individual case report based on the presentation topic (30%)
Individual report [based upon the presentation topic]
Form of Submission: via Turnitin
Return of Assessment: After release of final grades 30.11.2023
Word Limit: 2000 words, excluding references (+/-10% of 2,000 is acceptable. Where an assignment exceeds this word limit, the portion that exceeds the word limit will not be marked
Format: double space, Font size: 12, Font type: Times New Roman
Referencing style: APA
Participants will be writing individual report on the topic selected for group presentation. Detail guideline will be available on Wattle.
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Unless specified otherwise in the assignment requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards
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Dr Babita Bhatt