Improving ethical standards and learning how to make appropriate ethical judgements in different contexts is a critical aspect of business practice in today's increasingly complex and globalised social and economic environment. Students will be involved in a number of activities that address ethical issues associated with business practice. They will evaluate questions of business responsibility in relation to globalisation, corporate social responsibility, stakeholders, and the ethics of environmental sustainability that characterise business situations.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review business ethics in organisations, including knowledge of ethical theories as relevant to local and multinational organisations;  
  2. Critically analyse and adapt ethical theories and frameworks to address contemporary ethical problems arising in business situations;  
  3. Articulate the consequences of unethical conduct and discuss its impact on local and global communities;  
  4. Reflect critically on current issues in relation to business ethics and begin to justify and apply relevant frameworks of analysis to ethical decision making balancing individual and public good;  
  5. Propose creative resolutions, both collaboratively and individually using business ethics theories and concepts to current issues with responsible and professional judgment; and  
  6. Advocate ethical, environmentally, socially and culturally solutions to contemporary problems utilising effective verbal and written communication.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online quiz 20%
Test In-class test 25%
Essay Individual critical essay 30%
Creative Works Group Animated Video 25%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Individual critical essay 30%
Test In-class test 10%
Report Group report and presentation 30%
Journal Individual reflective journal 30%

Required reading

A series of readings, and links to: web sites and leading scholarly journals, reference materials, audio visual materials, policy documents and reports relating to both the Australian and the global context will be provided via VU Collaborate.

Moral issues in business (3rd ed.).
Shaw, W.H., & Barry, V. (2016).
South Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning.

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