This unit critically reviews the socio-cultural environment in which business operates. Ethical frameworks for decision making will be critiqued and students will construct the debates surrounding contemporary corporate responsibility and sustainable development as they impact on organisations in their local and global contexts. Emphasis will be on how new pressures on businesses arise, and how effective the various models that structure organisational responses are to these dynamic and emergent challenges.

Unit details

Location:
Victoria University Online
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BMO5501

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discriminate between key western philosophical approaches to ethics;  
  2. Discriminate between ethics, legal requirements, and religious doctrine as they impact on contemporary business and be able to critically comment upon the role of culture in ethical decision making;  
  3. Advocate a position on the ethical issues associated with the western capitalist business system through analysis, critique and the presentation of corroborating evidence;  
  4. Exemplify professional judgement in assessing alternative perspectives of corporate responsibility in the context of contemporary business issues;  
  5. Evaluate the sustainability agenda and justify assessment of the implications for business;  
  6. Evaluate and debate the role of social movements and institutional changes to business operations; and  
  7. Clearly communicate conclusions to inter-disciplinary audiences demonstrating a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Reflective Journal 15%
Report Case Study Report 45%
Examination Final Exam 40%
The WIL activity is an industry-simulated project (Case Study Report). Students will be involved in a number of activities that simulate the ethical issues associated with business practice and will be required to evaluate questions of business responsibility and sustainability that characterise business situations.

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