Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor International Business Part-time
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2022

Course unit title Business Ethics
Course unit code 025027041422
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) William CRANDALL

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Ethics and economics, economic and business ethics Conventional morality and ethical relativism Benefits and utilitarianism Moral obligation, rights and justice Ethics, morality, virtue Moral responsibility in personal and business life Corporate social responsibility of (multinational) companies Leadership ethics Compliance management

Learning outcomes

Knowledge - Students are able to describe fields of ethics and economics and to name important institutions in the globalisation of the economy and significant international codes of multinational companies. - Students can name characteristics of leadership ethics. - Students can give examples of compliance rules. Comprehension - Students understand the difference between ethical relativism and normative ethics. - Students are able to develop similarities and differences between the calculation of utilitarianism and the cost-benefit analysis of the economy to distinguish the hedonistic from the eudemonistic utilitarianism and derive a relationship between rationality and the categorical imperative. - Causal and moral responsibility can be weighed against each other and are used to distinguish between legal, social and moral responsibility. Application - Students can formulate moral standards for ethical guidelines of action of multinational corporations.   Analysis - Causal and moral responsibility can be weighed against each other and are used to distinguish between legal, social and moral responsibility. - Students can analyse CSR reports and compliance manuals and interpret their statements with regard to theoretical concepts. They can point out inconsistencies for practice and justify proposals for improvements. - Students can recognise dilemma situations in the field of business ethics, examine and represent their own reasonable position.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theoretical inputs, educational talks, individual and group exercises, case studies, analysis of CSR reports and compliance manuals of companies.

Assessment methods and criteria

Conceptual paper, individually written, with an examination of a practical business case. Minimum of 5,000 characters incl. spaces.



Recommended or required reading

Carroll, Archie B. & Buchholtz, Anne (2014, 9th ed.).  Business and Society:  Ethics, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Management.  Cengage Learning: Stamford, CT.

Additional readings will be made available during the course.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)