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    Ethical issues in business including ethical theory and reasoning, nature and evolution of the business system, internal and external constituencies, and an examination of ethical functioning in business.

    This paper examines ethical issues in business with the aim of providing students with the tools to evaluate and resolve such issues from day-to-day managerial decisions and actions to the global issues facing business and society.

    About this paper

    Paper title Business Ethics
    Subject Management
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MANT 252 or 36 200-level points from Commerce Schedule C
    Schedule C
    This paper is suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals seeking to gain insight into the ethical dilemmas that businesses face in today's society.
    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Professor Robin Gauld

    Paper Structure
    The paper covers two key areas of contemporary business ethics:
    • Organisational ethics - normative ethics, ethical dilemmas and ethical decision-making at the individual and organisational level
    • Institutional/structural ethics - examining and evaluating ethical issues raised in the context of social practices, institutions and economic systems that shape the relationship between business, society, the environment and people
    Teaching Arrangements
    Heavy emphasis on individual preparation for seminars, group discussion and feedback.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this paper, you should be able to:

    • Make ethical decisions
    • Identify how ethical decisions affect various stakeholders
    • Use a variety of philosophical frameworks to explore ethical issues
    • Discuss the implications of some of the major ethical issues facing business and society


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 30-32, 37-41
    A2 Monday 11:00-11:50 30-32, 37-41
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