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MANT331 Business Ethics

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.

Paper title Business Ethics
Paper code MANT331
Subject Management
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 29-32, 36-40
A2 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-32, 36-40