ANU-PAAE8006:Business Ethics

Subject XNTS70034 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Melbourne Students will normally take this subject on-line

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar at ANU each week or online
Total Time Commitment: An average of 10 hours each week.
Prerequisites: Enrolment in the MA(Professional and Applied Ethics), the Post graduate certificate in Professional Ethics or the Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Ethics or with permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in a 3 year undergraduate degree or equivalent.
Non Allowed Subjects: This subject was previously offered under the code 922-508. Students who have completed 922-508 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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For ANU enrolments please contact the Arts and Music student centre with regards to Cross Insitutional arrangements. Arts & Music Student Centre

Dr. Richard Lucas

Andrew Alexandra

Subject Overview: This course aims to take the student through a comprehensive analysis of ethical issues arising from business practice. We presuppose an analytic philosophical methodology, utilising the traditional tools of secular ethics in that tradition. The course will consider moral issues in business from both a theoretical standpoint (systematic and principle-based), and through case studies; thus we will try to be as sensitive as possible to the real world particularities of a business environment, yet our analyses will recognise the importance and relevance of our major ethical theories within the teleological, deontological and virtue ethics traditions.

When successfully completed, students will have developed a good theoretical understanding both of central and current issues in Business Ethics and of some key philosophical issues of importance to applied ethics more generally.

Assessment: Indicative Assessment: Class participation (10%), 2,000 word writing assignment (30%), and 4,000 word writing assignment (60%).
Prescribed Texts: Shaw, William, H. & Barry, Vincent. Moral Issues in Business (Ninth Edition). Thomson Wadsworth: Belmont
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Notes: This course is available for on-campus and off-campus (correspondence) students. On-campus students will meet with the Convener once a week to discuss readings and the conceptual materials gained by the reading materials. Distance students will participate in on-line forums for discussion of class reading materials, which students will be expected to participate in. This is the best way for off-campus students to interact with the class.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

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