Ethics

2018-2019

Course Objective

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH SKILLS – STUDENTS CAN CONDUCT A BASIC
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH
ACADEMIC SKILLS
After successfully completing this course, the student
• can explain the major philosophical and ethical ideas accurately and
are able to apply these philosophical and ethical ideas in the context
of society and business
• can examine societal and business issues from a philosophical and
ethical perspective
• can recognize the fundamental philosophical and ethics arguments in an
argumentation with regard to societal and business issues
• can put forward well-founded philosophical and ethical arguments, both
in spoken and in written format
RESEARCH SKILLS
After successfully completing this course, the student
• can describe relevant philosophical and ethical literature (on an
entry level) for the purpose of a literature review
• can discuss philosophical and moral arguments in relation to science /
research

BRIDGING THEORY AND PRACTICE
KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning
the relevant areas in international business administration
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• can explain, contrast, and compare the basic theories, models and
concepts of philosophical and ethical literature relevant to
international business

APPLICATION: Can propose a solution to an international real-life
business problem by applying relevant theories and methodologies.
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• can apply these philosophical and ethical concepts and theories into
the practice of society and business
• can translate the theoretical conversation on ethical and moral
concepts to concrete (policy) proposals and make the theoretical finding
comprehensible to a wide audience.

SOCIAL SKILLS – STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE DIFFERENT
PROFESSIONAL ROLES IN A CROSS-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT

After successfully completing this course, the student:
• is able to present (orally) and express his/herself on business and
society issues using philosophical and ethical concepts ideas
• can work well in a team and reflect on his/her own role in the team

BROADENING YOUR HORIZON - STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO REFLECT ON THE ETHICAL
AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL AND GOVERNMENTAL DECISIONS

After successfully completing this course, the student:
• is able to recognize the philosophical and moral issues that are
inherent to human life and to the business context and to the study of
society and business.

SELF-AWARENESS – STUDENTS CAN EVALUATE OWN LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE AND
ACTIONS

After successfully completing this course, the student is able to:
• critically assess your own values and norms
critically assess your possible future role within an organization
and/or as business professional.

After completing this course, you will have reached the following
learning objectives:
Academic Skills:
- You will read philosophical and ethical literature (on an entry level)
analytically, critically, and empathetically
- You are able to formulate judgments based on such argumentations
during a conversation and in a debate
Knowledge:
- You understand the major philosophical and ethical ideas accurately
Bridging Theory and Practice:
- You are able to apply your understanding of these philosophical and
ethical ideas in the business context
- You are able to critically assess your possible future role within an
organization and/or as business professional
Broadening your Horizon:
- You are able to recognize the philosophical and moral issues that are
inherent to human life, to the business context and to the study of
society and business
Social Skills:
- You are able to conduct a scientific conversation (partly) based upon
philosophical and moral arguments
- You are able to argue and express yourself by using these ideas in
speaking and writing effectively
- You will further develop your experience within working in groups
Self-awareness:
- You are able to critically assess your own commitments and ideas
- You are able to critically assess your own values and norms

Course Content

The course confronts you with ethical dilemmas and the philosophical
context in which these dilemmas arise. The course offers concepts and
theories to help you to understand, analyse and form a thought through
opinion.
During the lectures the following topics are discussed:
- Fundamentals of a good society
- Fundamentals of the economy
- Fundamentals of organising and organisations
- Fundamentals for a better business-world
During the tutorials the concepts and theories that are discussed during
the lectures are further elaborated.
During the tutorials you also will work out a pre-selected ethical
and/or philosophical theme.

Teaching Methods

Lectures
Tutorials

Method of Assessment

Written exam: – Individual assessment
(Interim) Assignment(s): – Individual assessment
(Interim) Assignment(s): – Group assessment
Class participation: – Individual assessment

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements

Literature

Michael Sandel (2010), Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?. New York:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2010. ISBN 9780374532505. Vertaling in het
Nederlands: Michael Sandel, Rechtvaardigheid. Wat is de juiste keuze?
Ten Have, 2010.
Also a number of articles. Readings will be announced on Canvas.

Recommended background knowledge

No special knowledge advised

General Information

Course Code E_IBA3_ETH
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.F.D.B. Wempe
Examiner prof. dr. J.F.D.B. Wempe
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Instruction course, Lecture
Target audiences

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