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CODE MRT5160

 
TITLE Cost-benefit Analyses, Rationality and Ethics

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

 
DESCRIPTION The notion of rationality underlying rational choice theory, and its repercussions for business decisions will be examined, together with the question as to whether cost-benefit analysis provides an ethically defensible way of making business decisions. The nature of capitalism and economic liberterian theory and their implicit view of human nature will be evaluated as will economic and ethical challenges presented by contemporary economic systems.

Study-unit Aims

This study unit aims at bringing out the implicit anthropological view present in contemporary economic theories and business practices. It will outline the ethical opportunities and challenges presented by contemporary business theories and practices.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- have a clear understanding of the notion of rationality underlying rationale choice theory, and its ethical repercussions for business decisions.
- understand clearly the nature of capitalism and economic liberterian theory and their anthropological presuppositions.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- critically respond to the question as to whether cost-benefit analysis provides an ethically defensible way of making business decisions.
- evaluate and respond critically in his or her business practice to implicit questions with respect to the nature of capitalism and economic libertarian theory and their view of human nature.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Economics, Ethics and Public Policy, edited by Charles K. Wilber, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998.
- Cost-benefit Analysis for Public Sector Decision Makers, Diana Fuguitt, Shanton J. Wilcox, Quorum Books, 1999.
- New foundations of cost-benefit analysis, MD Adler, EA Posner, Harvard, 2006.
- Democracy, social values, and public policy, D Maclean, Praeger Publishers, 1998.
- Cost-benefit analysis: environmental and ecological perspectives, K Puttaswamaiah, Transaction Publishers, 2002.
- Cost-benefit analysis, EJ Mishan, E Quah, Routledge, 2007.
- Cost-benefit analysis: theory and application, TF Nas, Sage Publications, 1996.
- Ethical theory and business, TL Beauchamp, NE Bowie, DG Arnold, Prentice Hall, 2001.
- Cost-benefit analysis : concepts and practice, Anthony E. Boardman, Prentice Hall, 2006.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S David Cortis

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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