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CODE MRT5170

 
TITLE Ethical Concepts, Theories and Practice

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 10

 
DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will seek to improve the understanding of basic moral concepts such as trust, fairness, rights, duties, good and bad, right and wrong, virtue and vice, agents and actions. The notion of justice will be given central importance with the investigation of competing conceptions of justice and their application to business policy and practice. The course will also investigate the way in which decision-making can take place in the light of key ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Contractarianism, and Virtue ethics.

Study-unit Aims

This study unit aims to introduce the moral concepts and theories that are required to tackle problems related to ethical business practices and to develop the necessary skills for moral reasoning. These will include key ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Contractarianism, and Virtue ethics.

Learning Outcomes

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

- comprehend the major ethical theories used in ethical argumentation

- understand basic moral concepts such as trust, fairness, rights, duties, good and bad, right and wrong, virtue and vice, agents and actions with special reference to the notion of justice and its application to business policy and practice.

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

- develop the necessary skills for moral reasoning in the context of the moral concepts and theories that are required in business practice.
- foster the capacity to evaluate an ethical argument and the presuppositions it makes
- argue for a moral position using ethical concepts.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Chryssides George D - John H Kaler, An Introduction to Business Ethics, London: International Thomson Business 2002.
- Crane A - Matten D, Business Ethics, Oxford University Press 2004.
- DeGeorge Richard, Business Ethics, 2006.
- Frederick RE, A Companion to Business Ethics, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing 2002.
- Grace D - Cohen S, Business Ethics: Problems and Cases, Oxford: OUP 2005.
- Trevińo L - Nelson KA, Managing Business Ethics: Straight Talk about how to Do it Right, Hoboken 2004.
- Velasquez MG, Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall 2006.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualifications: A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

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

 
LECTURER/S David Cortis
Mark Sultana
Raymond Zammit

 
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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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