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CODE MRT5205

 
TITLE Comparative Frameworks in Business and Ethics

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

 
DESCRIPTION Accounts of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, business models, and ethical principles from the Jewish, Islamic, Confucian and Buddhist perspectives will be provided, and a comparative exercise will highlight the similarities and differences with respect to Christian and ‘western’ models. There will be an attempt to find points of convergence and to sensitise participants to other ways of doing business.

Study-unit Aims

Students will be enabled to appreciate accounts of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, business models, and ethical principles in the Jewish, Islamic, Confucian and Buddhist perspectives. They will be guided to find points of convergence between these perspectives and the Christian and 'western' models, and they will be sensitized to other ways of doing business.

Learning Outcomes

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

- appreciate accounts of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance in the Islamic, Jewish, Confucian and Buddhist business world.
- understand Islamic, Jewish, Confucian and Buddhist ethical principles and business models.
- find points of convergence between Islamic, Jewish and Confucian business models and the 'western' business model.
- consider the role of the 'protestant ethic' in the rise of capitalism.

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

- collaborate, with sensitivity and understanding, with Islamic, Jewish, Confucian and Buddhist ways of doing business.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Islamic Business Ethics, Rafik Issa Beekun, The International Institute of Islamic Thought, 1997.
- Islamic Finance: Law, Economics, and Practice, Mahmoud A. El-Gamal, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
- Understanding Islamic Finance, Muhammad Ayubl, Wiley Finance, 2008.
- An Introduction to Islamic Finance: Theory and Practice, Zamir Iqbal and Zamir Iqbal, Wiley Finance, 2006.
- Business Ethics in Islam, Mushtaq Ahmad, Islamic Book Service,
- Case Studies in Jewish Business Ethics, Aaron Levine, Ktav Publishing House, 1999.
- Moral Issues of the Marketplace in Jewish Law, Aaron Levine, Yashar Books, 2005.
- Jewish Business Ethics: The Firm and Its Stakeholders, Jason Aronson, Orthodox Forum Series, 1999.
- Business Ethics: A Jewish Perspective, Moses L Pava, Ktav Publishing House, 1997.

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

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

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

 
LECTURER/S David Cortis
David Zahra
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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