Department of Business Administration

Business Ethics(G497)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
G497 Business Ethics 5 3 3 0 3 5
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Elective
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) JEAN MICHEL BALASQUE (Email)
Objective This course aims to teach fundamental notions of ethics and possible ethical problems in different areas of an enterprise and their solutions.
Content Week 1: Introduction to ethics and fundamental notions
Week 2: Ethical theories in philosophy
Week 3: Sociology of morality
Week 4: Fundamental notions of moral psychology
Week 5: Theories of moral psychology
Week 6: Ethical blindness
Week 7: Mid-term exam
Week 8: Introduction to business ethics
Week 9: Ethical problems in companies
Week 10: Social responsibility
Week 11: Ethical decision-making and leadership
Week 12: Evaluation of an ethics program
Week 13: Legal regulations
Week 14 : The homework presentations
Course Learning Outcomes 1. Students will be able to know approaches to ethics in the different fields of human sciences.
2. Students will be able to know the problems and ethical dilemmas in companies.
3. Students will be able to develop the capacity to solve ethical problems and make an ethical decision in companies.
4. Students will be able to create an effective ethics program in companies.
5. Students will be able to know the benefits and the profits of a strategy appropriate to the codes of ethics for a company.
Teaching and Learning Methods Lecturing, presentations and projects
References Armstrong, Walter (2008). Moral Psychology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
• Bloom, P. (2013). Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil. Penguin: New York.
• Brenkert, G. (2010). The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics. Oxford: UK.
• Darwall, S. (1998). Philosophical Ethics. Westview: Oxford.
• Drumwright, M. & Murphy, P. (2004). How Advertising Practitioners View Ethics : Moral Muteness, Moral Myopia, and Moral Imagination, Journal of Advertising. 33: 2
• Hitlin, S & Vaisey, S. (eds) (2010). Handbook of the Sociology of Moralitiy. Springer: New York.
• Luetge, C. (2013). Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics. Springer: New York.
• Palazzo, G. (20 12). Ethical Blindness, Journal of Business Ethics, 109 / 3.
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Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 1 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 2 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 5 10
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 40
Toplam 6 50
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 The acquisition of high-level knowledge of the functions of production management and marketing, management, accounting and finance; the skill of using this knowledge. X
2 The acquisition of basic conceptual knowledge about scientific fields related to professional life, such as law, economics, sociology, psychology, social psychology and quantitative methods. X
3 The ability to work effectively in a team; the ability to pass on knowledge to other members of the team. X
4 The competence to use his/her knowledge on the field, to analyze and interpret the data obtained, to identify the problems encountered, to provide appropriate solutions and scientifically defend these solution suggestions when necessary. X
5 The competence to determine the aims and objectives of the company or institution in which he/she is employed by taking into account the needs, the competitive dynamics of the market and by calculating the risks incurred; the ability to engage in entrepreneurship and establish and manage a business. X
6 Awareness of constantly updating his/her professional knowledge and skills; the ability to adapt to change and innovation; the competence to evaluate critically the information he/she has acquired. X
7 Basic knowledge of information and communication technologies required for professional life; the ability to use core office programs at an advanced level; expertise in data processing and report writing in the IT environment. X
8 Ability to follow current information in his/her field in both English and French and to communicate in writing and verbally with stakeholders in both languages. X
9 The ability to conduct researches and studies taking into account the market, dynamics of competition, organizational and global factors and scientific methods; contribute to projects, take responsibility in projects, display competence to make innovative and effective decisions. X
10 Ability to develop strategies, find creative solutions to management problems by building relations with other areas of the social sciences and take the responsibility of these decisions. X
11 Consciousness of taking into account ethical values, when making decisions and being involved in business life. X
12 Awareness of the impact of practices related to his/her field on the global and social dimensions (universality of social rights, social justice, cultural values, environmental problems, sustainability, etc.) and their legal consequences. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 2 28
Working Hours out of Class 1 10 10
Assignments 5 1 5
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 5 5
Total Workload 48
Total Workload / 25 1,92
Credits ECTS 2
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