FI5205 - Corporate Responsibility and Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The pressure on business to take social responsibility has increased the last few decades. Globalization and other structural changes in society and economic life are parts of the reason for this development. Does a strengthening of corporate power mean an increased social responsibility for business? Or is the business realm free from moral responsibility in the pursuit of pure economic gains? This course aims at discussing the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from a philosophical and ethical perspective, focusing on the relationship between ethical reasoning and economic rationality.

Learning outcome


The course will give the students an overview of current debates and normative theories on the social responsibility of business.


The course will provide the students with the ability to argue for and to criticize different normative theories and views regarding the social responsibility of business.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

In order to sit the exam, students must submit and get approved one written assignment (max 1500 words/3-4 pages, 12-point Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing). The written assignment is only given in the semester the course is taught.

Compulsory assignments

  • One written assignment

Further on evaluation

Information regarding the final essay: The essay should be 10-12 pages (4000-4800 words) long in 12 point Times New Roman, 1,5 line spacing.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Philosophy
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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