FI5205 - Corporate Responsibility and Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
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

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

2. Abilities: 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 (3-4 pages, 12-point Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing). Information regarding the final essay: Front page must contain course code, date and student id. The essay should be 10-12 pages long in 12 point Times New Roman, 1,5 line spacing. Date of submission will be announced.

Compulsory assignments

  • One written assignment

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

A compendium is available at Tapir bookstore, NTNU, Dragvoll campus.


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100


Spring ORD Assignment 100/100


Spring UTS Assignment 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.