SMF2290 - Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Project
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Project 100/100

Course content

The overall goal of the course is to contribute to critical thinking and dialogue on ethical issues, sustainability and social responsibility. It means being able to reflect on and challenge values ​​at three levels: At the individual level, concerning about moral dilemmas, value-conscious leadership and ethical wisdom. At company level, concerning the work environment, freedom of expression, social mission and responsibility towards various stakeholders. At the societal level concerning the relationship between economic growth / value creation and fair distribution, human rights, sustainability and safeguarding the value of nature.

Course content:

- Corporate social responsibility (CSR), with different perspectives on the relationship between individual, company and society.

- Social contract theory, corporate social missions and corporate legitimacy in society.

- Elaboration on the normative philosophical theory.

- Ethical sense and economic rationality; about goals, means and moral boundaries.

- Ethical leadership, moral dilemmas and the relationship between individual and collective responsibility.

- Whistleblowing and freedom of speech in organizations.

- Corruption and inadmissibility that threatens trust, organizations and society.

- Justice, taxation, (in)equality and financial distribution.

- Environmental challenges and diverse perceptions of sustainability in light of different perspectives on the value of nature.

- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes


- Know the content of central normative ethical theories and understand their role in ethical reasoning.

- Know how companies can be ascribed to moral responsibility and secure legitimacy, and different principles of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and ethical management.

-Know of the ethical issues of the time related to justice, environment and technological development as a result of economic activity.


- Be able to discuss ethical issues related to economic activity with the necessary degree of understanding of nuances, counterarguments and alternative perspectives.

- Be able to ask critical questions about economic theories and key economic concepts such as freedom of choice, value creation, sustainability and growth.

- Be able to identify ethical challenges in work life, help integrate accountability and sustainability into practice, and generally stimulate transparency around value issues.

General competence:

- Understand the importance of critical thinking and the value of free exchange of views based on the understanding that ethical issues are fundamental in an economic contexts.

- Be able to link economic thinking and activity to important societal problems and thus contribute constructively in the ethical debate in and about business value creation and role in society.

- Good ability to reason systematically about value issues.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching plan will be based on a combination of digital learning methods, lectures, plenary discussions, exercises and group work.

Further on evaluation


The project assignment must be submitted individually or in groups of up to 3 students. No exam has been postponed for the project assignment, this is in accordance with current regulations at NTNU.

Text regarding the project assignment is given via the course page in Blackboard at the start of the semester.

Course materials

- Granum Carson, S. og Skauge, T.: Etikk for beslutningstakere - Virksomheters bærekraft og samfunnsansvar, Cappelen Damm, 2019.

- Granum Carson, S. og Skauge, T.: Etikk- teori og praksis, Cappelen Damm, 2022.

- Possibly 3-5 articles that are made available digitally.

More information on the curriculum will be provided on Blackboard at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SMF2290F 7.5
AL201220 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
INT3001 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Ethics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management


Examination arrangement: Project

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Project 100/100





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