Course - Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility - SMF2290F
SMF2290F - Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Examination arrangement: Project work
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 digital learning methods, compulsory assignement.
Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Admission to a programme of study is required:
Business Administration, part-time (BØKLED-F)
- 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, 2011.
- 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.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: SPRING 2022
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management
Examination arrangement: Project work
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- * 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.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"