SMF3082F - Applied Ethics and Sustainability


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Definition of ethics and basic elements of the main philosophical approaches in ethics

Definition of sustainability and relations with ethics

Definition of Corporate Social Responsibility

Socially responsible organization, strategy and management

Business Ethics

Ethics in practice and ethical dilemmas

Learning outcome

This course will provide students a knowledge of ethical issues related to business operations. A business is sustainable if it contributes to economic, environmental and social development. Sustainable businesses are responsible companies with ambition and high ethical standards. The course will focus in theory and examples how responsible businesses are organized and managed. The course will highlight ethical dilemmas that may arise in complex decision situations. We discuss the normative consequences that recent thinking within business ethics and environmental efforts for the organization of economic activity at the micro and macro levels. After completing this course students should have:
- Understand term sustainability.
- Understanding limitations associated with the term "rational actor" in economic theory.
- Understanding the concept of "responsible business – corporate social responsibility".
- Knowing new trends in marketing and management practices with emphasis on sustainability.

Be able to develop reflective solutions to ethical dilemmas that arise in various decision-making processes. Be able to lead continuous improvement toward sustainability and ethical behavior in business.

Students should have an understanding of sustainability and ethics. Students should have an understanding of ethical dilemmas and be able to negative effects that can decisions have on the business.

Learning methods and activities

Net Support Learning | Others

Further information:

The course is base as an online course.

An online study means that all communication between tutor and student use digital media, example: Blackboard, Videos from lectures etc.

NB! Lectures generally take place in English.


Compulsory Requirements:

One mandatory assignment is expected. Delivering through Blackboard, deadline, pdf file. You must pass this assignment before you go to exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved exercises

Further on evaluation

Re-sit of written exam in August.

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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Business Administration and Management (BØKLED-F)

Course materials

Carson, S. G., Kosberg, N.; Laudal, T.; Skauge, T. (2015). Etikk for beslutningstakere. Cappelen akademisk. ISBN: 978-82-02-38330-5

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SMF3082 5.0


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 D 2017-11-30 09:00 B211- 2.etg. , B210-2.etg. , Universitetet i Agder , Bergen , Kirkenes Kompetansesenter , Norsk Støtte Utland , Folkeuniversitetet Vestlandet
  • * 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.