Course Details

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeABSO450
Course Unit Details
Number of ECTS credits allocated5
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. To identify that business and society are an interactive system; companies have social responsibility and should act ethically
  2. Recognise that globalisation poses new challenges such as environmental or technological ones
  3. Assess the role of companies in communities including corporate philanthropy
  4. Analyse the ethical dimension of media relations and advertisement
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

The Corporation in Society

The Corporation and Its Stakeholders

Stakeholder theory and analysis


Business and the Social Environment

Corporate Social Responsibility

The history of corporate social responsibility

The debate on balancing economic, legal and social responsibilities

The evolving notion of corporate responsibilities


Business and the Ethical Environment

Ethics & Ethical Reasoning

The meaning of ethics

The core elements of ethical character

Analysing ethical problems in business


Business and Government in a Global Society

The Challenges of Globalisation

The process of globalization, benefits and costs

Doing business in a diverse world

Global codes of corporate conduct and collaborative partnership for global problems


The Corporation and the Natural Environment

Ecology and Sustainable

Ecological challenges

Global environmental issues

Responses of the international business community


Business and Technological Change

Technology: A Global Economic & Social Force

The explosive force of technology

The emergence of high technology business

The Internet

Socially beneficial uses of technology


Managing Technological Challenges

Business protecting privacy

The management of information security

Protecting intellectual property

Managing scientific breakthrough


Building Relationships with Stakeholders

The Community and the Corporation

The business-Community relationship

Community relationships

Corporate giving


Business and the Media

Public relations

Ethical and social responsibilities of public relations managers


Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Lawrence, A. & Weber, J., (latest edition) Business and Society Stakeholders, Ethics, Public Policy, McGraw-Hill
  • Lawrence, A. & Weber, J., (latest edition) Business and Society Stakeholders, Ethics, Public Policy, McGraw-Hill
  • Stanwick, P. & Stanwick, S. (latest edition), Understanding Business Ethics, Pearson
  • Fisher, C. & Lovell, A. (latest edition) Business Ethics and Values, Individual, Corporate and International Perspectives, Prentice Hall
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsLectures, discussions and presentations by students
Assessment methods and criteria
Assignments (2-4)20%
Mid-term test20%
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO

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