Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Participants will learn to distinguish between business ethics, the business of ethics, and the ethics of business; to assume a critical attitude towards promises of moral improvement in businesses and economies; and to see business activities and economic decisions in their wider social and political contexts.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 01.03.2021 - 08.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Matti Häyry

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matti Häyry

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The topics covered during the course include the business, ethical, political, and critical approaches to corporate social responsibility; political and moral philosophy, justice, and business; neoliberalism, sustainable growth, environmental ethics, and the relationship between law and morality; corporate scandals and their impacts; and diversity and equality in business.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1. Active participation in sessions, group works, group work preparation, and group work reporting. Assessment: 0-5. 50% of the grade.
    2. Two literature exams during the course (Introducing Capitalism and Introducing Political Philosophy). Assessment: 0-5. 25+25% of the grade.
    3. Attendance in sessions. Participants are required to fully attend a minimum of 10/12 sessions. Assessment: Pass / Fail.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and group work discussions 30 h
    Group work preparation 60 h
    Literature exams 6 h
    Literature exam preparation 64 h
    Total 160 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Readings, including the two books for the literature exams, are provided by the lecturers. A recommended background book is: Bowie, N. (2002) Blackwell Guide to Business Ethics. ISBN 0-631-22123-9

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    51E00200 Business Ethics Self-study

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