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: 26.02.2024 - 11.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    1. Participation in sessions, individual asssignment preparation and 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 sessions. Assessment: Pass / Fail.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Online lectures
    Individual assignment preparation and reporting
    Online literature exams
    Literature exam preparation


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    13 Climate Action

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV

    Enrollment :

    Enrolment max 30 students. Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) Management and International Business / Creative Sustainability, 2) BIZ exchange students, 3) Other School of Business students, 4) Other students.

    Students must attend the first lecture to ensure their place in the course.