Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in Organisations
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group Case Study Presentation  20%
Semester Assessment 2000 Word Report  20%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment 2,000 Word Report  20%
Supplementary Assessment Group Case Study Presentation  20%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Examination  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Understand and critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives on business ethics and to apply these into organizational contexts

Understand and critical evaluate alternative approaches to corporate social responsibility and how these can be applied by managers

To appreciate and understand the wide range of cultural and social contexts within which organizations operate and the challenges that these present for socially responsible actions and ethical decision making

To equip students with the skills to make ethical and responsible decisions as managers thought the application of conceptual frameworks to practical examples

To develop presentation and team working skills though class exercises

To improve written and verbal reasoning skills and analytical skills through the application of ethical models to ethical dilemmas and problems

Brief description

This module is designed to develop and augment the knowledge and understanding of management through ethics and corporate responsibility. It will consist of a series of lectures/workshops that focus on both ethics and corporate responsibility, combining theoretical explanation and the use of contemporary case studies to which theory can be applied to practical examples.


The aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth understand to current business ethics and corporate responsibility thinking though conceptual framing and application of concepts to practical examples.


1. What is Corporate Social Responsibility
2. Sustainability and Corporate Greening
3. Corporate Responsibility and Stakeholders
4. Biodiversity and Ecosystem services: risks and opportunities
5. Valuation of the environment
6. Policy instruments for the environment
7. Managing business ethics and corporate responsibility
8. The role of leadership in business ethics and corporate responsibility
9. Applied Ethics and Responsibility Case Study
10. Review and Revision

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Analysis of company reports and other numerical data.
Communication Develop communications skills including discussion and listening skills. Improve literacy skills by reading and writing about management
Improving own Learning and Performance Devise and apply realistic self-learning strategies, review and monitor overall performance, be aware of time management techniques.
Information Technology Use a range of commonly used software packages. Present information and data. Use email /internet appropriately and effectively.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be able to use the skills learnt in this module to enhance their career opportunities. They will also be aware of the importance of organizing and managing sources of knowledge.
Problem solving Identify problems. Identify factors which might influence potential solutions. Develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions. Construct a rational proposal in response to problem.
Research skills Carry out research into current thinking in the areas of sustainability, ethics and corporate responsibility. Identify relevant source material and journal articles for assignments
Subject Specific Skills Students will be aware of the importance of organizing and managing sources of knowledge and keeping up to date with the latest developments in management.
Team work Understand the concept of group dynamics, contribute effectively and participate in group discussions and group presentation.


This module is at CQFW Level 7