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International Business Administration

Business, Ethics and Responsibility (R-Module)

Exam number: 6705

Semester: from 1st semester

Duration of the module: One semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: Each winter semester

Prerequisites: The course is restricted to 24 students. Preference will be given to motivated students who have already attended one of our classes successfully. Please apply via email until 1st October 2016 to, stating which of our courses you have already attended, which grade you achieved and why you are particularly interested in this course.

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Jana Costas

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Jana Costas

Language of teaching: English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (Lecture, tutorial etc.) 45 h; self-study: 135 h

Contact hours (per week in semester): 3

Methods and duration of examination:
Essay with 3000 max. (60% of grade), presentation during the course (40% of grade).

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
Discipline-specific competencies:
The students know and understand the basics of business ethics and different approaches to CSR. They can critically examine and discuss business practices concerning CSR as well as recent problems of CSR in practice and research.
General competencies:
The students can reflect on and create research questions, read and understand scientific literature, write academic essays, participate and engage in academic discourse and give presentations.

Contents of the module:
Different approaches to business ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in practice and research, corruption, social movements

Teaching and learning methods:
Seminar, workshops, group work, case studies, presentations, discussions

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Crane, A. & Matten, D. (2007) Business Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jackall, R. (1988) Moral mazes: The world of corporate managers. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
Parker, M. (ed.) (1998) Ethics and Organizations. London: Sage.

Further information:
Registration in Moodle Viadrina required.