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Internationale Betriebswirtschaftslehre

Ethics, Responsibility & Sustainability in Business

Exam number: 6104

Semester: from 4th semester (Schwerpunktbildung)

Duration of the module: One semester

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

Frequency of module offer: Winter semester 2021/2022

Prerequisites: This seminar is limited to 27 students. If you want to participate, please apply via email to: Please provide your name, student-ID (Matrikelnummer) and the name of the seminar you apply for. The deadline for application is Wednesday, 6th October 2021, 1pm. You will be notified about acceptance into the course Friday, 8th October.

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: Englisch

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

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

Contact hours (per week in semester): 3

Methods and duration of examination:
The assessment is as follows (passing both group presentation and essay are necessary to pass the overall course):
1. Group presentation (40%) of the results of the group’s study of the topic
2. Seminar paper (60%) (2500 words)

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):
Having completed this seminar-based course, students will be equipped to understand and critically discuss existing perspectives of business ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, and sustainability.

Contents of the module:
This seminar introduces the concepts of business ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, and sustainability. It aims to provide students with key readings on theoretical concepts, foster critical discussions and connect them to contemporary issues in management and organization.

Teaching and learning methods:
Seminar, self study

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
The following book is recommended as background reading/ handbook:
Crane, A. & Matten, D., Glozer, S. & Spence, L. (2019). Business Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Further Reading
Literature recommended as ‘Further Reading’ is not required. It is to provide you with further literature if you want to delve deeper into certain topics.
Banerjee, S.B. (2007). Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Crane, A., Matten, D. & Spence, L. J. (eds.) (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility: Readings and Cases in a Global Context. New York: Routledge.
Fleming, P. & Jones, M. T. (2013). The End of Corporate Social Responsibility: Crisis & Critique. Los Angeles: Sage.
Parker, M. (ed.) (1998). Ethics and Organizations. London: Sage.

Further literature will be provided with each case.

Further information:
Registration in Moodle Viadrina required.