HR9728 - Responsible Business

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will help you understand, anticipate, pre-empt and respond to ethical challenges in business. The module requires you to think about your own responsibility as a manager and the responsibilities of organizations in the context of contemporary challenges to business. You will be challenged by this module to think about the qualities of mind and character that are required to behave in a morally coherent way, about the types of institutional arrangements that promote and frustrate this. The module will enable you to think about ethical issues at the level of the individual, the institution and the wider material and ideational contexts that inform how such issues are understood.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of online resources (including Discussion Board, webcasts, guidance notes), directed learning, independent learning, taught sessions using a variety of methods (debates, case studies, structured reflection) and case based assessment. Taught sessions focus on a specific level (individual, institutional, contextual) of ethical challenge. Specifically selected pre-readings are required before each taught session as the intellectual resources they provide will be useful as you consider and develop responses to the challenges that we will consider. The taught sessions will be facilitated by a team of academic specialists in the relevant area (e.g. virtue ethics, corporate governance, sustainability, social enterprise) who will provide ongoing formative feedback.

Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the module to your practice in the workplace. During the workshops you will be encouraged to discuss the theories and concepts with the tutors and your peers to understand how these relate to your own work based experiences. The module will provide directed activities to enable you to transfer the learning into your workplace and provide an opportunity for you to apply and evidence the development of your own professional practice. Finally, there will be an opportunity for you to reflect and review your learning with your workplace mentor and executive coach.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Northumbria is amongst the world’s top 50 performing universities for publications in business ethics. This module has been developed by world leading academics, and is supported by extensive online and material resources and by both live and written case studies. Taught sessions provide opportunities for students to develop and test their ideas in a supportive but demanding environment which requires arguments and choices to be justified in the context of identified alternative actions and arguments.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On completion of this module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the need for and range of justifications for responsible business;
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the implications of responsible business for both individual action and institutional priorities, governance and systems.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On completion of this module you will be able to:
3. Make theoretically and empirically informed arguments about the nature of responsible business.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On completion of this module you will be able to:
4. Demonstrate a personal commitment to responsible business practices.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: In-class formative feedback will be given in respect of the coherence, complexity and quality of arguments presented in the context of a range of ethical challenges.
Summative assessment: The summative assessment for this module is made up of two components. Component one is shared with HR9727.

Component 1 (50%): A 5000 word group consultancy assignment on a live or written case study in the context of responsible business. This is weighted at 50% (comprising 10% for the presentation and 40% written report) and assesses module learning outcomes 2 & 3.
Component 2 (50%): A 2500 word individual assignment analysing an ethical dilemma. This is weighted at 50% and assesses module learning outcomes 1 & 4.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Is it possible to lead a good life as a business manager? This module will ask you to reflect on that question by exploring the ethical issues that you encounter as a business manager in the organisational and wider social contexts in which you work. The module will encourage you to consider the criteria by which ‘Responsible Businesses’ are best identified; these include the relationship between the organisation and its stakeholders, the possible tension between organisational goals and moral standards, and the ways in which managers cope with challenges to their ethical commitments by resisting pressure or by compartmentalising their ethical choices. These questions will be addressed through case-based teaching and assessment, supported by extensive online resources and material developed by one of the world’s 50 leading universities in the field of business ethics.

Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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