Module Overview

Business Ethics

The purpose of this module is to explore the ethical issues which almost all businesses face, to examine the reasons why people engage in unethical behaviour and to assess how you might reduce to the greatest extent unethical behaviour among workers.

Module Code

ACFN H4015

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Business ethics in a global economy

The study of business ethics; the development of business ethics; the benefits of business ethics.

Social responsibility

A stakeholder orientation; social responsibility and ethics; corporate governance and stakeholders; implementing a stakeholder perspective.

Managing ethical business concerns

Recognising an ethical issue; ethical issues and dilemmas in business; the challenge of determining an ethical issue in business.

Responding to compliance and social responsibility opportunities

Mandated requirements for ethical compliance; gatekeepers and stakeholders; the Consumer Protection Act 2007 (in Ireland); the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; the importance of institutalisation in business ethics

Understanding and supporting ethical conduct

A framework for ethical decision making in business; using the ethical decision-making framework to improve ethical decisions; the role of leadership in an ethical culture; leadership styles and their influence on ethical decisions; habits of strong ethical leaders.

Philosophical understanding of ethical decision making

Moral philosophies; teleology; deontology; relativist perspective; virtue ethics; applying moral philosophy to ethical decision making; cognitive moral development; individual factors in business ethics.

Organisational approaches to managing ethical decision making

Defining corporate culture; the role of corporate culture in ethical decision making; leaders influence on corporate culture; motivating ethical behaviour; organisational structure and business ethics.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30