|Course code module||FTEMABK002|
|Study load (hours)||84|
|Instructor(s)||Luc Van Liedekerke|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
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No prerequisites, only the ability and willingness to think together in a dialogical structure about the impact of business on society and the role of business ethics.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The course delivers a basic introduction into business ethics and CSR. We want to develop insight into the normative structures that enable the operation of free markets as institutional systems and companies as social constructs. At a deeper level we aim to develop a responsible attitude within future leaders of entreprises.
3. Course content
1. The role of values and norms in the functioning of individuals and society at large
2. Long term economic growth and its impact on society
3. The normative characteritics of free markets starting out from the first theorem of welfare economics
4. Fundamentals of business ethics: the stakeholder model of the company
4.1 responsibility towards shareholders
4.2 responsibility towards consumers
4.3 responsibility towards employees
4.4 responsibility towards supliers
4.5 responsibility towards the environment
4.6 responsibility towards the community at large
5. The fundamentals of CSR
6. CSR and SME's
7. The fundamentals of socially responsible investment (SRI)
Casus analysis is used troughout the course and helps students to develop a critical understanding of business responsibilities in a changing world.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationClosed bookOpen questions
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Luc Van Liedekerke, Jef Van Gerwen en Johan Verstraeten, Business en Ethiek: spelregels voor ethisch ondernemen, Lannoo Campus, 2008.
7. Recommended reading - study material