Module Code: H8ESR
Long Title Ethics and Social Responsibility
Title Ethics and Social Responsibility
Module Level: LEVEL 8
EQF Level: 6
EHEA Level: First Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: DESMOND GARGAN
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Critique the strengths and limitations of the major ethical theories.
LO2 Apply ethical categories to business decision making and consulting
LO3 Analyse business situations and apply ethical criteria to problem solving in a business setting
LO4 Formulate ethical guidelines for organisational use in a business context
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Business and ethics
• The nature of business ethics • Decision making • Criteria for choice • Rationality and reasoning
Ethical theories and how to use them
• Utilitarianism: weighing social costs and benefits • Ethical Formalism: Rights and Duties • Justice and Fairness • Virtue Theory
The Individual in the Organisation
• The rational model of organisation and contractual relations • The political model and the ethical boundaries of organisational politics • The caring model • Company loyalty and whistle-blowing
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
• The role of business in society • Primary and secondary stakeholders • The business, legal and social responsibilities of business
Business and its employees
• The ethics of job discrimination • Participation • How are rules made?
Business and its customers
• Advertising and ethics • Product liability • Sales Promotion • Personal Selling • Direct Marketing
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Assignment % of total: 100
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
The assessment for this module is based on case study analysis, which are used to develop the learner’s diagnostic skills. Learners will be assessed on their ability to analyse ethical situations based on their knowledge of theory in the area and present arguments while accounting for contrary arguments.
No End of Module Assessment
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2 Every Week 2.00
Seminars No Description 1 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning No Description 7.5 Every Week 7.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures two evernings per week and some Saturday's 24 Per 15 week block 1.60
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.60

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Stanwick, P.; Stanwick, S. (2014), Understanding Business Ethics, 2nd. Sage Publications, Thousand oaks.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Velasquez, M. G.. (2006), Business Ethics Concepts and Cases., 6th. Pearson, Upper Sadle River, New Jersey.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
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