BSc Management (Marketing)

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Ethical Business

Unit code BMAN24261
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course gives students a critical perspective on the behaviours of corporations and other organizations. The ethical/unethical behaviours of organisations are understood in the context of social and economic change, particularly the evolution of globalization. To help achieve this, the course covers a multiplicity of examples from the academic literature and from the lecturer’s own research. 


Available as option for BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IM and IMABS. Core for BSc Management with SEB Specialism.


The main objective is to make students aware of key issues around ethical and unethical behaviours in the management of modern work organizations. The focus is on how organizations seek to change, evolve and develop. The course aims to impart a critical perspective on issues such as control, change, conflict and power. In so doing the course builds upon many of the theories and concepts which students encounter in their first year. A key objective of the course is for students to understand organizational behaviour and change in a ‘real world’ context.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students should have acquired awareness of how corporations and contemporary organizations seek to manage their workforce and their physical, social and political environments in a number of ways. You will gain knowledge about some of the non-mainstream elements of organizational life, including organizational misbehaviour and corporate crime. 


Lectures in this module may cover topics such as:

·         Normative ethics

·         Ethical decision-making

·         Individual and organisational factors influencing ethics

·         Social entrepreneurship

·         Sustainability

·         Globalisation and international issues

·         Stakeholder theory

Teaching and learning methods

You will attend 5 seminars. Please see your Seminar and Workshop Timetable. Seminars are an opportunity for students to discuss themes and issues raised in the lecture, to ask questions and solidify their knowledge of the topics.

Formative assessment/Feedback is by way of seminar participation and supported collaborative learning.

Seminar attendance

Please note that seminar attendance is compulsory and attendance will be monitored. Attendance is constantly monitored and non-attendance will lead to further action.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 1x2 hour per week (20 hrs: see above).

Seminars: 1 x 2 hour per fortnight (10 hrs: see above)

Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, classes, reading and research, and preparation for classes and coursework.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed exclusively (i.e. 100%) by a 2500 word essay.


Feedback methods

Formative assessment/Feedback is by way of seminar participation and supported collaborative learning. Students will also be given more official feedback after their group presentations and essays.


Recommended reading

Core textbooks:

The two core textbooks for this course are:

  • Crane, A., & Matten, D. (2015). Business ethics (4th ed.). Oxford: OUP Oxford. Note: Both the 3rd and 4th editions are acceptable
  • Ferrell, O., Fraedrich, J., & Ferrell, L. (2018). Business Ethics: Ethical decision making & cases (12th ed.). Boston, MA: CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing.
  • Note: Both 11th and 12th editions are acceptable 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andra Toader Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: None
Co-requisites: None
Dependent courses: None

Programme Restrictions: BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management with American Business Studies, and BSc International Management.

Core: BSc Management (Sustainable & Ethical Business)

BMAN24261 is available to study abroad and exchange students admitted through the University of Manchester’s International Programmes Office

For Academic Year 2021/22

Updated: March 2021

Approved by: March UG Committee

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