Unit description

The influence of culture and society on the creation of knowledge, truth and morality provide the foundation to explore a broad range of ethical theories. These theories are applied to diverse contemporary issues including human rights and corporate governance. The unit explores the ethical roots of the ecological crisis and examines the contribution of the sustainability concept to the search for a solution.

Unit content

Introduction

Case study – Interface & sustainable business

Culture and ethics: Case study – Traidcraft as an ethical organisation

Consequential ethical theories: Case study – Supersize me

Non-consequential ethical theories: Case study – Enron

Applied business ethics: Case studies – Shell Oil in Nigeria, Enron

Environmental ethics: Case study – Ethical agriculture

Sustainability & environment: Case study – Rocky Mountain Institute

Social & cultural sustainability: Case study – Learning from Ladakh

Economic sustainability: Case study – Guitang Sugar

Sustainable organisations: Case Study – Coopers Brewery

Contemporary ethical & global sustainability issues: Case Studies – Danone, Homeless World Cup

A global sustainable society: Case Study – Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
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Exam: closed book20%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
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Report40%
Exam: closed book20%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
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Report40%
Exam: closed book20%

Melbourne

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
Report20%
Report40%
Exam: closed book20%

Online

Teaching method
Workshop online 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1.5 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
Report20%
Report40%
Exam: closed book20%

Papua New Guinea - IBSU Enga

Teaching method
Workshop on-site
Assessment
Report20%
Report20%
Report40%
Exam: closed book20%

Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby

Teaching method
Workshop on-site
Assessment
Report20%
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Report40%
Exam: closed book20%

Perth

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
Report20%
Report40%
Exam: closed book20%

Sydney

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
Report20%
Report40%
Exam: closed book20%
Notice

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