After completing the course International Business Ethics the student is able to:
- Critically evaluate mainstream concepts in business ethics from the perspective of continental philosophy;
- Recognize the mulitplicity of meanings and perspectives that these concepts of business ethics encompass;
- Understand how the main concepts in business ethics can restrict managerial responses in the practice of business ethics;
- Read, present, and discuss philosophical ideas that shed a different light on well-known concepts in business ethics.
The purpose of this course is not only to provide students with a solid introduction to the field of business ethics, but also to critically discuss the more philosophical underpinnings of this burgeoning field of research. All the relevant topics - from corporate responsibility to the call for standardization, from leadership to corporate agency, or from sustainability to globalization - will be discussed in the light of the long-standing debate between analytical and continental philosophy. More specifically, we will provide alternative ways of thinking about well-entrenched themes and issues in business ethics. One of the goals of the course is to show how many concepts in business ethics have shifted meanings over time. Rather than a practical focus, we will opt for a more conceptual focus. It is therefore important for students to understand that this course requires a certain interest in concepts or in philosophical reasoning, but we do not require any philosophical knowledge at the outset. The course consists of 12 lectures and 6 workgroups. The lecturers are Prof. Dr. R. ten Bos, Drs. Pleuntje Verstegen, and Drs. Pauline Chew.
|None, but we presuppose a willingness to engage with rather difficult themes and texts.|
|The exam will consist of four open questions and 20 MC questions.|