BU1540 Fundamentals of Philosophy, Ethics and Social Science
(10 ECTS credits)
- The first part of the module introduces students to the central philosophical issues and methodology of the Western canon and how they are applicable today, especially regarding business and society.
- The second part of the module introduces students to the central ethical and political theories of the Western canon as relevant to business and society.
- The third part of the module introduces students to central current issues and methodologies of the social sciences as relevant to business and society.
Professor Julian Friedland
- Become familiar with the foundational issues and methodology of the Western philosophical canon and how they continue to be applicable today.
- Learn the major Western theories of ethics and political theory and how to correctly apply them in contemporary business contexts.
- Develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills on contemporary business-ethical debates including more relativism, social justice and ethics in marketing and technology.
- Become familiar with current issues and methodology of social science, particularly in economics, sociology, cultural anthropology, and organizational science.
The module introduces students to a working knowledge of the key issues and methodology of Western philosophy, ethics, political theory and social science.
- Knowledge: A very Short Introduction. Jennifer Nagel. Oxford. 2014.
- Morality and the Good Life: An Introduction to Ethics from Classical Sources. Solomon, Greene and Martin. 4th ed.McGraw Hill.2004.
- What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Michael Sandel. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 2013
- The Skeptical Economist: Revealing the Ethics Behind Economics. Jonathan Aldred . Routledge. 2010.
There are four elements to the assessment of the course, namely:
MT - Assignment 1- 20%
HT - Assignment 2 - 20%
Attendance and Participation - 10%
Annual Examination x 3 hours - 50%
Dates of Submission
See module BU1540 on Blackboard site.