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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Cristina Neesham


This unit is designed to develop students critical thinking about the conduct of business in the global context. Through the use of film, literature and business cases, the students will explore the relationship between ethics and religion and the subsequent theories of justice, economics and enterprise across different ethical traditions. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own moral development through analysis of ethical and unethical behaviours in business. Students will also be expected to participate in classroom discussion, activities and exercises.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. explore the relationship between ethics and religion and the subsequent theories of justice and economics across different cultural traditions
  2. explain the relationship between ethics, morals and values in the workplace
  3. formulate ethical philosophy to explain how it contributes to current practice
  4. analyse some of the competing demands on business when scrutinising the ethics of business activity
  5. critically apply understanding of ethics to real-world contexts
  6. develop the research skills necessary to undertake a primary research project on a topic relevant to business ethics.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Cristina Neesham

Contact hours

3 hours per week