Faculty of Business and Economics

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Dr Alejandro Agafonow (First semester); Dr Jeremy St John (Second semester)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • First semester 2016 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Evening)


This unit is designed to develop students moral reasoning about the conduct of business in the global context. They will achieve this by exploring theories of ethics and justice in business and in its relationships with society, across different cultural and religious traditions; and reflecting on their own moral development through analysis of ethical and unethical behaviours in business.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. explain the relationship between ethics, morals and values in the workplace
  2. explore different perspectives on moral development
  3. examine ethical theories to explain how they contribute to ethical business practices
  4. analyse some of the competing demands on business when scrutinising the ethics of business activity
  5. discuss the relationship between business practice, ethics and religion across different traditions.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Alejandro Agafonow (First semester)
Dr Jeremy St John (Second semester)