BTM5909 - Ethics and global corporate governance - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Thaatchaayini Kananatu

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must have completed 72 credit points.


This unit is designed to develop postgraduate students' ethical reasoning regarding the behaviour and conduct of international business organisations.

Topics include the extent to which multi-national corporations (MNCs) act ethically, the social responsibilities and obligations of MNCs, and how corporate governance practices ensure accountability, transparency and integrity in managing businesses.

This unit examines these fundamental questions by applying ethical and corporate governance theories to issues that arise in international business organisations. These issues may involve the 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to human rights, environmental protection, marketing and advertising, human resource management and social accounting.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify and examine significant ethical issues that arise in various international business contexts
  2. apply different ethical theories to issues specific to human rights, environmental protection, marketing and advertising, human resource management and social accounting
  3. critically evaluate the implications of applying different ethical theories to international business
  4. identify and examine the role of the various stakeholders in upholding good global corporate governance practices
  5. critically evaluate the impact of regulations and codes in corporate governance in various jurisdictions, especially in developed and developing countries.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Examination: 40%

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.

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