Philosophy and Ethics of Business

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2018/19
Vakcode EBB069A05
Vaknaam Philosophy and Ethics of Business
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
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Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course the student is able to:
1. Identify philosophically and morally relevant aspects of decisions as well as one's moral responsibilities.
2. Explain and apply main theories, arguments and concepts from philosophy and ethics of business.
3. Cope succesfully with moral dilemmas in business economics and international business.
4. Distinguish philosophical and moral issues concerning capitalism, theory of the firm, individual and social choice.
5. Report orally and in written form on moral decision making in business.
6. Discuss and debate moral issues in business.
Omschrijving Capitalism, shareholder wealth, employee rights, consumer freedom, obligations towards suppliers and competitors, civil society and the government—moral and political questions abound in business. But research in moral psychology shows that we often fail to see what is morally important about a situation. And if we do see it, we often don’t know how to deal with it. And even if we know how to deal with it, we often don’t act accordingly. This course takes a practical approach to business ethics. Its main objectives are to foster sensitivity to moral and philosophical aspects of decision making in business; to teach analytic skills that help you take a position in moral debates and to give a reasonable justification for your position; and to develop ways to successfully cope with dilemmas and issues that arise in business. We examine the main theories in the philosophy of business, business ethics, and moral psychology; we consider specific issues concerning capitalism and the theory of the firm, employees, consumers and other stakeholders; and we look at ways in which business interacts with NGOs, governments and civil society in a context of globalisation and focussed on sustainability.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcolleges, werkcolleges
Toetsvorm opdracht(en), presentatie(s)
(Individual assignment(s), group assignment(s), group oral presentation(s))
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. B.P. de Bruin
Docent(en) prof. dr. B.P. de Bruin , J.R. de Wit, MSc. ,dr. R.O.S. Zaal
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Additional freely available reading materials will be announced on Nestor
Business Ethics: Pearson New International Edition: Concepts and Cases, 7/E Manuel G. Velasquez 9781292022819 ca. €  57,00
Opmerkingen Secretary: Ms. G. Pol, phone: +31 (0)50 3633685, e-mail:
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Economics and Business Economics/E&BE  ( Business Economics) 2 semester II b verplicht
BSc Economics and Business Economics/E&BE  ( International Economics & Business/IE&B) 2 semester II b verplicht