MGT531 Business Ethics (8)

Ethical issues arising in business and professional life are addressed from the standpoint of western moral philosophy. Topics covered include the ethical limitations of the corporation under capitalism, appropriate conduct in the workplace, moral choices for employees, job discrimination, the crisis in the natural environment, social responsibility, and dilemmas facing professionals.


Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Economic and Finance Institute

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT531. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Subject Relationships

MGT557 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to compare and contrast the various theories that underpins, values, morality and the main Western approaches to ethics;
  • be able to critically examine the decision making process within business in light of recent ethical dilemmas, corportate scandals and government conduct;
  • be able to appraise how leadership and decision making impacts on corporate social responsibility including sustainability; and
  • be able to assess and determine the impact of business and national cultures on ethical behaviour in organisations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Nature of Morality
  • Normative Ethical Theories in the West
  • Justice and Economic Distribution under Capitalism
  • Workplace Ethics
  • Business and Society
  • Competing with integrity in International Business
  • Professions and Professionalism
  • Personal, Organisational and Political Morality

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGT531 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Professional relevance of ethical approaches
Social sustainability decision-making
Global ethical decision-making

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.