Business and Professional Ethics

This postgraduate unit  explores the ethical issues that arise in professional life, and in social interactions more generally. It considers the nature of professional activities, and the proper goals of a profession, principles of business ethic and good governance the virtues of a good professional, the ethics of profit making, responsibilities to stake-holders, honesty, truth telling, privacy and confidentiality, and personal and public virtue.

Study Level




Sub Discipline

Christian Ethics

Credit Points



E8501 Principles of Christian Ethics or a submajor in Christian Ethics in the BTh.



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically explain how ethical responsibilities arise from one’s professional role
  2. explore the ethical issues that arise in relation to conducting a business in contemporary society
  3. identify and analyse the key ethical aspects of governance and accountability in both the for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises
  4. explain the connections between one’s personal and public ethical responsibilities
  5. develop an in-depth ethical analysis of a case study in contemporary business practice
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