Course detail

Ethics in Business

FAST-TY53Acad. year: 2018/2019

Development of ethics in philosophy, new ethic conceptions, ethics and morality, social events and ethics, relations between ethics, economics and business, economic pragmatism, utilitarism, liberalism, introduce to management ethics, manager and ethics, firm strategy and ethics, ethics in firm philosophy, ethics in firm culture, implementation of ethics to business, principles and problems of its implementation, manager's personality, moral developmnent levels of personality, manager's role in ethic development, examples of application of ethic principles to business, knowledge of ethic and nonethic doing, relations between philosophical ethics and application in business ethics, ethic firm auditing, arguments for implementation of ethics to business.

Department

Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of ethics as a social science. Orientation in theoretic conceptions of ethics and in historical development of ethic courses. Understanding of the importance of ethic thinking in the area of economy. Ability to aplicate of knowledge, information and practises in professional and personal life. Knowledge of ethic principles and their connections with management. Understanding of human change in firm culture, the manager's personality and the firm strategy. Skills of new thinking about economic principles in business with help of ethic dimension.

Prerequisites

The subject follows to knowledge gained in the course of secondary education in subject "Foundantions of Social Sciences" or "Civics", therefore no other technical or economical information is needed, knowledge of basic of law, psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, interest in ethic topics, recognising and knowledge of society, connection between sociology nad psychology, basic penzum of psychology and social psychology.

Co-requisites

Knowledge of economical theories, understanding of market workings and workings of market mechanisms, orientation in economic courses in history and nowadays, personalities of world and Czech economy, firm culture and strategy, styles of direction, the civil service, socio-psychological manager's characteristics, team management, social communication, direction of meetings, advertisiment and manipulation.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

ARZENBACHER, Arno: Úvod do etiky. Praha: Academia, 2001. ISBN 80-200-0953-1.
LINDR, Jaroslav: Etika v podnikání. M01 Nástin etiky, M02 Etická firemní strategie, M03 Implementace etiky. Brno: FAST, 2007.
BRÁZDOVÁ, D.: Zásady společenského chování. Praha: ROAD, 1991.
ŠRONĚK, I.: Etika a etiketa v podnikání. Praha: Management Press., 1995.
KÁRNÍKOVÁ, Jitka: Etika v podnikání a řídící práci. Praha: VŠE, 1997. ISBN 80-7079-524-7.
KOHOUTEK, R., ŠTĚPANÍK, J.: Psychologie práce a řízení. Brno: Cerm, 1999.
RIEGEL, Karel: Etika a psychologie v podnikání. Praha: Karolinum, 2006. ISBN 80-246-1118-X.
BEDRNOVÁ, Eva a NOVÝ, Ivan: Psychologie a sociologie řízení. Praha: Management Press, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7261-169-0.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Explanation is passed by word-teaching method in the form of lectures accompanied by rich presentation material. Basic theoretical topics are spread of voluntary topics according to student's interest; every student prepares one's presentation on the chosen topic which desribes ethic problem. In practices there are individual project about applied ethics in praxis

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students show their orientation in theoretical and applied pedagogy in test from theoretical part. They also prepare the presentation of the chosen topic from ethics where the students describe of chosen ethic problem. Participation is 80%. Summary evaluation of the student consists of testing student's theoretical knowledge of ethics (50%) prezentation skills (35%) and applied ethics project which shows student's ability to apply ethics to praxis (15%).

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to ethics. Importance of ethics. Ethics and philosophy, development owerview.
2. Concepts of ethics. Traditional and modern conception. History of ethics.
3. The important ethical paradigms and personalities in history. Ethics in antiquity and the Middle Ages.
4. Ethics in Modern Ages, present ethical discourses. Metamorphosis in the relations between ethics and business. Pozitivism, existencialism and materialism.
5. Directions in ethics: economic pragmatism, utilitarism, liberalism and neoliberalism.
6. Basic elements of the ethic theories. Corporate culture and identity. Importance of ethics for the economical way of thinking.
7. Relation between ethics, economics and business. Ethics in direction, personal morality and corporate ethics, ethical-professional manager's character.
8. Ethics in management and business, fundamentals and importance. Ethical integration into business. Social firm responsibility.
9. The manager and ethics - perspectives and changes. Development of a manager personality.
10. Corporate strategy and ethics, ethics as a strategy? Implementation of ethics to firm strategy.
11. Ethical codex. Ethical auditing of a firm. A variety of ethical codexes. Non-ethical examples in behaviour.
12. Practical aspects of ethics, ethical elements in strategy planning. Modernism and postmodernism in ethics, corporate strategy.
13. Self-assessment exercise in the area of ethics and management. Ethical-social katechism.

Aims

Orientation in subject, abilities to aplication of knowledge, information and practises in professional and personal life.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-P-C-A Master's

    branch ARS , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch ARS , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch ARS , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus

1. Introduction to ethics. Importance of ethics. Ethics and philosophy, development owerview.
2. Concepts of ethics. Traditional and modern conception. History of ethics.
3. The important ethical paradigms and personalities in history. Ethics in antiquity and the Middle Ages.
4. Ethics in Modern Ages, present ethical discourses. Metamorphosis in the relations between ethics and business. Pozitivism, existencialism and materialism.
5. Directions in ethics: economic pragmatism, utilitarism, liberalism and neoliberalism.
6. Basic elements of the ethic theories. Corporate culture and identity. Importance of ethics for the economical way of thinking.
7. Relation between ethics, economics and business. Ethics in direction, personal morality and corporate ethics, ethical-professional manager's character.
8. Ethics in management and business, fundamentals and importance. Ethical integration into business. Social firm responsibility.
9. The manager and ethics - perspectives and changes. Development of a manager personality.
10. Corporate strategy and ethics, ethics as a strategy? Implementation of ethics to firm strategy.
11. Ethical codex. Ethical auditing of a firm. A variety of ethical codexes. Non-ethical examples in behaviour.
12. Practical aspects of ethics, ethical elements in strategy planning. Modernism and postmodernism in ethics, corporate strategy.
13. Self-assessment exercise in the area of ethics and management. Ethical-social katechism.

Exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus

1. Development of ethics in philosophy, connection of ethics and economy.
2. Concepts of ethics, traditional and modern conceptions. Mankind and ethics.
3. Metamorphosis of the relations between ethics and business. Positivism, existentialism and materialism. Corporate culture and identity, importance of ethics in management. Ethics as the fourth ethic dimension.
4. Importance of ethics, psychology and sociology for the economic way of thinking. Firm's social responsibility.
5. Relations between ethics, economics and business. Assessment of ethic benefit in business environment.
6. Ethics in management and business, fundamentals and importance. Currently ethic problems. Ethics and motivation.
7. The Manager and ethics - perspectives and changes. Moral development levels of personality. Corporate strategy and ethics, ethics as a strategy? Implementation of ethics in firms. Ethics of work relations in firm. Non-ethic principles inside firms.
8. Philosophical aspects of ethics, contemporary philosophy of business. Transformation of ethics to business.
9. Modernism and postmodernism in ethics, corporate strategy. Present businessman's moral culture.
10. Students' prezentations of projects from the area of applied ethics in praxis.
11. Students' prezentations of projects from the area of applied ethics in praxis.
12. Students' prezentations of projects from the area of applied ethics in praxis.
13. Students' prezentations of projects from the area of applied ethics in praxis.