Course detail

Ethics in Business

FAST-NZB021Acad. year: 2020/2021

Development of ethics in philosophy, new ethic conceptions, ethics and morality, social events and ethics, relations between ethics, economics and business, economic pragmatism, utilitarianism, 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 development levels of personality, manager's role in ethic development, examples of application of ethical principles to business, knowledge of ethical and unethical doing, relations between philosophical ethics and application in business ethics, ethic firm auditing, arguments for implementation of ethics to business.


Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of ethic principles and their connections with business. Understanding of human change of firm culture, manager's personality and firm strategy.


The subject follows to knowledge gained in the course of secondary education in subject "Foundations 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 and psychology, basic amount of psychology and social psychology.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to ethics. Importance of ethics. Ethics and philosophy, development overview.
2. Concepts of ethics. Traditional and modern conception. History of ethics.
3. Historical-developmental changes of ethics. The important ethical paradigms and personalities in history. Ethics in antiquity and the Middle Ages, heritage for nowadays.
4. Ethics in Modern Ages, present ethical discourses. Metamorphosis in the relations between ethics and business. Positivism, existentialism and materialism.
5. Transformation of ethics to business. Economic pragmatism, utilitarianism, liberalism and neoliberalism.
6. Introduction to ethics of management. 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. Ethics in firm managemment activity. Ethics of work relations in firm. Moral culture of a contemporary businessman.
11. Ethical code. Ethical auditing of a firm. A variety of ethical codes. 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 catechism.


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 NPC-ARS Master's

    specialization ARA , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    specialization ARP , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer