Human Values and Commercial Practice


Teaches the nature and systematic analysis of normative decisions, in particular in business settings. It sets that study in a larger framework of analysis of Western commercial, political and social systems and their functioning; and of the professional ethics that flow from that.



  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the nature and basic principles of normative decisions, particularly in business.

2. Critically assess business practice and engage in problem solving to meet societal ethical expectations.

3. Effectively communicate their understanding and interact effectively so as to problem solve with diverse community groups.

4. Appreciate the larger framework of Western commercial, political and social systems within which business practice operates, and of the professional ethics that flow from that.


The course covers:

  • the nature of norms and their application,
  • analyses of major societal systems and their normative character and impacts, and
  • an introduction to ethical corporate design and professional ethics.

Assumed Knowledge

Either 10 units of Philosophy courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Tutorial Assignment

Quiz: Quizzes

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Participation: Group Tutorial Participation

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for 10 Weeks

5 two-hour fortnightly tutorials