Human Values & Commercial Prac

Course code PHIL3930Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this 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.
ContentThe 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.
Replacing Course(s)NIL
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEither 10 units of Philosophy courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsThe tutorial assignment is to help students start on normative, and not just factual, analysis of business problems. Tutorial assignment, 10%.
Essays / Written AssignmentsThe group project provides opportunity to develop an extended normative analysis, demonstrating the application of both knowledge and skills, and provides experience in performing multi-tasking group work. Group project, 30%.
Examination: FormalThe examination evaluates the systematicity of student understanding of basic principles and how to apply them.
Examination or Take-home exam, 50%.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial participation, attendance and group presentation, 10%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for 10 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL3930