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Business Ethics

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

In today's complex reality, businesses must not only be economically, strategically and technically proficient. To operate responsibly, and avoid the potentially damaging economic and strategic consequences of public criticism, they must also possess considerable ethical competence. This course will help students acquire such increasingly sought-after competence, by developing their ability to identify, analyze and handle the many and diverse moral challenges that they will meet in their professional life.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, students will have gained knowledge of:
  • The central moral challenges businesses today may face, and the importance of dealing with these in a way that can withstand public scrutiny
  • Theories and principles that may be used to analyze and handle such challenges

Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to:
  • Identify and describe characteristic moral challenges in different business contexts
  • Analyze and handle such challenges in an independent way
  • Apply general ethical theories and principles to concrete cases

General competence
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Relate to scientific literature in an independent and critical way
  • Apply scientific literature to concrete cases in an independent and appropriate way


The course will be given in the form of 12 weekly 2-hour seminars. In the seminars, the students will be presented with examples of moral challenges they may encounter in their professional life, and various tools that they may use to analyze and handle them. They will also be given the opportunity to use the tools in dealing with real and imagined challenges, including moral dilemmas of various kinds.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Written Exam and Take Home Exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written Exam2/54 hoursA - FNone permitted
Take Home Exam3/52 weeksA - F

Coursework requirements

One group presentation

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Tarjei Mandt Larsen

Method of work

Seminar. The total work load in this course is estimated to 250-300 hours.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Business Ethics (MØA390_1) 10

Open to

Business Administration - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Exchange programmes at UIS Business School

Course assessment

In accordance with the UiS Business School evaluation system.


Information on required literature will be provided.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 08.04.2020