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IB97B - Ethical Leadership

  • Module code: IB97B
  • Module name: Ethical Leadership
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"As business ethics and corporate social responsibility have today become fundamental to organizational practices and the work of managers and consultants, we have designed this module to develop the abilities of students to investigate and analyse organizational situations where issues of ethics, values and responsibility are paramount. In particular the module aims to: 1) Provides students with theories from the fields of politics and philosophy that will enable them to critically analyse, unravel and elaborate organizations’ ethical issues of responsibility, justice, virtue and values; 2) Equip students with knowledge of the theories and practice of business ethics and CSR; 3) Allow the students, through the use of case studies, to relate to contemporary ethical dilemmas faced by organizations, and to study the responses organizations are currently putting in place to manage these dilemmas 4) Consider the current global context and the growing pressures (legal, cultural, social, and economic) on organizations to engage in ethical responsible practices."

Principal learning outcomes

"Subject knowledge and understanding: 1) Understand key contemporary ethical issues faced by businesses and organizations; 2) Have sound knowledge of theories of ethics (utilitarian, non-consequentialist, etc.) introduced during the course; 3) Critically analyse different ethical dilemmas organizations face; 4) Elaborate and discuss the complexities comprising organizational cases 5) Critically analyse organizational practices and responses to ethical dilemmas and elaborate alternatives.Subject-Specific/Professional Skills: 1) Apply conceptual frameworks to particular examples; 2) Find and present information and data in a succinct and relevant way in order to build arguments. Cognitive Skills: 1) Recognise and critically engage with assumptions underpinning conceptual frameworks; 2) Formulate and test assumptions about ethics and values; 3) Develop and compare competing interpretations of phenomena. Key Skills: 1) Demonstrate skills in academic and business communication and an ability to work on and manage projects."

Timetabled teaching activities

Total contact hours: 15; Lectures per week: 5x3; Module duration (weeks, if applicable): 5 weeks.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IB97B-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) 3500 word essay (15 CATS) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Organisation Science) (N1B2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Organisation Science) (N1B2) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate International Business (N120) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Marketing) (N1B0) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Consulting) (N1B4) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Consulting) (N1B4) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Accounting & Finance) (N1C2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught (Financial Management) (N1C3) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Management (N2N1) - Year 1