Course detail

Ethics in Business

FAST-NZB012Acad. year: 2020/2021

Ethics, ethical terminology, business ethics, ethics and morality, relationships between ethics, economy and philosophy, historical changes of ethics, overview of basic ethical courses and paradigms, personalities in history of ethics, contribution of ethical categories to life, ethical inspiration for economy, new conceptions of ethics, social events and ethics, relationship between ethics and business, economic pragmatism, utilitarianism and liberalism, introduction to ethics of management, firm strategy and ethics, ethical management, ethical codex, ethical auditing, moral personality development, ethics in firm culture, ethical dilemmas in manager's activities, non-ethical examples in behaviour, corruption, lobbying, self-experienced training in ethics, implementation of ethics to firms.


Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of ethic principles and their connections with management. Understanding of human change in 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 social science information is needed, common orientation in foundations of psychology, sociology, philosophy, sociology or philosophy is welcomed, interest in ethical topics, recognising of society.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

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Recommended or required reading

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Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

1. Introduction to ethics. Importance of ethics. Concept and benefits of ethics. Managerial and business ethics. Ethics and morality.
2. Basic elements of ethical theories. Traditional and modern concept. Introduction to history of ethics. Human being and ethics.
3. Historical-developmental changes of ethics, important ethical courses and personalities, heritage for nowadays.
4. Ethics in Modern Ages. Relativism, material ethics of values, positivism, new concepts of ethics. Contemporary ethical discourses.
5. Transformation of ethics to business. Economic pragmatism, utilitarianism, liberalism and neoliberalism.
6. Introduction to ethics of management. Ethics of direction and accountability. Ethical decision-making process.
7. Relationship between ethics and business. Personal morality and firm values, ethical-professional manager's profile.
8. Manager and ethics - perspectives and changes. Moral development of a manager's personality. Dichotomy in managerial praxis.
9. Ethics implementation, nature and importance. Moral firm development. Public relations.
10. Integration of ethics to firm culture. Role of ethics in firm development strategy. Corporate social responsibility.
11. Ethics in firm management activity. Ethics of work relations in firm. Moral culture of contemporary businessman.
12. Ethical codex, examples. Ethical firm auditing. Non-ethical examples in behaviour, prevention and their solution.
13. Self-assessment exercise in the area of ethics. Ethical-social catechism.


Orientation in subject, ability to aplicate 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-SIS Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

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