Module Details

BE467-7-SP-CO: Managing For Ethics And Sustainability

Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Ms Sandra Moog
Teaching Staff: Ms Sandra Moog
Contact details: Email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The objective of this module is to equip students with an understanding of key issues and debates around ecological sustainability, governance and corporate ethics and responsibility, reflecting the fact that these discourses have been gaining in importance in the business world and society at large in recent years. The module is distinctly inter-disciplinary in nature, taking into account that issues of ethics and sustainability have been discussed in a variety of academic disciplines as well as policy and managerial fields for a long time. This module will introduce a range of theories to understand the relationship between management and corporations on the one hand, and society and nature on the other. A range of practical cases and examples will be drawn on that range from environmental disasters to corporate greed and from executive pay to ethical bottled water. The module will be very interactive, while students are expected to engage with the topics discussed in a critical, theoretical and practical manner.

Module Aims

The module has been designed to:
1. Provide an understanding of corporate ethics and sustainability in relation to management theories and practices;
2. Provide an insight into contemporary issues of business ethics and environmental sustainability and enable students to engage with, critique, and propose possible solutions to these problems;
3. Explore possibilities for managing organisations in more ethical and sustainable ways;
4. Develop students' abilities to tackle theoretical and empirical problems, regarding ethical and sustainability issues in management, through class discussion, reading, case analysis, participation, and assessment.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the students should be able to:
1. Understand the historical context for the rise of concerns about sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility;
2. Understand issues of ethical and sustainable supply chain management and the role of a variety of different stakeholders;
3. Understand and critique green and ethical management, marketing and other corporate communication approaches;
4. Critically engage with and understand a variety of different cases and examples of corporate behavior in relation to ethics and sustainability.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures and Classes

Attendance at lectures is strictly required, and note taking during the lecture is essential. In class we will read cases, academic papers and watch the occasional video/ film, which will form the basis for class discussion. Participation and interactivity is very much encouraged for students to get the best out of this module. Additional reading in textbooks and other academic sources is required at home. 5 out of the 10 sessions will be student-led; students will give a group presentation which will form the basis of the class discussion.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


One group presentation (25%) One 2,500 word essay (25%)

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

This module is compulsory for:

MSc in International Management
MSc in Management

Postgraduate Administrator - Jade D'Mello

Further information