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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

BUSN 6011: Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

NOTE: For registration please contact Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics General Program Inquiries (Email: or Tel: 1-877-663-4087).

Students become more effective decision makers by examining the meaning and role of ethics in the business environment, and the social responsibility of business organizations. Topics include the relationship between business and society; identifying stakeholders and issues; the theoretical basis of business ethics; business ethics in management and leadership; the concept of corporate social responsibility; corporate social responsibility in practice; regulating business; ownership and governance of the corporation; environmental and business responsibilities; globalization and business responsibilities; and ethics, responsibilities, and strategy.

Learning outcomes

  • Incorporate the concept of Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into business decisions.
  • Justify the importance of Ethics and CSR to business and corporate organizations.
  • Apply a pragmatic and pluralistic approach to business ethics and CSR
  • Evaluate how decisions are actually made in business ethics.
  • Critique various tools for managing Business Ethics.
  • Explain ethical issues that are found in corporate governance and shareholder relationships.
  • Explain the rights and duties of employees to the organization and the issues around this stakeholder group.
  • Discuss and evaluate the issues arising from the relationship between business organizations and consumers.
  • Identify the key ethical elements with respect to suppliers and competitors.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between business and civil society organizations (CSO).
  • Critically evaluate government as a stakeholder to business organizations.
  • Review the implications of corporate citizenship for business ethics.

Course topics

  • Called to Ethical Leadership
  • Explore your Moral Compass
  • Solving Ethical Problems
  • Preparing for Common Ethical Management Problems
  • Organizational Values
  • Legal Compliance and Performance
  • Managing for Internal Ethical Conduct
  • (Un)Ethical Leadership & Organizations
  • Profit: Business For What & For Whom?
  • Managing for External Social Accountability
  • People: Social Responsibility
  • Plant: Sustainable Organizations

Required text and materials

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. Please see the list of required textbooks here:

Please note that publishers may offer several package options that include additional resource material not required in your course. You may purchase a package of your choice as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.

If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact They will be happy to assist you.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Assignment 1:
Ethical Dilemma Analysis
Discussion Forum Assignment 1:
Posts, Response Summary and Reflection from question in Unit 1 and Unit 7.
Discussion Forum Assignment 2:
Posts, Response Summary and Reflection from question in Unit 8 and Unit 9.
Assignment 2, Part 1:
Company Evaluation Group Project
Assignment 2, Part 2:
Company Evaluation Group Project – Peer Evaluation
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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