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MANG6294 Responsible Leadership

Module Overview

This module covers the principles and practices of responsible leadership. It looks at the philosophical foundations of ethics and applies principles to real-life cases and hypothetical dilemmas. Techniques of ethical management are presented. Causes and consequences of unethical business practices are discussed, along with theories of ethical decision making.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the theories and practices of responsible leadership. This module aims to provide a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the main concepts of ethics, and their application to business and other organisations. The module will show how these concepts develop from the work of philosophers and the theories of economists and management thinkers. You will be given practice and guidance in showing responsible leadership at the individual and organisational level.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Have gained an awareness of the main ethical concepts underlying responsible leadership;
  • Understand how to give voice to values from the perspective of an employee and as a leader;
  • Understand how to implement responsible management practices;
  • Appreciate both short and long term consequences of ethical and unethical behaviour;
  • Understand the factors that affect the ethical behaviour of organisations and the individuals within them.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify ethical issues and resolve ethical dilemmas through application of theory to practice;
  • Achieve ethical confidence through practice in applying a logical and structured form of ethical analysis to complex business issues;
  • Gain confidence in social entrepreneurship, activism and responsible leadership.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop skills in critical thinking and presenting different points of view;
  • Develop skills in seeking out information from a range of online sources;
  • Develop skills in group work and group discussions for the class based group exercises;
  • Develop your written communication skills;
  • Develop analytical skills;
  • Develop persuasive and oral communication skills.

Syllabus

- Stakeholder theory and stakeholder management. - Ethical awareness and moral imagination. - Moral philosophy and ethical theories incorporating notions of rights, justice and virtue and sustainability. - Organisational ethics and business ethics management - how to translate values into policies, practices, and decision making. - Case studies of responsible leadership. - Giving voice to values – ethical empowerment in the workplace.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods will combine lectures with regular practical exercises, class discussions and informal group presentations. Structured ‘homework’ assignments are also carefully designed to enable reflective learning and engagement with key issues. This will include lectures, class discussions and group activities.

TypeHours
Teaching12
Independent Study63
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

UN global compact.

Corporate critic.

Article 13.

Ethical performance.

Sustainability.

Gentile Mary C. (2010). Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right. 

Crane, A. and D. Matten (2016). Business Ethics. 

Good corporation.

Business in the Community:.

Global ethics.

Assessment

Formative

Peer Group Feedback

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 70%
Group work activities 30%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Textbooks

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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