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Sustainability in Business & Society

level of course unit

1st Study cycle, Bachelor

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students are able to:
• understand the connections between economy, society and politics against the background of individual and organizational responsibility.
• recognize and critically discuss ethical issues in practice.
• differentiate between different approaches to corporate governance.
• reflect the demands of various stakeholders against an ethical background.

prerequisites and co-requisites

English version will be available soon

course contents

• Ethics and morals in theory and practice
• Discussion of orthodox management approaches (among others: principal agent theory, shareholder value approach) from an ethical perspective
• Soft- vs. hard-law and its influence on the sustainability of management decisions
• Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

recommended or required reading

• Crane, Andrew; Matten, Dirk: Business Ethics. Oxford University Press (latest edition)
• Schlegelmilch, Bodo, Szőcs, Ilona (Eds.): Rethinking Business Responsibility in a Global Context. Springer (latest edition)
• 1-2 current articles from professional journals

assessment methods and criteria


language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended Learning

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Peter Dietrich

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery