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Unit Code: ACC704

Unit Name: Business Ethics and Governance

Description: Ethics and governance came into vogue as academic subjects in the 1970s and following increasing corporate scandals have attracted increasing attention. By examining the paradoxes of ethics grounded in collective good against the countervailing notions of ethics legitimizing pursuit of individual gains made possible by free market capitalism, responsible for the greatest strides in economic progress of human history, this unit aims to dispel some misconceptions and expose possible untenable justifications for the increasing focus on business and managerial ethics as a panacea. In his book, Weber argues that Puritan ethics and ideas influenced the development of capitalism, to which we owe almost whatever we have now. Religious devotion, however, usually accompanied a rejection of worldly affairs, including the pursuit of wealth and possessions. But without wealth and possessions where would we stand today?

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Prerequisite: ACC601

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 16

Offered In: Semester 2