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Sustainability in Business & Society

level of course unit

2. Master study cycle

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students are able to:
• understand the connections between economy, society and politics against the background of individual and organi-zational 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 and integrate them into management considerations.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Course of the first academic year

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

term paper

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

recommended optional program components


course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)