Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme:Bachelor Computer Science - Software and Information Engineering
Type of degree:FH BachelorĀ“s Degree Programme
 Summer Semester 2022

Course unit titleElective Seminar: Business Ethics
Course unit code0247606161
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Elective
Semester when the course unit is deliveredSummer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week2
Year of study2022
Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated3
Name of lecturer(s)Roland ALTON-SCHEIDL

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

The seminar is divided in two main parts: the theoretical foundation and practical training. In the first part, fundamental terms and historical theories of applied ethics are presented and discussed. We will also have a close look at current ethical issues, dilemma situations and the ongoing value debate. In the second part, each student works out a case study and applies a selected CSR method to a company. Among others, corporate goals, their relation to stakeholders, suppliers and employees, transparency, labour rights or environmental issues will be assessed. We will be discussing aspects of "a good life for all", environmental issues and hacker ethics. Optionally, an application for evaluating companies can be developed.

Learning outcomes

The students are sensitized by ethical reflections on the meaningfulness and consequences of economic and technological developments. Among other things, asked the question of what constitutes a "good life for everyone" and what are the requirements for this. The connection between successful action and compliance with ethical principles should be made conscious, but also questioned. Several CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) methods are taught and a case study implemented, focusing on the diverse relationships with "stakeholders".

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Assessment methods and criteria

Immanent and Case Study



Recommended or required reading

Alton, R, Ethify Yourself. Ethisch Leben und Wirtschaften, editionas 2012, available at FHV library and online at (partially translated in English)

Hopkins, M: Corporate Social Responsibility & International Development, 2006. Bradburn, R., Understanding Business Ethics, Continuum, 2001

Carroll, A. & Buchholtz, A., Business & Society: Ethics and Stakeholder Management (6th Ed.), Thomson, 2006

Crane, A. & Matten, D., Business Ethics: A European Perspective, Oxford, 2004

DesJardins, J. & McCall, J., Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics (5th Ed.), Thomson, 2005 Driver, J., Ethics: the Fundamentals, Blackwell, 2007

Frederick, R., (Ed.), A Companion to Business Ethics, Blackwell, 1999

Jennings, M., Business Ethics (Case Studies & Selected Readings), Thomson South-Western 2003

Larmer, R., Ethics in the Workplace (2nd Ed.), Wadsworth, 2002

ISO 26000 on CSR:

John Raidts Portal provides summaries of ethical debates.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Classroom teaching, case study, visiting an NGO

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