This unit examines moral issues in the contemporary business world from both a corporate and individual perspective. Drawing upon Catholic Social Teaching and other Christian perspectives, the unit will look at issues relating to ethical conduct in business, Christian leadership values, corporate social responsibility, globalisation and its ethical dimensions, sustainability, and the rights and expectations of the consumer.

Unit code: DT3260C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Moral Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate the importance of biblical moral themes as they relate to business ethics.


Explain the Catholic Moral Tradition as it relates to issues of ethics in business.


Articulate the common core values which would characterise an ecumenical approach to business ethics.


Identify and examine specific moral issues relating to contemporary business practices.

Unit sequence

This unit is designed to have wide appeal. There are no prerequisite units. Knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching would be advantageous but is not essential.


Option A: Learners will engage with weekly lecture input, directed reading activities, facilitated peer discussions, electronic resources and formative feedback to achieve the learning outcomes. OR Option B: Learners will engage in intensive mode with lecture input, directed reading activities, facilitated peer discussion, electronic resources and formative feedback, to achieve the learning outcomes. OR Option C: Learners will engage in mixed-mode learning through 36 engagement hours (24 hours on-campus mode plus 12 hours online mode), directed reading activities, personal study through electronic resources and assessment tasks, to achieve the learning outcomes.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by J.A.K. Thomson. London: Penguin Classics, 2004.
  • Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate. Encyclical Letter. 2009.
  • Betta, Michela. Ethicmentality – Ethics in Capitalist Economy, Business and Society. Heidelberg: Springer, 2016.
  • Bowie, Norman E. Business Ethics in the 21st Century. Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
  • Flynn, Gabriel, ed. Leadership and Business Ethics. Heidelberg: Springer, 2008.
  • Francis. Evangelii Gaudium. Apostolic Exhortation. 2013.
  • Gregg, Samuel. For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2016.
  • Melé, Domènec & Martin Schlag, eds. Humanism in Economics and Business: Perspectives of the Catholic Social Tradition. Heidelberg: Springer, 2015.
  • Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. Final Report. Canberra, ACT: Commonwealth of Australia, 2019.
  • Wright, Clive. The Business of Virtue. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

Case Study

1000 30.0


4000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 20 Jul, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-06 14:21:18 +1000