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MM359B – Business Ethics for International Business

Module Code and Title

MM359B – Business Ethics for International Business

Module Convenor

Dr Adeyinka Adewale

Type of Assessment

☒ Essay                                       ☐ In-Class Test

  • Report                                     ☐ Group Report
  • Project                                    ☐ Group Presentation
  • Practical Skills Exercise     ☐ Portfolio Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

Weighting of Assessment

100% of the overall mark

Submission Deadline

4th April 2022, 2pm.

The deadline is 14:00, you need to have submitted by 13:59 - if

you submit at 14:00 this will count as late

Submission Point

(Blackboard/Turnitin/Other)

BlackBoard

Items to be Submitted

CW1: 3000 words individual essay

Individual or Group

Assessment

☒ Individual                                ☐ Group

Module Convenor Office Hours/Opportunities for

advice and feedback

Drop in virtual office meetings/sessions scheduled weekly. Appointments can be pre-booked to help allocate slots within the

office hour

 

1. What is the Purpose of This Assessment?

 
  Text Box: 1. What is the Purpose of This Assessment?
 

 

The following table shows which of the module learning outcomes are being assessed in this assignment. Use this table to help you see the connection between this assessment and your learning on the module.

 

Module Learning Outcomes Being Assessed

  1. An in depth and critical understanding of and comparison of various ethical frameworks beyond ethical relativism, a refined understanding of key theories and terms (which were taught in more introductory ethics courses) involved in ethical evaluation and decision making.
  2. Confident analytic capacity and expert terminology demonstrating evaluative, synthetic and comparative thinking applied to (a) appreciating the complexity and the apprehension of purely economic versus ethical dimensions of action involved in international business and management, and (b) applying different ethical perspectives, concepts and concerns in evaluating business, government and societal problems, and alternative ways of action in international business and management.
  3. An apprehension of how some of the key theory concepts are being contextualised in specific business and societies with a focus in international contexts.
  4. A more confident capacity

 

Text Box: 5.		for applying critically ethical theory for the evaluation, decision making and debates of alternative action in international business, government and society contexts.

 

2. What is the Task for this Assessment?

 
  Text Box: 2. What is the Task for this Assessment?
 

 

 

Task (attach a separate briefing document if required)

Individual essay: Students need to individually submit 3000 words essay covering their answers and analysis to the chosen topic option.

 

Option 1

In 2015-6 a joint decision had been taken by Google, Facebook and Twitter that any accounts and or messages with a content that contains racist and /or homophobic comments, or that motivates towards the committing of violent and unlawful acts will be automatically erased without any prior notification or the consent of the account owner(s), whoever they are. See article here Facebook, Google, Twitter agree to delete hate speech in 24 hours:

Germany | Reuters

 

(a)          Utilise TWO ethical theories to analyse this joint action. Critically compare and contrast the positions of these theories on the given subject matter focusing on what these two theories recommend as potential solution.

 

Option 2

A great deal of plastic and various non-biodegradable rubbish is being thrown carelessly into the nature and even governments in many parts of the world do not do enough or lack awareness of how rubbish disposal accumulated is killing the water and other natural resources and life in the planet. It is simply non-sustainable and a rethink is needed on rubbish disposal as landfill solution as it proves to be hugely polluting water resources.

This has been a recent focus in the press, for example see About 26,000 tonnes of plastic Covid waste pollutes world’s oceans – study | Pollution | The Guardian

 

(a) Utilise TWO ethical theories to analyse this problem. Critically compare and contrast the positions of these theories on the given subject matter focusing on what these two theories recommend as

potential solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Text Box: 3. What is Required of me in this Assessment?

 

 

Guidelines/Details of How to Prepare Your Submission

  • Individual essay: Students must research and read obligatory and suggested coursebooks as well as relevant information, research and news coverage regarding their chosen topic for the individual essay.

 

  • Academic quality and critical analysis are important: Academic quality and critical analysis are extremely important for individual essay. Therefore, practicing application of concepts, theories, models and frameworks through a combination of knowledge learnt on the module and concrete examples related to your chosen topic option must be

provided. Ensuring well supported, logical flow of throughts and arguments is also important

The assessment criteria to

be used for marking this piece of work

Refer to the marking criteria rubric at the end of this document.

Self-Regulation: Make sure That You…

  • Submit the most recent version of your essay at the point of submission and do not confuse a draft submission (for plagiarism checks) for a final submission.

 

  • Allow sufficient time to upload and submit your essay. Hardware or internet malfunction do not count for extenuating circumstance.

Three Key Pieces of Advice Based on the Feedback Given to the Previous Cohort who Completed This Assignment

  • Make sure to answer all parts of the question clearly. Organise your thoughts and arguments in the best possible way to deliver your essential points.

 

  • You are required to apply theory in making well-structured, coherent arguments. The focus must be on the critical application of relevant theories and not merely describing them in your essays. In addition to using theory, you are also strongly encouraged to use empirical research as well as practical examples in your essays.

 

  • Please reference throughout the essay and provide a full reference list at the end according to the Harvard referencing system. Not referencing properly will be penalized (See marking rubric)

For Group Work Only:

Elements of Group Working:

 

  • Classroom briefing by Module Convenor
  • Regular meetings of all team members
  • Record and keep evidence of meetings (agenda/minutes)
  • Record attendance and member contributions
  • Team reflection document
  • Submit Peer Assessment required

Formatting Guidelines

None (but use of sub-headings are recommended)

 

 

 

Word Limit/Guidance and Penalty Applied

3000 words (absolute maximum) -10% is allowed but not +10%

Referencing Style

Following the University guide:

https://libguides.reading.ac.uk/citing-references

Guidance on Academic Misconduct (including using Turnitin practice area)

The work you produce must be your own or that of members of your group if it is a group assessment.

 

You should ensure that the work you produce adheres to the

University’s statement on academic integrity and to the regulations regarding academic misconduct (such as plagiarism and cheating). You can find information about this at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/Policies/exa- misconduct.aspx

 

You are encouraged to put a draft of your work through the Turnitin practice area to satisfy yourself that the work is your own original work. You can find this in your module area on Blackboard. You can seek advice from the Module Convenor or your Programme Administrator.

 

 

4. What Resources Might I Use to Prepare My Work?

 
  Text Box: 4. What Resources Might I Use to Prepare My Work?
 

 

 

 

 

  • Read the recommended text book by Michael Sandel and suggested bibliography
  • Reading recent articles on outlets like The Financial Times (get free access from the Henley Library) or The Economist is also useful to keep abreast of current developments and global business decisions that often include ethical considerations for different stakeholders.
  • Annual reports of the companies where necessary also provide great insights (available from company websites). The annual reports will provide you with a vital source of practical ethical and sustainable activities/decision making. This will broaden your understanding of the application/misapplication of ethical theories that are presented in the lectures.
 
  Text Box: •	Read the recommended text book by Michael Sandel and suggested bibliography
•	Reading recent articles on outlets like The Financial Times (get free access from the Henley Library) or The Economist is also useful to keep abreast of current developments and global business decisions that often include ethical considerations for different stakeholders.
•	Annual reports of the companies where necessary also provide great insights (available from company websites). The annual reports will provide you with a vital source of practical ethical and sustainable activities/decision making. This will broaden your understanding of the application/misapplication of ethical theories that are presented in the lectures.
 

 

 

 

5. Late Submission Arrangements

 
  Text Box: 5. Late Submission Arrangements
 

 

 

Point of Submission : Click or tap here to enter text.

Late Submission Penalty: ☒ The University standard penalty apply

  • Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

Plagiarism:

☒ The University’s standard policy on Academic Misconduct applies

  • Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

 

 

 

 

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Text Box: 6. Feedback Arrangements

 

Timing of feedback:

☒ Within 15 days of submission deadline

 

  • When examinations marks are released

 

  • Other Click or tap here to enter text.

Type of feedback:

 

☒ Mark                                               ☐ Generic Feedback

☒ Individual Feedback                   ☐ Comments written on the assessment

  • Audio Feedback                           ☐ Video Feedback
  • Breakdown of Mark                    ☐ Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

Location of Feedback:

 

☒ Blackboard                                        ☐ Turnitin                              ☐ RISIS

  • Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

 

Assessment Criteria Rubric for Marking

 

Module Code: MM359B         Module Title: Business Ethics for International Business         Assessment Task: Individual Essay                                              Academic Year: 2021/22

 

 

GRADE BANDS

FIRST CLASS

2:1

2:2

3RD (THRESHOLD)

FAIL

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

80+ OUTSTANDING

70 – 79

EXCELLENT

60 – 69

VERY GOOD

50 – 59

GOOD

40 – 49

SATISFACTORY

39 AND BELOW

Evidence of Knowledge:

Detail and depth of subject knowledge; relevance of the knowledge to the topic

Extremely detailed and relevant

Very detailed and relevant

Detailed and relevant

Adequately detailed and relevant

Detailed and relevant only in parts

Not detailed and relevant

Evidence of scholarship:

Ability for logical problem definition; and use of examples to illustrate

arguments

Extremely logical and well argued

Highly logical and well argued

Logical and well argued

Fairly logical and well argued

Not always logical and well argued

Confused

Academic Criticality:

Application of relevant theory and evidence, use of business examples,

critical discussion and conclusions

Extremely critical

Highly critical

Critical

Fairly critical

Not always critical

Not critical

Originality and Independence Evidence of original and creative approach when considering moral arguments detailed in the question;

evidence of independent thinking

Extremenly original and independent

Highly original and independent

Original and independent

Fairly original and independent

Not original and independent enough

Not original and independent

Structure and style:

Clarity of organisation and structure; excellence in communication of

arguments and style

Extremely well- structured

Very well-structured

Well-structured

Adequately structured

Not sufficiently structured

Not structured

 

 

Note: Student coursework must adhere to the University of Reading policy on Academic Misconduct. Further information is available at: https://www.reading.ac.uk/exa-misconduct.aspx

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