MKH_ETPO Business and Environmental Ethics

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
13/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mag. Dr. Eva Born (lecturer)
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Rainer Born (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Tomáš Ondráček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Peter Kelemen (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mag. Dr. Eva Born
Department of Corporate Economy - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Vlasta Radová
Supplier department: Department of Corporate Economy - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Sat 22. 2. 12:00–15:50 P104, Sat 7. 3. 12:00–15:50 P104, Sat 4. 4. 12:00–15:50 P104
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The goal of the course is to acquaint students with fundamental concepts and notions of ethics and to show their application in business ethics.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:
- reproduce the main issues of the basic areas of ethics;
- briefly describe meaning of basic ethical notions;
- describe selected problems of ethics;
- describe these problems in practical examples;
- describe and compare selected solutions to these problems.
  • 1. Introduction to ethics
  • a. metaethics
  • - moral objectivism, moral relativism (cultural, individual)
  • - cognitivism, non-cognitivism
  • - naturallistic fallacy (open question argument), is-ought problem, morallistic fallacy
  • - egoism vs. altruism (personal advantages vs. empathy)
  • b. normative/material ethics
  • - deontology: imperative (hypothetical, categorical), moral obligaion, moral law
  • - teleology and virtue ethics: defining notion of virtue, axiology
  • - consequentialism: moral space and person, the trolley problem (Edmonds) and other examples
  • 2. Applied ethics
  • a. fundamental concepts of applied ethics
  • - laws, ethical codes, regulations, norms
  • - ethical committees
  • - enforceability (ought to implies can)
  • b. ethics in specific disciplines
  • - medical ethics
  • - ethics in law and politics
  • - ethics in research and science
  • - publishing ethics
  • c. selected problems of applied ethics
  • - Knobe effect (side effect effect)
  • - speciesism
  • - vegetarianism, veganism, …
  • - laws of animals
  • d. business ethics
  • - social ethics, ethics in leadership
  • - decision making problems
  • - workplace ethics (motivation, rewards, resource management)
  • - politics, companies, and environment
  • 3. Study of ethics in other disciplines
  • a. stages of moral development
  • b. experimental ethics
    required literature
  • The SAGE encyclopedia of business ethics and society. Edited by Robert W. Kolb. Second edition. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2018. lix, 511. ISBN 9781483381527. info
  • SANDEL, Michael J. Spravedlnost: co je správné dělat. Translated by Tomáš Chudý. První české vydání. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, nakladatelství Karolinum, 2015. 303 stran. ISBN 9788024630656. info
  • RAWLS, John. Teorie spravedlnosti. Translated by Karel Berka. Praha: Victoria Publishing, 1995. 361 s. ISBN 80-85605-89-9. info
    recommended literature
  • STRÁNSKÝ, Michal. Kdy brát etiku vážně: Persuasivní etika jako odpověď na otázku „A k čemu?“. 2015. Dostupné také z:
  • SEKNIČKA, Pavel and Anna PUTNOVÁ. Etika v podnikání a hodnoty trhu. První vydání. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2016. 199 stran. ISBN 9788024755458. info
  • ČERNÝ, David, Adam DOLEŽAL, Tomáš DOLEŽAL, Petr DVOŘÁK, Tomáš MARVAN and Vladimír MIKEŠ. Svoboda vůle a otýzka morální a trestní odpovědnosti. Vydání 1. Praha: Středisko společenských činností AV ČR, v.v.i. pro Kancelář Akademie věd ČR, 2016. 30 stran. ISBN 9788020026231. info
  • ČAPEK, Jakub, James HILL, Hynek JANOUŠEK, Jakub JIRSA, Pavel KOUBA, Kateřina MARKOVÁ, Tereza MATĚJČKOVÁ, Jakub SIROVÁTKA and Ondřej ŠVEC. Přístupy k etice II. Vydání první. Praha: Filosofia, 2015. 296 stran. ISBN 9788070074428. info
  • ŠPINKA, Štěpán, Lenka KARFÍKOVÁ, Ondřej KRÁSA, Vladimír MIKEŠ, Václav NĚMEC and Karel THEIN. Přístupy k etice I. Vydání první. Praha: Filosofia, 2014. 225 stran. ISBN 9788070074305. info
  • SINGER, Peter. Practical ethics. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. xiii, 337. ISBN 9780521707688. info
  • PUTNAM, Hilary. Ethics without ontology. 1st Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2005. ix, 160. ISBN 0674018516. info
  • SEN, Amartya Kumar. Etika a ekonomie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2002. 119 s. ISBN 8070215496. info
  • CHILDRESS, James Franklin. Practical reasoning in bioethics. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1997. xiv, 385. ISBN 0253332184. info
  • FRANKENA, William K. Ethics [Frankena, 1963]. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1963. xiii, 109. info
Teaching methods
The class consits of a self-preparation done by student at home and a consultation held at the faculty. For each consultation student is obliged to review given topics (theoretical preparation). In the class the information is delivered in the form of a lecture joined with discussions or solving a case study.
Assessment methods
Final exam písemná. It is evaluated on scale from A to F.
Any copying, recording or leaking tests, use of unauthorized tools, aids and communication devices, or other disruptions of objectivity of exams (credit tests) will be considered non-compliance with the conditions for course completion as well as a severe violation of the study rules. Consequently, the teacher will finish the exam (credit test) by awarding grade "F" in the Information System, and the Dean will initiate disciplinary proceedings that may result in study termination.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: tutorial 12 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2021.
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