MPH_ETPO Business and Environmental Ethics

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 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 (lecturer)
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
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 60 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/60, only registered: 30/60, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 29/60
Fields of study 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
  • TUGENDHAT, Ernst. Přednášky o etice. Translated by Josef Moural. Vyd. 1. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2004. 311 s. ISBN 8072980866. info
  • KOLÁŘ, Petr and Vladimír SVOBODA. Logika a etika : úvod do metaetiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Filosofia, 1997. 276 s. ISBN 8070071001. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • RAWLS, John. Teorie spravedlnosti. Translated by Karel Berka. Praha: Victoria Publishing, 1995. 361 s. ISBN 8085605899. info
  • FRANKENA, William K. Ethics [Frankena, 1963]. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1963. xiii, 109. info
Teaching methods
The class consists of lectures joined with discussions and seminars.
Assessment methods
Final exam is písemná. It is evaluated on a 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
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Inovace studia ekonomických disciplín v souladu s požadavky znalostní ekonomiky (CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0227)" which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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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.
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