21513 Business Ethics and Sustainability
Assessment 2: Case Study (Individual)
Assessment Criteria Unsatisf.
50 - 64 Credit
65 - 74 Distinction
75 - 84 High Dist
Identifies core ethical and/or sustainability issues facing contemporary business/organisations
Applies relevant theoretical/philosophical understandings of ethics and/or sustainability to critically appraise business/organizational behavior
Demonstrates an ability to develop, and clearly articulate in written text, an informed position on business
Ethics and/or sustainability
Demonstrates awareness of the implied and explicit ethical and/or sustainability positions in their own, others and organisations words
Uses publically available sources of information to effectively research and present a case study in business ethics
Uses and correctly cites academic journal articles, recommended text books, other academics resources, and/or lectures to build an effective/convincing argument
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will .)ur chosen topic as relevant to business ethi. and sustainability. This will mean that the assignment is not simply a matter of testing whether you
have iearnea wnat is coverea in class, but rather it is a learning experience in and of itself. Central to this learning will be your ability to develop your own perspectives, argument, and critical appreciation of ethical issues related to business: these are skills and sensitivities that can in turn guide you in your current and/or future professional practice.
Please manage your time well in completing this Assessment. This Assessment cannot be done at the last minute.
1. The first step Ate identify a case study of business ethics and/or sustainability that has been reported in the news. The idea to select a case for which ample information is available in the public domain. The events in the case must have occurred, at least in part, in 2016. There are many possible types of cases that you can choose, and it is recommended that you choose a case that is related to your own personal interests. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Corporate scandals
- Environmental disasters
- Corporate sustainability programs
- Climate change and business
- Waste management
- Worker exploitation
- Positive ethical programs
- Issues in international business ethics
- Corruption cases
- Tax avoidance/evasion
- Corporate fraud
- Unfair business practises
- Illegal corporate activity
- Issues related to ethics consumption
2. Once you have selected your case you will need to identify sources of information on which to base your report. the information you use should be from the public domain. This could include:
- Newspaper articles (online and print)
- Magazine articles (online and print)
- Television programs (e.g. news and documentaries)
AI sources must be cited,
3. Once you are familiar with the case you will need to analyse it using relevant academic readings. Write about the main ethical/sustainability issues that are in place. Who and what
are the key stakeholders involved? How have they been affected by these issues? Are the issues mentioned organisation-specific, industry/sector-wide, or of a national or global nature?
4. The report should be structured as follows:
A Introduction Is. 500 words): Introduce the nature of the case, the ways that it relates to business ethics and/or sustainability, and summarise the main arguments that will be made.
B. Case description (750-1000 words): Provide a description of the case by outlining any relevant background information, telling the story of what happened, describing which people and institutions were involved, and the effects of what happened.
C. Analysis of ethical and/or sustainability issues (750-1000 words): Apply the relevant academic readings in this subject outline, textbooks, Journal of Business Ethics articles, and/or other academic articles related to business ethics to evaluate the events in the case. Assess these events in relation to who was effected (positively or negatively) and how ethical issues were or were not accounted for by the actions of the major stakeholders.
D. Recommendations ( 500 words): Based on your analysis make recommendations as to what can be learned from the case.
E. Conclusion ( 500 words): Summarise the main points and conclusions of your report.
F. Source Data References: List out the sources of information you used for the case study.
G. Academic References: List the academic articles and/or books that you referenced in the report.
5. The report should be a maximum of 4000 words (+/- 200 words) excluding references. Citations and referencing must follow the Harvard or APA Style Guide.
6. At a minimum, recommended textbooks, academic articles and/or lectures must be cited and referenced. At least 5 academic articles must be cited with a maximum of 50 references apply. You will also need to reference news media and other sources in order to provide information about the case. No Wikipedia or blogs should be used.
7. Further guidance on this assignment will be provided in the lectures and tutorials, with the tutorials in week 3 and 6 being specifically dedicated to assisting you with preparing the report. Please see UTS HELPS for advice on writing academic reports. Alternatively, bring your drafts to your tutorials so your tutor can provide personalised guidance.
8. This assessment must be planned as much in advance as possible. Have a clear, time management sequence for the completion of this assessment. There will be no extensions or resubmissions allowed for this assessment. A late penalty of 10%/day will apply in most circumstances excepting illness.
3000 words (+/- 200 words) excluding Cover Sheet, Table of Contents, Appendices and References.
Thursday 19 October 2017
Your report is due on 19 OCTOBER. and should be submitted through Tumitin. A late penalty of 10./0/day applies.
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