Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici

Socially Responsible Business

Socially Responsible Business

In this course, students will acquire competencies in issues related to business ethics and corporate social responsibility. The course focuses on building awareness of the moral values and reasons why people engage in unethical behavior. It helps to develop critical attitude towards immoral conduct, corruption, corporate wrongdoing, and biases. It not only points out the corporate perception of ethics and responsible behavior, but also attempts to reveal the psychological causes for ethical vs. unethical behavior and thus open multiple possibilities to respond to it. The course is taught with the understanding that absolute-virtue is unobtainable in an economic enterprise, however, by using the guidance of transparency, accountability, and universality, an enterprise can avoid the pitfalls of wrong-doing. A part of this course includes active research and experimentation into the cognitive biases that represent the root of unethical behavior.


Course title: Socially Responsible Business

Number of credits: 5

Course duration: September – December (day and time will be announced in September 2021)

Maximum capacity: 20 students

Language: English

Lecturer: PhDr. Dana Benčiková, PhD., M. A. David Austin Cole, PhD.

Learning hoursWithin the 3 classes, 2 (80 minutes) are conducted in form of a lecture, where theoretical background to each topic is introduced. Lectures are meant to be interactive, i.e. student participation in discussions is highly appreciated. The third class is a seminar (another 40 minutes) where the theory is practiced through various activities, including student research, experimenting and active discussions about solutions to problems on the given issues.

Methodology: e-learning course (MS Teams and Moodle)


Anita Dienešová, anita.dienesova@umb.sk 
Petra Žaludová, petra.zaludova@umb.sk 

Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica