Description du cours

Intitulé de l'Unité d'Enseignement

CSR and Ethics

Code de l'Unité d'Enseignement


Année académique

2019 - 2020



Nombre de crédits


Nombre heures







Langue d'enseignement


Enseignant responsable

RUWET Coline

Objectifs et contribution de l'Unité d'Enseignement au programme

Two main objectives are linked to this course:
- Develop future managers’ ability to cope with ethical dilemmas and implement their ethical choices accurately and concisely, while being aware of the objections to their decisions that could arise.
- Develop an understanding of and a critical approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a whole and understand the semantic and operational ambiguities inherent in the concept and the diversity of its tools, without being naive and/or cynical

Prérequis et corequis


Description du contenu

1. Business ethics and sustainability : theory & seminar (Coline Ruwet)
- Definitions: sustainability, ethics, ethical dilemma…
- Ethical decision making : descriptive and normative ethical theories
- Critical perspective on CSR and Sustainability
- Sustainable innovations

2. “Management and strategy of CSR in business (and practical cases)" (J. Spelkens)
- CSR strategy in business
- Values within the organization: ethical charter

Méthodes pédagogiques

The oral lessons are dedicated to ex-cathedra presentations, case studies, group work and testimony of professionals. It is strongly advisable to take an active part in the course in order to benefit from a concrete approach through illustrations and examples developed during the course. These illustrations will not necessarily be included in the documents distributed.

Mode d'évaluation

There are three AA linked to this course, for each of them there is a specific assessment of your performance:
(1) Business ethics and Sustainability: theory (30%)
For January and August 2020
The written exam will cover all the sessions (except Jacques Spelkens lectures). The objective of the exam is to estimate the quality of the knowledge and critical perspectives with respect to the courses and conferences. The exam includes multiple choice questions, open questions about theory.
(2) Business ethics and Sustainability: seminar (40%)
The aim of the seminar is to estimate the capacity to apply concretely concepts taught in the lecture.
January 2020
40% Group work (see instructions on Moodle)

August 2020
40% of the result will be based on the resolution of a case study.

(3) “Management and strategy of CSR in business (and practical cases)" (30%)
Written work on the lectures given by Jacques Spelkens (instructions given during the lectures).

The access to the seminar is restricted to students in the master 60 program. Students registered in the Master 120 program follow the CSR seminar in May together with students in the french program.

Références bibliographiques

- Crane A. & Matten D. (2015), Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Sachs, J. (2015), The Age of Sustainable Development, Columbia University Press.
- Sandel, M. (2010), Justice: what’s the right thing to do?, London : Penguin Book.