Singapore University of Social Sciences

Ethics, Law and Sustainability

Ethics, Law and Sustainability (BUS208)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Business Administration

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C), Resilience 2020

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: School of Business


BUS208 Ethics, Law and Sustainability focuses on the role of ethics and law in business sustainability. Businesses operate in an environment defined not only by market forces, but also by ethical, legal, political and cultural obligations. This course introduces students to ethical and legal challenges they will face as business people, managers, and entrepreneurs. Students will learn about broad sustainability issues involving business, and how business managers, constrained by law and motivated to act ethically and responsibly, should make decisions about the proper courses of action. With the rise of the digital economy, the increasing use and application of information technology across business areas also means that data privacy and cyber-security are now crucial aspects of business ethics and compliance. In this era where customer data and greater understanding of customers drives businesses to become more competitive, more than ever, there must be a line to draw such that personal customer data is protected from being exploited by businesses for profits. Students will learn about the various applicable data privacy and security laws and standards that businesses ought to take into account to foster business sustainability. Fundamentally, this is a course about judgment. Students will learn to think critically and make judgments in a sustainability-oriented business context that will broaden individual and business priorities far beyond traditional business aims of profit.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Concept of sustainability
  • Social responsibility of business
  • Sustainability issues
  • Ethical concepts and principles
  • Business ethics reasoning and decision-making
  • Corruption and bribery
  • Labour rights and environmental issues
  • Data protection
  • Privacy laws
  • Cyber-security laws
  • Information security governance
  • Whistleblowing

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the concept of sustainability and the emerging context of sustainable development
  • Show understanding of the role that ethics and law play in sustainability
  • Recognise ethical and legal problems and issues that arise in business contexts
  • Describe the various ethical theories and frameworks used in analysing business decisions
  • Apply the various ethical theories and frameworks to business situations
  • Appraise the compliance of business practices with the prevailing applicable laws
  • Present solutions and improvements for ethical and legally compliant business practices
  • Express an appropriate judgment in making sustainability-oriented business decisions
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