Singapore University of Social Sciences

Sustainability, Ethics and Law

Sustainability, Ethics and Law (BUS308)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 15 December 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Business Administration

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


BUS308 Sustainability, Ethics and Law focuses on the role of ethics and law in businesssustainability. Businesses operate in an environment defined not only by market forces, but also byethical, legal, political and cultural obligations. This course introduces students to ethical and legalchallenges they will face as business people, managers, and entrepreneurs. Students will learn aboutbroad sustainability issues involving business, and how business managers, constrained by law andmotivated 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 technologyacross business areas also means that data privacy and cyber-security are now crucial aspects ofbusiness ethics and compliance. In this era where customer data and greater understanding ofcustomers drives businesses to become more competitive than ever, there must be a line drawn suchthat personal customer data are protected from being exploited by businesses for profits. Studentswill learn about the various applicable data privacy and security laws and standards that businessesought to take into account to foster business sustainability. Fundamentally, this is a course aboutjudgment. Students will learn to think critically and make judgments in a sustainability-orientedbusiness context that will broaden individual and business priorities far beyond traditional businessaims of profit.

Level: 3
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, and the role that ethics and law play in sustainability
  • Recognise ethical and legal problems and issues that arise in business contexts, and discuss ethical theories and frameworks used in analysing business decisions
  • Appraise the compliance of business practices with the prevailing applicable laws
  • Apply the various ethical theories and frameworks to business situations
  • Formulate an appropriate judgment(s) in making sustainability-oriented business decisions
  • Recommend solutions and improvements for ethical and legally compliant business practices that promote sustainability
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