Courses & Units

Managerial Social Responsibility BMA250


Sound and effective management and leadership require not only financial and technical expertise but also ethical competency. This unit provides a focus on ethical decision-making, and in particular introduces a series of frameworks for discerning what is right and wrong in important areas of business practice. Ethical competency is the ability to, a) perceive the ethical implications of a situation, b) engage in sound ethical reasoning, and c) develop sustainable problem-solving strategies.


Unit name Managerial Social Responsibility
Unit code BMA250
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Mark Wickham
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA|Universal College of Higher Education Hong Kong
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Accelerated Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Accelerated Study Period 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hong Kong Universal Ed Semester 1 On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Accelerated Study Period 1 5/2/2024 28/2/2024 21/3/2024 5/5/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe theories and concepts of ethical reasoning
  • Explain the ethical issues of relevance to a business context
  • Apply ethical reasoning to make evidence-based management decisions
  • Communicate complex ethical analyses and judgements using a team-based approach

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



1 x introductory level, or higher, unit

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

BMA350, BMA391-A, BMA291-A, BAA310


AssessmentLive Case Analysis (30%)|Team Case Analyses x 2 (30%)|Capstone Assessment (40%)
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There is no prescribed text for this unit. See MyLO for access to the required readings in this unit. 


Carroll, AB, Brown J & Bocholtz, AK 2017, Business and society: Ethics and stakeholder management, 10th ed., Cengage, Stamford.

Crane, D, Matten, D, Glozer, s & Spence, L 2019, Business ethics: Managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalization, 5th ed., Oxford University Press, UK. 

De George, RT 2013, Business ethics, International ed., Pearson, UK.

Hartman, LP, DesJardins, JR & McDonald, C 2017, Business ethics: Decision making for personal integrity & social responsibility 4th ed., McGraw-Hill, Sydney.

Kofman, P & Paine C 2018, A matter of trust: The practice of ethics in finance, Melbourne University Press, Victoria.

Shaw, WH, Barry, V, Issa, T, Catley, B & Muntean, D 2016. Moral issues in business, 3rd ed., Cengage, Victoria.

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