Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Supplementary Assignment Briefing

The module is assessed by an individual essay that is limited to a maximum of 4000 words, excluding the word count for your Title page and References list. You must provide your UB number and word count, excluding those for the Title page and References list.  

It should be submitted as a Word document by the deadline of 15.00 on 30 July 2021 through the module site on Canvas.

The Problem

In response to rising cases of Covid-19 infection throughout the UK and other EU member states, the UK government declared the epidemic a pandemic in March 2020 and raised a “stay-at-home” order, consequently imposing a national “lockdown” on employees visiting their places of work. Only essential services were to be undertaken by attendance and this, by selected employees, and only where presence in the workplace, or worksite, was necessary. This period of self-isolation and restricted workplace access extended but over this period teaching at schools, colleges and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) continued, either completely online or, when permitted, using a blended teaching approach of online and face-to-face contact.  

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

The Assignment

This has been an exacting and disruptive period, causing stress and adversely affecting all stakeholders for these teaching establishments, and the University of Bradford has been no exception. In this assignment you are to critically evaluate the measures taken by the University to discharge its duty of care for its stakeholders and, particularly, to defend and protect the learning experience, academic careers and health and wellbeing of its students and teaching staff. You need to appraise three major University policies or initiatives from an ethical decision-making standpoint as viewed both from the recipient and University’s perspectives. Positive affirmations of such initiatives, with justification, or detailed recommendations for reasoned superior alternatives, also with justifications, are required for each of the three cases.

Indicative Marking Scheme

  1. Discussion of the motivation and appropriateness of the identified policies/initiatives and-their effectiveness from the perspective of the University of Bradford and the recipients.                                                             [30%]
  2. Critical evaluation and justification of the policies/initiatives taken by the University, or recommendation and justification of alternatives, from an ethical decision-making perspective as viewed both by the University of Bradford and the recipients.                                                                         [45%]
  3. Identification and justification of the ethical theory, or ethical theories, underpinning each of the three selected policies/initiatives. [25%]

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