Christian Perspectives on Business Ethics


Rev. Dr Cameron Forbes Semester 2, 2020
Tuesday 6.00pm – 9.00pm

This unit examines moral issues in the contemporary business world from both a corporate and individual perspective. Drawing upon Catholic Social Teaching and other Christian perspectives, the unit will look at issues relating to ethical conduct in business, Christian leadership values, corporate social responsibility, globalisation and its ethical dimensions, sustainability, and the rights and expectations of the consumer.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August


DT2040C/3040C or DT2041C/3041C would be advantageous


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 1,000-word case study 30%
  • one 4,000-word essay 70%


  • Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Edited by Jonathan Barnes. Translated by J. A. K. Thomson and Hugh Tredennick. 3rd ed. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin Classics, 2004.
  • Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate. Encyclical Letter. 2009.
  • Betta, Michela. Ethicmentality: Ethics in Capitalist Economy, Business and Society. Issues in Business Ethics 45. Weisbaden: Springer, 2016.
  • Bowie, Norman E. Business Ethics in the 21st Century. Issues in Business Ethics 39. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013.
  • Flynn, Gabriel, ed. Leadership and Business Ethics. Issues in Business Ethics 25. Dordrecht: Springer, 2008.
  • Francis. Evangelii Gaudium. Apostolic Exhortation. 2013.
  • Gregg, Samuel. For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good. Spring Valley, NY: Crossroad, 2016.
  • Melé, Domènec, and Martin Schlag, eds. Humanism in Economics and Business: Perspectives of the Catholic Social Tradition. Issues in Business Ethics 43. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015.
  • Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. Final Report. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 2019.
  • Wright, Clive. The Business of Virtue. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004.