Why ‘Business’?

“Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.” (Einstein) But where does this leave business?

Are some ways of making money inherently better or worse than others? Where do you draw the line and why?  Confront issues such as discrimination, equality, sustainability and social responsibility. What are the pros and cons of capitalism, consumerism, modernity – and how do we manage these? What part does the legal system play in enshrining fair and ethical dealings? What happens when things go wrong? And was Einstein right when he said we should: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomoprrow"? 

Make the most of your discovery modules

Remember, you should be aiming to to put together a good, coherent set of discovery modules, based on what you're most interested in. Here is a reminder of our two suggested approaches:

  1. Choose a range of modules that build up your knowledge around a particular theme. These might be all from one academic discipline, or they might offer different disciplinary perspectives on the same topics.
  2. Choose an academic discipline (eg law, ethics, sociology, theology, history) and choose a set of modules which will enable you progressively to deepen your skills in that discipline.

Once you have identified some possible modules to take, look at which school or subject-area is providing them. This will help you understand what perspective on the subject they will take, and what methods they will be using. This is important in helping you to understand what you should (and should not) expect from particular modules. For example:

  • If you want the tools and skills to answer questions about ethics in business, the disciplines most likely to provide this are ethics and Leeds University Business School.
  • If your interest is in the relationship between religion and business (theology and religious studies) or politics and business (political science), or social policy and business (sociology and social policy), there are other subject-areas that may offer relevant modules.
  • If what you are interested in is how these questions have in fact been approached in the past (history), in literature (English, various modern languages, classics), in art (fine art), or if you are interested in how different attitudes to ethical and religious issues in business shape people’s interactions and behaviour (sociology, psychology, criminology), there are different disciplines devoted to each of these approaches.
  • The first 4 characters of the module code tell you which subject area provides the module. 

If you’re attracted to this sub-theme, you might also like to explore the discovery modules in ‘Enterprise and Innovation'.

Business modules

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