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Economics, Ethical Management and Social Responsibility


This curricular unit addresses Economics, Ethical Management and Social Responsibility from the perspective of ensuring that the Human Resources Manager learns to problematize the concept of ethically and socially responsible management and to consider which human resource management practices are fostering of good practices. It will also allow confronting the different approaches taken to social responsibility and considering the individual and organizational implications of management practices that integrate social responsibility principles.


Human Resources Management and Development

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

2 |Mandatory |Português



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The Concept of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The importance of Ethics and CSR in Management and Economics

Economic theories and their relationship with Ethics and CSR

Dilemmas of ethical and socially responsible management

Different perspectives on Ethics and CSR

Arguments for and against CSR

The dimensions of CSR

Good Ethics and CSR practices

The concept of sustainability

Reading Practical Guides for the implementation of CSR and Ethics:

¿ Social Accountability 8000

¿ ISO26000

¿ NP4460

¿ NP4469


1. Understand the importance of ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Management and Economics;

2. Identify and deal with ethical and socially responsible management dilemmas and find possible solutions;

3. Examine the decision-making process on ethics and CSR, as well as its individual and determinant processes and consequences;

4.d. Discuss the role of codes of conduct in promoting ethical behavior;

5. Recognize the different approaches to CSR;

6. Provide a more complete understanding of the interaction between the economic, social and environmental dimensions in business;

7. Apply the concepts of ethics and corporate social responsibility to real situations, allowing a better understanding of the interaction between ideas and practices.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The stipulated valuation method is continuous:

Frequency  (50%)
Case study  (20% = 30% oral + 70% written)
Final work - for delivery and presentation/defence (20% = 30% oral + 70% written)
Participation throughout classes (10%)

Resit Exam

Pedagogical innovation practices:

Pedagogical innovation practices, within the scope of this UC, are discussions oriented to real cases, applied to the academic area of students. These discussions are continuous and apply after the theoretical presentation of each topic. Students are also encouraged to carry out a work based on a real context.


Arnsperger, C. & Van Parijs, P. (2004). Ética Económica e Social. Afrontamento.


Carroll, A. & Buchholtz, A. (2012). Business & Society Ethics, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Management. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. 


Costa, M. A. N. et al (org) (2011). Responsabilidade Social: Uma visão ibero-americana. Almedina.


Ferrell, O.C., Fraedrich, J. & Ferrell, L. (2009). Business ethics: Ethical decision making and cases. Houghton Mifflin Company.


Rego, A., Cunha, M. P., Guimarães, N., Gonçalves, H. & Cabral-Cardoso, C. (2007). Gestão ética e socialmente responsável: teoria e prática. RH Editora.


Valier, J. (2016). Breve história do pensamento económico. Edições Texto & Grafia.

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