CPT-38306 Philosophy and Ethics of Management, Economics and Consumer Behaviour


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Group work3
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. MF Verweij
dr. V Blok
Lecturer(s)L Schomberg
dr. V Blok
prof. dr. MF Verweij
Examiner(s)dr. V Blok

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BSc in Social Science

Continuation courses:

CPT-92406 Capita Selecta Philosophy; BMO-54306 Business and Innovation Ethics; BMO-53806 Business & Society


In this course, students learn to critically reflect on the truth claims of scientific knowledge, the basic assumptions and key concepts of management, economics and consumer behaviour and ethical issues in these fields as a basis for responsible professional conduct. What is the rationality, objectivity or truth-value of scientific knowledge? Is the market the best way to regulate consumer behaviour in general and in case of political and ethical controversies like public health, justice, welfare in particular? What are if fact the proper roles of markets, governments and civil society organisations? What are the basic assumptions of economics and the conceptualization of human being as homo economicus? Are economic actors primarily selfish and rational? And what is the ethical responsibility of corporations for the solution of societal issues? These and related questions will be addressed during this course.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- understand the differences in scientific approaches between beta and gamma sciences, based on key concepts like truth-value, rationality, scientific progress etc.;

- recognize the pluralism in scientific schools and disciplinary approaches and learn how to constructively deal with this pluralism;

- analyse and evaluate the interaction of scientific knowledge and society, based on key concepts like value neutrality, ethical controversy etc.;

- understand and analyse basic assumptions and key concepts in management, economics and consumer behaviour, like the idea of homo economicus, the concepts of markets, governance etc.;

- recognize and analyse ethical issues related to management, economics and consumer behaviour, like conflicts between private and public values, conflicting values and interests in case of political and ethical controversy etc.;

- apply ethical theories and evaluate ethically controversial issues based on cases, like the legitimacy of nudging, or doing business in contexts where corruption is common.


- lectures;

- case based tutorials;

- group assignments;

- simulation games;

- literature study;

- analysis of classical texts.


- written exam (combination of multiple choice and open questions) (60%);
- one group assignment  (25%);
- one individual assignment participation (15%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.0 to pass.


To be announced.

Verplicht voor: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScC: Spec. C - Economics and Governance1MO
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScA: Spec. A - Business Studies1MO
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScB: Spec. B - Consumer Studies1MO