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Unit Overview


This unit examines the principles of responsible management and the United Nations Global Compact agreement and its implications for businesses and organisations. As a capstone unit it integrates responsible management with all of the key disciplines involved in successfully managing modern organisations. The unit explores the responsibilities inherent in each of the management functions, combined with both a global (actually, 'glocal', that is local–global) and historical perspective on how these functions fit together. The unit also looks at the roles businesses play in the development of a more sustainable society. Consequently, the unit examines specific knowledge, skills and abilities that managers require to identify and effectively respond to the ethical challenges that sustainable development presents. The focus is on equipping students to make better decisions and how to act on those decisions, as individuals and as practising managers. Regardless of setting, participants in the unit are well positioned to appropriately serve both the goals of organisations and the needs of society and the environment both in the short and long run, giving all consideration to the ethical challenges in question.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) discuss the principles for responsible management; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the role of sustainability, social responsibility and ethics in successfully managing modern organisations; (3) participate in responsible management decision making on a number of levels and across a range of functional areas; (4) demonstrate, through critical reflection, an ability to describe, explain and justify responsible management issues; and (5) know how to express and act on responsible management issues as well as the personal meaning that they hold for students.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid semester progress test; (2) project report; and (3) reflective task. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Dave Webb
Unit rules
any six units in the Master of Commerce (41680)
or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
MGMT5506 Ethics and Sustainability Management
Contact hours
Intensive mode up to 6 hours per week over 6 weeks, which will include 2 lectures and 2 workshops/tutorials per week, and may include dedicated meeting time with the unit coordinator/tutors as well as self-directed learning, and the viewing of pre-recorded lecture videos and readings ahead of timetabled sessions each week.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.