Time: 17 January – 30 April 2022
Place: Online studies
Extent: 5 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 5
Target group: Everyone interested in the topic
Lecturer: Markku Nikkanen, email: markku.nikkanen@xamk.fi

Credited in degree at Xamk : All Bachelor level degrees at Xamk
Enrolment by: 2 January 2022
Price: EUR 12 / credit or semester fee EUR 175. You can read more about our payment policy here .

Please, notice that the fee for one semester will not be refunded, if the combined fees for your chosen studies remain below EUR 175 or you cancel your studies.

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please also notice, that
Xamk degree students cannot enrol on Open UAS courses.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completing the course, you will have the following skills & knowledge as you are able to

  • recognise the major theories on ethics, and morality, – including the concepts as well – and apply those in real-life situations
  • assess critically the current trends and debate on social, and environmental concerns
  • discover and analyse the primary dilemmas that are prevalent in particularly in global decision-making
  • examine the major reasons for socal injustice, and discrimination, and suggest the means and methods for tackling climate change
  • participate actively to the discussions related to the issues on ethics, and morality in a reasoned manner
  • give you own ethical contribution to the community in which you are engaged in – now and in the future
  • understand the significance of virtual interconnections in the digital era, and evaluate own involvement, and role on web particularly what comes to the ethical issues

Contents and methods:

  • Introduction (including major theoretical approaches and their application areas)
  • co-working, problem resolving, and communicative dialogue with peers online
  • virtual and distance learning option will be a applied throughout the course via Learn and via Teams
  • Students are requested to complete three discussion papers/essays either in person, with peers (teamwork), or as a collective (community of learners)
  • Following themes are particularly in focus: poverty and global inequality, human rights, and climate change.
  • Student can take also his/her own subject for an in-depth analysis
  • From the pedagogical point of view, peer-learning allows the students to have an opportunity for sharing knowledge, assess their learning experiences and subsequently defend and reflect their own opinions amid student fellows

Students complete three discussion/research papers on selected topics, which are related to the themes of the course.

Study material:
– Widdows, H.(2011), Global Ethics: an Introduction (eBook)
– Hutchings, K (2010), Global Ethics: an Introduction
– Ethics and Business: A Global Introduction (Routledge-Noordhoff International Editions) 1st Edition by Bart Wernaart (Author) eBook/2021
– Rethinking Business Responsibility in a Global Context: Challenges to Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Ethics (CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance; 1st ed. 2020 by Bodo B. Schlegelmilch and Ilona Sz?cs; Editors)
– Set of related online articles (will be announced later)

Contributory Literature:
– Küng, Hans (1993), Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic
– Nikkanen, M. (2013), Notes & Tones on Aspects of Aesthetics in Studying Harmony and Disharmony: a Dialectical Examination, Publications of Kyamk, Series B, No: 96


  • Three discussion papers & presentations: 30 % each
  • Active online participation: 10 %
  • All assignments need to be done to pass the course


Transcript of records will be delivered by request by email in PDF form

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
You can cancel your enrolment free of charge 30 days before the course starts. If you have not cancelled by the due date, we will charge the full cost of the course. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

Before the course starts, you'll receive an invitation by email to this course.

Please note that there can be changes in the course details in terms of the timetable and teachers, for example.

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