Original Research

Applied Ethics and tertiary education in South Africa: Teaching Business Ethics at the University of South Africa

Louise Kretzschmar, Wessel Bentley
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 34, No 1 | a804 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v34i1.804 | © 2013 Louise Kretzschmar, Wessel Bentley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2012 | Published: 14 August 2013

About the author(s)

Louise Kretzschmar, Department Theological Ethics, University of South Africa, South Africa
Wessel Bentley, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa


This article explores how Applied Ethics, especially Business Ethics, is taught at the University of South Africa (Unisa). This discussion refers to the content of a particular Unisa module, Theoretical and Applied Ethics, which serves as an introduction to Bio-medical Ethics, Business Ethics and Environmental Ethics. The fundamentals of this course are: defining ethics; providing methods for moral decision-making; describing the role of ethics in a particular field and addressing common dilemmas in a specific context. The intention is to empower students to identify issues they are likely to face in the workplace, and to grow in confidence in their ability to make sound moral decisions when required to do so. The aim of this article is to contribute to the ongoing discussion between tertiary institutions about how the teaching of Business Ethics can be promoted, how moral decision-making in the workplace can be encouraged and what role theological ethics can play in this regard.


Theological ethics; tertiary education; Applied Ethics; Business ethics; UNISA


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