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Legal and Ethical Dimensions in HRM

Legal and Ethical Dimensions in HRM

Code: LEA3LF002
Extent: 6 ECTS (162 h)
Timing: Semester 5 - 7
Language: English
Level: Professional Specialisation Studies
Type: Optional Compulsory to those chosen LEALF2 Human Resource Management for Global Business as their specialisation.


The student has successfully completed the GloBBA Basic and Joint Professional Studies. The course is part of the module of Human Resource Management for Global Business.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • understands the hierarchy and linkage between national, EU and international laws from HRM and legal perspective
  • understands the difference of voluntary and binding agreements on international labor practices
  • has basic knowledge of Finnish and EU labor law
  • learns how to act in employment relationship both as an employee and as an employer
  • has basic knowledge of corporate governance and corporate codes of conduct
  • understands the value and basic issues in business ethics
  • understands the role of business ethics in the company's bottom line performance
  • is able to recognize ethical requirements of corporate responsibility reporting from the business ethics perspective and is able to provide input to such reports
  • is able to draft an employment contract
  • knows the issues to be taken into consideration when making and negotiating an employment contract in an international business environment
  • is able to understand privacy regulations linked to HRM questions including data transfer issues
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

  • Business ethics from a corporate perspective as well as globally
  • National, EU and international laws related to HRM
  • Voluntary and binding agreements on international labor practices
  • Elements of employment contracts
  • Drafting and negotiating employment contracts
  • Scope of confidentiality (employee vs. employer)
  • Reporting HRM as part of CSR
  • International labour law

Cooperation with the business community

Real business-based examples and cases, guest speakers.

International dimension

National, EU and International dimension from HRM and ethics perspective.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons and examination
Role-playing exercises
Case studies
Independent studies
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teachers with the main responsibility for the course

Minna-Maari Harmaala

Course materials

Ferrell, Fraedrich & Ferrell. 2009. Business Ethics. International edition. Cencage learning (or newer).
Relevant legal text and other materials such as articles to be announced later.

Assessment criteria

Active attendance 15%
Assignments 45%
Examination 40%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.