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2021/22 Module Reading List

Professional Ethics: Challenges and Crises, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Elizabeth Ellis
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

IDEA1000 Professional Ethics: Challenges and Crises

Privacy and the Media


Archard, David (1998) ‘Privacy, the public interest and a prurient public’, in Matthew Kieran (ed.) Media Ethics, London, Routledge, pp.82–96.

BBC, “Duchess of Sussex claims privacy and copyright breached by paper group”, 19th January 2021. URL = 


DeCew, Judith, "Privacy", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2018 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.

Lawlor, Rob, and Kevin NJ Macnish. "Protecting Politicians’ Privacy for the Sake of Democracy." Media Ethics, Free Speech, and the Requirements of Democracy. Routledge, 2019.

Big Data and AI


Chartered Insurance Institute (2015) ‘Big Data and Insurance: A Conversation’, available [online]: [Accessed 17/2/21].

Petrasic, K. 2017, "Algorithms and bias: What lenders need to know". Available at:  [Accessed 17/2/21]. 


Boyd, Danah, and Kate Crawford (2012) ‘Critical Questions for Big Data’, in Information, Communication & Society, 15, 5, pp.662–679.

Chartered Insurance Institute (2014) ‘Code of Ethics’, available [online]: [accessed 21 January 2020].

Martin, Kirsten E. (2015) ‘Ethical Issues in the Big Data Industry’, in MIS Quarterly Executive, 14, 2, June, pp.67-85.

Climate Change and Responsibility


Garvey, James (2008) ‘Responsibility’, in The Ethics of Climate Change: Right and Wrong in a Warming World, London, Continuum, pp.57-88.


Broome, John (2008) ‘The Ethics of Climate Change’, in Scientific American, June, pp.69-73. 

Gardiner, Stephen M. (2006) ‘A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption’, in Environmental Values, 15, 3, pp.397-413.

Lawlor, Rob, and Helen Morley (2017) ‘Climate Change and Professional Responsibility: A Declaration of Helsinki for Engineers, in Science and Engineering Ethics, 23, 5, pp.1431-1452.

Oreskes, Naomi (2004) ‘The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change’, in Science, 306, 3 December, p.1686.

Covid & Scientific Ethics


 Chappell, Richard Yetter, and Peter Singer. "Pandemic ethics: the case for risky research." Research Ethics 16.3-4 (2020): 1-8. URL =  Last accessed 4 March 2021.

 Dawson, Angus. "Pandemic vaccine trials: expedite, but don’t rush." Research Ethics 16.3-4 (2020): 1-12. URL =  Last accessed 4 March 2021.

Tax Avoidance


Tom Bergin, “How Starbucks Avoids UK Taxes”, Reuters, 15th November 2012. URL =

McGee, Robert W. (2010) ‘Ethical Issues in Transfer Pricing’, in Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, 7, 2, pp.24-41 (read pages 31-41 only).

O’Neill, Martin (2009) ‘The Social Injustice of Corporate Tax Avoidance’, Tax Justice Focus, 5, 2, pp.1-2. 


Dietsch, Peter. Catching capital: the ethics of tax competition. Oxford University Press, 2015. 

Mitchell, Daniel and Hiwa Alaghebandian (2009) ‘The Moral and Philosophical Case for Tax Avoidance’, in Tax Justice Focus, 5, 2, pp.6-7.

Ostas, Daniel T. (2018) ‘Ethics of Tax Interpretation’, in Journal of Business Ethics, pp.1-12.

This list was last updated on 22/11/2021