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Course module: 431012-B-6
Social Philosophy for Human Resource Studies
Course info
Course module431012-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB Other;
Is part of
B Human Resource Studies
dr. B. Engelen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. C.M. Robb
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 23/03/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020
Learning goals Part 1
After the course the student is able to:
  1. Summarize and apply the arguments pro and contra free markets and connect them to insights from thinkers such as Friedman, Satz, Sandel, Marx and Wolff;
  2. Formulate the debates on desirable institutions and social justice (utilitarianism, Rawls) and evaluate the plausibility of the views in those debates;
  3. Formulate the pros and cons of meritocratic forms of organization and incentives, analyze their impact on individual motivation and apply them in concrete cases;
  4. Formulate the pros and cons of meritocratic forms of organizing companies, organizations, and society at large.
  5. Apply all of the above insights to aspects relevant to HRM.
Learning goals Part 2
After the course the student is able to:
  1. Acquire and demonstrate an understanding of what talent management schemes are, and the extent to which they disrupt equality;
  2. Acquire and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between talent development and moral obligation;
  3. Apply the principles of the certain ethical theories (such as Kantian morality, egalitarianism, perfectionism and consequentialism) to the organizational management of talent development;
  4. Acquire and demonstrate the basic research and critical thinking skills required for a written analysis of the ethical issues surrounding the nature of talent development, and organizational talent management schemes.
Content Part 1
The course consists in two parts. The first part focuses on ways in which individuals and institutions relate to each other. Three themes will be analyzed more fully:
  1. Power (Hobbes, Marx, Foucault);
  2. Ethics and justice (Mill, Bentham, Rawls);
  3. Meritocracy and incentives (Verhaeghe, Frey).
We will discuss the relevance of these insights to the workings of companies and the role of HRM: which role does power play in companies, what exactly is desirable HRM and what are the advantages and disadvantages of meritocratic policies and financial incentives such as bonuses?

Content Part 2
A key aspect of human resource management is how we identify, manage and retain talented employees. This part of the course will focus on the ethical issues that come with the process of talent management, relating this to the broader themes of self-development and moral obligation. How, and to what extent should organizations manage talent development? Why might this be ethically problematic? Do employees have an obligation to develop their talents? Do employers have a moral duty to help their employees develop their talents?
Contact person
dr. B. Engelen
Timetable information
Social Philosophy for Human Resource Studies
Written test opportunities
Tentamen / ExamEXAM_01BLOK 4110-06-2020
Tentamen / ExamEXAM_01BLOK 4202-07-2020
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Required materials
Powerpoint presentations in Blackboard
Texts via Blackboard
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