The module provides a critical understanding of the concepts of business ethics, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and stakeholder management and enables you to analyse, evaluate, and formulate business decisions in the light of ethical and societal considerations. It will enable you to manage organisations and your activities in a socially responsible way through the ability to evaluate CSR practices as applied to various business issues.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
The module will consist of lectures and participative learning in the form of group work, exercises, and debates based on case studies. A range of written and visual materials will be used to stimulate and support student learning. The focus will be on applying theory to real-life situations.
|Definitive UNISTATS Category||Indicative Description||Hours|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||Lectures and workshops||Full time 40 Executive & Russia 32|
|Guided independent study||Full time 110 Executive & Russia 118|
|Total (number of credits x 10)||150|
The assessment consists of two major elements: (i) a practical exam in the form of a group presentation, and (ii) coursework in the form of an individual assignment. The group presentation involves students researching and critically evaluating CSR policies/approaches of specific companies. The individual assignment involves the analysis of a corporate social responsibility, sustainability issue relating to a business organisation case study with the application of the threoratical concepts. Students are expected to carry out this analysis with reference to concepts and frameworks of corporate social responsibility, stakeholder management and business ethics. In addition the course work will include a reflective element.
|Learning Outcome||Assessment Strategy|
|1) display knowledge of the concepts of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and business ethics.||Individual assignment|
|2) be aware of the controversies and issues relating to corporate social responsibility and through analysis and deduction be able to arrive at socially responsible solutions in complex situations||Individual assignment Group presentation|
|3) demonstrate knowledge of policies and practices relating to CSR in the form of company, industry and global codes and initiatives. and understand how these policies relate to business ethics and the concept of sustainability.||Individual assignment; Group presentation|
|4) understand the purposes and practices of CSR reporting and accounting.||Individual assignment Group presentation Plus Formative assessment. Students are asked to review a CSR report of their choice based on Global Reporting Initiative criteria. Formative feedback is given through class discussion with the tutor and other students.|
|5) analyse and critically evaluate CSR practices as applied to different business issues and stakeholders.||Individual assignment Group presentation plus Formative assessment. Students are required to analyse a case study by using models of stakeholder and issues management. Formative feedback is given in class.|
|Description of Assessment||Definitive UNISTATS Categories||Percentage|
|Group Presentation||Practical Exam||30%|
|Total (to equal 100%)||100%|
It IS NOT a requirement that any element of assessment is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module.
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