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SP30072: Corporate power & the social challenge

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (100%) (ES 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take SP10043 and take SP10044. The unit may also be available to postgraduate students and undergraduates outside the Department of Social & Policy Sciences by negotiation with the unit convenor.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
i. To identify important changes in the boundaries and interactions between business and society.
ii. To relate these changes to the evolution and impact of socio-political attempts at greater social accountability.
iii To identify key social foundations on which business activity depends.

Learning Outcomes:
Students taking this unit should gain an understanding of:
* the main types of social challenge to business autonomy.
* current debates about business accountability.
* key examples of the inter-dependence of business and social institutions.

Intellectual Skills - develop capabilities to:
* think creatively and analytically;
* communicate an argument;
* evaluate others' arguments and research;
* critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information;
* gather information, data,research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e.library, web-based, archives etc.);
* select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge;
* synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding;
* utilise problem solving skills. Transferable/Key Skills - to develop:
* essay research, preparation and writing skills;
* to construct a bibliography of relevant complexity;
* team and group working skills;
* inter-personal and communication skills;
* presentation skills and verbal communication (i.e. seminar discussions)
* team and group working skills.

Changes in social and political challenges to capitalist enterprise. Philosophical, historical and social structural sources of these challenges. Socialist, corporatist and environmentalist and communitarian challenges. The social foundations of business commerce and trade: trust, association, community, values and citizenship. Anatomy of the Anglo-Saxon corporation and alternative forms of enterprise and business system. Social movement challenges and moves to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30072 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.