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MN50456: Corporate social responsibility in an international context

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 100
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take MN50480
Description: Aims:
This unit aims to expose students to issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), particularly as they relate to the sphere of international relations. This will include the management of CSR within multinational companies in addition to the impacts of global economic integration on local communities. A multi-disciplinary approach will be adopted, drawing upon conceptual perspectives from economics, management, ethics and politics to provide a holistic view of some of the most challenging issues facing business today.

Learning Outcomes:
This unit will enable students to engage with and appreciate the complex social and environmental issues that arise within today's global business environment. Students will develop the capacity to evaluate the salient social and environmental issues facing companies. Upon completing the unit, students will be able to critically assess different approaches to the management of international CSR issues, and evaluate the prospects and limits of different policy approaches related to these issues.

Critical writing (F, A)
Interpretation of data (T, A)
Application of theories from economics, political science and sociology to real world cases (T, A)
Ability to use internet resources (F).

The unit addresses a variety of issues concerned with the management of corporate social responsibility in an international context. Many of the issues explored concern the management of CSR within multinational companies, others relate to the wider societal impacts of business on wider economic, ecological and social development. Topics addressed include, but will not be restricted to: social and environmental issues in the context of global supply chains, corruption and managing in corrupt environments, the role and effectiveness of codes of conduct in managing ethical issues in international business, the resource curse and the relationship between CSR and development, strategies for serving "bottom of the pyramid" markets. These topics will be investigated from the perspective of corporate management and possible responses via programs to ensure corporate social responsibility. In addition, these topics will also be explored from the perspective of government and with regard to different policy tools for encouraging or regulating better corporate behaviour.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50456 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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