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MN50480: Principles of corporate social responsibility

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take MN50456
Aims: Corporate social responsibility is an increasingly important aspect of the contemporary business world. This course examines corporate social responsibility (CSR) and focuses on exploring the responsibilities of firms in respect of a range of contemporary environmental and social issues.
The unit builds upon prior knowledge of theoretical and empirical perspectives including stakeholder theory and institutional theory. The unit is designed for students with some prior experience of corporate responsibility and will enable students to practically apply this knowledge to complex, social and environmental issues that arise within today's business environment. The course aims to equip them with tools and approaches necessary for the practical application of theory

Learning Outcomes: Upon completing the unit, students will be able to:
* Demonstrate the application of different principles that constitute CSR, and how these perspectives inform various strategies, codes of conduct and self-regulatory standards for CSR that are advocated by stakeholder groups and companies.
* Understand the current and future challenges being faced by businesses as they negotiate their relationship with their physical and social environments in fast changing conditions, and the key questions these pose for corporate action, strategies and purposes.
* Propose strategies that balance conflicting business and social responsibilities and critique different managerial approaches to working with stakeholders
* Apply the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate responsibility to a range of contemporary social and environmental problems Critically and creatively assess different approaches to the management of CSR issues and evaluate the prospects and limits of different policy approaches related to these issues.

Skills: Studying the unit will help students to develop the skills to:
* Coherently discuss, defend, and communicate perspectives relating to CSR in writing (T, F, A)
* Identify and evaluate salient CSR challenges facing business organisations from multiple perspectives (T, F, A)
* Evaluate and critically assess strategies for responding to social and environmental issues (T, F, A)
* Interpret data and evidence concerned with companies and their social responsibilities (T, A)
* Apply theories from strategy, economics, law and political science to real world cases relating to social responsibility (T, A)

Content: The unit will draw upon theory and evidence to construct a rigorous understanding of the strategic implications of CSR. It will employ informative cases to develop a practical appreciation of opportunities for, and limitations of, emerging CSR- orientated strategies. Such strategies will speak to implications for numerous stakeholder groups (employees, communities, etc.) and numerous types of issue (community-oriented, employee-related, environmental, etc.), and may encompass social enterprise, cooperatives, and green business.

Programme availability:

MN50480 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management

MN50480 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology

MN50480 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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