BUS3001 Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility

SUBJECT INFORMATION

SUBJECT CODE

BUS3001

SUBJECT CREDITS

5

SUBJECT OWNER

AIHE Business School

SUBJECT LEVEL

Undergraduate

TOTAL COURSE CREDIT POINTS

120

OFFERED EXTERNALLY

Yes

CORE SUBJECT

Yes

 

EFTSL*

0.125

* Equivalent Full time Study Load

 

NOTE

This offering may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the time table for further details.

 

Subject Description

This subject requires students to investigate, critically analyse and evaluate the major contemporary trends in global corporate citizenship. Increasingly, corporations are being held accountable for their actions and inactions that impact on social and environmental conditions. Government and public appeals for directors to consider not only shareholder returns but also returns of an extended group of corporate stakeholders has created a potential conflict of interest and breach of director fiduciary duties. A reaction to this dilemma is the advent of the Benefit Corporation in the USA and BCorp certification globally. Students will explore the BCorp certification requirements, analyse characteristics of existing BCorps and apply the assessment instrument to an organization of their choice. This subject requires students to apply their skills and knowledge in a very practical sense and also to demonstrate their ability to voice their own values and use their judgment in a highly contentious subject area.

Textbook(s)

Wicks, A.C., Freeman, R.E., Werhane, P.H., & Martin, K.E. (2010). Business Ethics: A Managerial Approach. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ. ISBN 13:978-0-13-142792-1

Teaching Method

Semester Study Period: 3 hour Face-to-face sessions x 12 weeks + 2 hours self study/ assessment x 2 weeks plus personal study hours Winter or Summer School: 7 hours Face-to-face sessions x 5 weeks plus personal study hours

Prerequisite(s)

  • BUS2002 Understanding Contemporary Organisations
  • BUS2003 Managing Across Cultures

Assessment

Task

Length

Duration

Weighting

Individual assignment

   

20%

Group B Impact Assessment, Analysis and Evaluation Exercise

   

30%

Individual Reflection Blog

   

25%

End of semester test

 

1 hour

25%

Fees

Fees for international and domestic students are published in the AIHE's schedule of fees and charges. Scholarships maybe available.

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