MMM034-International Corporate Social Responsibility

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Kleio Akrivou


Summary module description:
Students will study the issue of Corporate Social Responsibility of firms from the perspective of firms, individuals and wider society. The social and ethical performance of firms is considered in addition to the economic and legal sides of corporate performance, in order to analyse business activity from more than merely the perspective of profit maximisation.

To develop a current understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and develop students’ awareness on the ethical issues involved from the perspective of the individual (manager /agent and stakeholder), of individual firms and of wider society, by combining a rigorous theoretical and a strong applied foundation on the topic. The need for a firm to fit social performance to its international business and non-business stakeholder environment is explored (business and society perspective). Importantly, the module design and pedagogy aims in developing a critical and thorough examination of CSR via juxtaposing and integrating a normative understanding rooted in business ethics, and an understanding of responsibility and the role of business in society rooted in current CSR theory, discourses and action that may transcend the normative understanding . Both theory and case studies are utilised.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of this module, students should have developed:
• A critical awareness of CSR core theory models and its current challenges
• A critical understanding of CSR challenges for international and global business, linking various non business and business stakeholder interaction with organisations that conduct business internationally
• Foundational skills that enable students to identify key issues and stakeholders involved in critical ethical and corporate responsibility dillemmas for international firms
• Basic knowledge of the relation between corporate governance, corporate responsibility and the role management;
• An understanding of some of the key concepts in and basic models of how one should apply CSR
• The ability to critically compare and contrast competing approaches to CSR; such as normative, ethics driven approaches to CSR in terms of business’s role in society and action related approaches to CSR
• The ability to construct and present a rigorous ethical argument;
• The ability to analyse business and management cases from a variety of CSR and ethical perspectives to argue on responsible policies and practices by firms and individuals in key roles.
•Develop some capacity for oral presentation and oral analysis skills in the subject

Additional outcomes:
Through taking this module, students should gain a greater insight into a variety of topics that have a social, ‘ethical’ or moral aspect for international managers. They should be able to discuss in depth both practical and theoretical issues relating to the responsibility and responsiveness of business to society and ethical decision-making.

Outline content:
1. Introduction - what is CSR? Responsibilities of firms and CSR in historical, economy and cultural context.
2. Normative Ethical theories
3. Corporate Codes of Ethics
4. Stakeholder theory: Descriptive, Instrumental & Normative Aspects
5. Descriptive Ethical Theories
6. Managing and Implementing CR - The Business Case
7. MNEs and Ethics
8. Corporate Responsibility and the Corporate Governance Framework
9. Impact, Criticisms and the Future of CSR
10. Student group presentations and feedback

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught through a 2-hour lecture session each week and 3X1 hour tutorial sessions, combining elements of lectures, case analysis and class discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Tutorials 4.5
Project Supervision 2.5
Demonstration 10
Work-based learning 10
Guided independent study 143
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:
First Essay, partly formative, of 2,000 words20%

Second Essay of 3,000 words50%

Team Project (with two components, i.e. one presentation and one written report of 1,000 words) 30%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:
The module is assessed with 100% coursework.

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average mark of coursework of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmit coursework (one essay) in August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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