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:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Kleio Akrivou


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is delivered at University of Reading UK. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary Corporate Social Responsibility subject involving firms, individuals and wider society with a focus on international management of responsibility.


This module aims for cross-disciplinary learning of a current corporate social responsibility (CSR) theory and practice and an exposure to the ethical issues involved from the perspective of the individual (manager), and stakeholders beyond shareholders, through an integration of research-led and experiential teaching/learning. The need for a firm to fit social performance to stakeholder environment and international dynamics are explored, combining micro and macro perspectives. It’s based on business ethics, business and society and international development debates, aiming to teach social and ethical performance of firms addition to the economic and legal performance sides, aiming to develop management action beyond profit maximisation.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Understanding the cross-disciplinary theories informing current CSR debates.

The ability to construct and present a rigorous ethical argument applied in the context of a global firm responsibility involving business and management. The ability to apply knowledge in case analysis from a variety of CSR and ethical theories.

An awareness of and a sensitivity for ethical and responsible business and management locally and in a global context.

Develop confidence for oral presentation and analysis skills in the subject- matter and develop capacity to debate and present a reflective analysis on the topic as part of a team project.

The ability to construct and present a social responsibility case analysis in domestic and international settings.

Additional outcomes:

Greater insight into a variety of topics that have a social, ‘ethical’ or moral aspect for future managers developing an international perspective involving responsible firm management. Students 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. The module may enable and habituate students in the personal development relevant to being a responsible professional in business management.


Outline content:

The content, taught in an interactive way, covers historical, economy and cultural analysis of CSR theory. Key theories taught involve wider literatures spanning from business and management, normative and ethical theories, business and society, international management and development approaches and they are applied to specific contexts of CSR with a focus on international business operation. We approach also CSR with a focus of theories which inform how to develop responsible and ethical management and governance. The content includes working in teams and conversational analysis, reflection and debates through contact hours (lectures and tutorials), team and individual work.


Global context:

The module deals with international issues in the specific subject, and utilises global case studies or speakers giving a global or overseas perspective.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Interactive and experiential learning methods are involved in the teaching of this module. Team work and feedback enforce the learning occurring through the contact hours, and all builds toward students’ preparation for the final assessment. Coursework based module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 3
Project Supervision 2
Demonstration 6
Practicals classes and workshops 5
Work-based learning 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 45
    Exam revision/preparation 35
    Peer assisted learning 14
    Preparation for tutorials 2
    Preparation for presentations 8
    Preparation of practical report 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 4
    Group study tasks 6
    Carry-out research project 6
    Essay preparation 10
    Reflection 14
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Report 15
Oral assessment and presentation 15

Summative assessment- Examinations:

The module is 100 percent based on coursework.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework 1: CW 1 is a group coursework and combines two elements as per above table (each marked separately but they are based on the same case for each group). Group oral Presentation and Written report. Each of these weighs 15 percent in the overall module mark (total cw1 weight is 30 percent).  Due by week 28 (W9 of the spring term).

Coursework 2: One individual essay of 3,000 words with a weight of 70% in the overall assessment of the module. A 10 percent excess of the upper word limit in the word count of this coursework is permissible. Due by Week 30 (W11 of the spring term).

Formative assessment methods:

Each student group is invited to discuss their draft group presentation plan and receive formative feedback. by Week 28-29 (W9-10 spring term). Also when the groups present orally coursework 1 (group presentation) rich oral formative feedback is provided.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of coursework of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

An individual essay of 3000 words (this will be capped at 50 percent). A ten percent excess in the word count is permissible. One re assessment topic to be set by module convener.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Cost Amount
1. Required text books

All readings and referenced books are provided online via our UoR TALIS electronic online reading listing system and the TALIS and Blackboard interface. Also the University electronic databases are to be used for retrieving extra literature teams or students may need to complete their coursework. 

Library orders for the textbooks of this module are covering the registered student numbers. Therefore it is not normally required of students in this module to purchase textbooks. Students who wish to do so the costs of the key textbooks should be informed that the costs for each textbook ranges from £15 (which is the usual cost of the OUP textbook by Crane and Matten, to £137 which is the cost for the “Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability & Stakeholder Management” textbook by Jill Brown and Archie Carroll as this latter is a new book. 

Students?may also look for used and second hand copies via Amazon and the prices vary from £5 to up to £60. 

2. Printing and Binding

All marking is done online so students in this module shouldn’t have any extra costs for printing coursework. 

However if students wish to print their documents at their own costs the following apply: 

1. Students can bind their work for free in the ARC in HBS. 

2. Multifunctional devices (MFD)?which can print, copy or scan are available on the?subject floors of the Library Building and on the Ground Floor of the URS Building. Send your printing from any PC and pick it up on any MFD across campus by logging in using your Campus Card. 

Printing costs general information can be found via?

Costs for  are: 

  • 5p?for A4 black and white 

  • 10p for A3 black and white 

  • 30p for A4 colour 

  • 60p for?A3 colour 

3. Computers and devices with a particular specification         

The following, which?are available on the Ground Floor of the?URS Building

145 PCs 



Last updated: 25 July 2019


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