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LUBS2970 Corporate Social Responsibility

10 creditsClass Size: 370

Module manager: Dr Matthew Davis

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Knowledge of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and business ethics is critical for all managers and those involved in business. The international banking crisis and high profile disasters in the textiles industry have illustrated the social and business cost of poor ethical and CSR decision-making. The CSR dilemmas and problems that managers need to negotiate are becoming ever more complex due to the nature of globalization and the emergence of developing economies. Too often CSR is seen as a public relations issue. This module offers an overview of the key issues involved in CSR and the challenges facing modern organizations. The module examines the responsibility business has to society and how the balance can be managed. The module helps you to identify CSR issues, make informed decisions and articulate these to stakeholders. The module showcases research relating to environmentally sustainable behaviour and modern slavery. Ethical reasoning is introduced - in particular the question of to whom a firm is responsible and how to approach ethical decision making. Key ideas and practices are highlighted using case studies and video clips. This module is designed to be accessible for all, regardless of subject discipline, but students with some organizational experience or business knowledge will probably relate more easily to some of the material. The module supports and encourages you to engage with, and learn from, CSR theory and think about how to put it into practice.


The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview of the key issues concerning Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the ethical and sustainability challenges facing organizations. It will explore the relationship between business and society, together with how the balance may be managed and strategies to support CSR and sustainability. This module offers students an insight into global citizenship and the responsibilities of business to their stakeholders - important for anyone entering the modern business world.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Recognise and summarise key terms, business practices and relevant theories relating to CSR and sustainable development
- Articulate a business case for CSR
- Identify and give examples of different stakeholders and recognise that they may hold different positions on issues of CSR
- Explain the relationship business has with poverty
- Critically assess the impact of CSR

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have developed the skills necessary to:
Subject specific
- Identify and discuss differing ethical and social issues facing organisations
- Develop and articulate logical arguments to support the goal of CSR

- Develop and articulate logical arguments to support a chosen viewpoint


Indicative content:

Introduction to key CSR concepts

Shareholder Theory and Stakeholder Management

The Business Case for CSR

Sustainable Development, Business and Poverty

Ethical Decision Making

Sustainability and employee action

Impact and Future of Corporate Social Responsibility

E-Lectures provide an opportunity for questions and feedback on module themes and exam requirements.

Supported by five seminars designed to deepen students' understanding of the topic by debating debating business ethics issues concerning CSR, practical approaches to issues such as modern slavery and an exam preparation session.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning92.0018.00
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2000 word assignment

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/09/2020 13:34:42


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