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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5052M Business, Environment and Sustainability

30 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Prof Sally Russell
Email: s.russell@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

SOEE5281M & SOEE5051M.This will not affect the new intake of students for 2022/23. Part-time students returning will need individual conversations with their programme managers to avoid repetition of learning content in the new SOEE5052M.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides a conceptual foundation for exploring the role of business in tackling the challenges of sustainability. Whilst theory can provide insights into what business should do, it is less useful in assessing the challenges associated with the responsibilities of business in the context of sustainability. This module therefore emphasises examining the real experiences of business and the stakeholders with which they interact. The module draws on contemporary case studies in the literature and also the experience of the teaching staff and guest speakers. Examples are explored from a variety of conceptual perspectives to promote critical reflection on the opportunities and limitations of business contributions to the challenges of sustainability. Students are encouraged to debate issues and draw on their own experience through discussion, writing, presentations and in-class activities and reflective writing online.

Objectives

This module provides a conceptual foundation for exploring the role of business in tackling the challenges of sustainability. Whilst theory can provide insights into what business should do, it is less useful in assessing the challenges associated with the responsibilities of business in the context of sustainability. This module therefore emphasises examining the real experiences of business and the stakeholders with which they interact. The module draws on contemporary case studies in the literature and also the experience of the teaching staff and guest speakers. Examples are explored from a variety of conceptual perspectives to promote critical reflection on the opportunities and limitations of business contributions to the challenges of sustainability. Students are encouraged to debate issues and draw on their own experience through discussion, writing, presentations and in-class activities and reflective writing online.

Learning outcomes
1. review sustainability issues as they affect business from a theoretically informed perspective
2. evaluate the policy context and pressures facing companies to address environmental and sustainable development issues
3. develop and critically analyse case studies of responsible business practice at the micro and macro level
4. reflect, debate and communicate the complex relationship between sustainability and business


Syllabus

Challenges facing business in the context of sustainability
- Theories of responsible business
- Sustainable business models
- Drivers for responsible business and the role of government
- Making the business case for corporate sustainability
- Organisational change for corporate sustainability
- Case studies of responsible business practice
- Issues relating to current responsible business practice

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Fieldwork18.008.00
Lecture101.5015.00
Practical13.003.00
Seminar101.5015.00
Private study hours259.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback provided on 300 word blog post assessments in weeks 2,4,7,9; including peer-review feedback.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportField trip report30.00
Reflective log4 x 300 word blog posts0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Please note that this is a 'Reflective blog', not a 'reflective log'.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/05/2022 14:15:15

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