Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Management - BUSN9085

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) May Seitanidi checkmark-circle


This module adopts the perspective of studying Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability management within the context of corporate strategy. Using lectures, case study illustrations and content analysis, practice-oriented class exercises and group presentations, the module's learning and teaching objectives are intended to provide students with a broad range of technical and general skills areas.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group presentation, (30%)
Individual Report, 3,000 words (70%)

Re-assessment methods:
100% coursework.

Indicative reading

• Crane, A and Matten, D (2016), Business Ethics: Managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalization; 4th Edition; Oxford: Oxford University Press
• Blowfield, M., & Murray, A. (2014). Corporate responsibility. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Cannon, T., & Cannon, T. (2012); Corporate Responsibility: Governance, Compliance and Ethics in a Sustainable Environment. 2nd Edition. Harlow: Pearson Education
• Chandler, D., and Werther Jr, W. B. (2013); Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Stakeholders, Globalization, and Sustainable Value Creation. 3rd Edition. London: Sage Publications
• Crane, A., Matten, D., & Spence, L. J. (Eds.). (2008). Corporate Social Responsibility: Readings and Cases in a Global Context. 2nd Edition. London: Routledge.
• Visser, W., Matten, D., Pohl, M., & Tolhurst, N. (2010). The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons
• Relevant journal articles from Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management etc

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critically analyse the concept and key elements of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability Management, its role in strategic decision making and its links to the broader issues of innovation, creation and growth of new ventures, sustainable organisational performance.
- Systematically apply a range of tools and frameworks to assess the design, implementation and management of CSR in organisations to develop requisite knowledge and practical skills needed for the current global business environment.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theories of leadership, change management and ethical and responsible approaches to people management needed for the implementation and evaluation of CSR in contemporary organisations.
- Demonstrate critical awareness of the wider issues of CSR and Business Ethics and engage with complex sustainability related business issues that affect key stakeholders and are needed by ethical and responsible business managers.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critically analyse complex issues systematically and creatively.
- Comprehensively understand and self-manage work in a complex and interdisciplinary context.
- Plan and implement solutions that can deliver actionable results to tackle and solve problems.
- Learn through reflection and to develop new skills to a high level.
- Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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