Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Management - BUSN9085

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) May Seitanidi checkmark-circle


In introducing Corporate Social Responsibility, a key context used in the discussion is globalisation. This is because Multi-National Corporations are at the centre of the public's criticism of globalisation. It is within this context that Responsibility and Accountability agenda such as UN Global Compact and responses to Social and Environmental obligations are discussed within the international agenda.

CSR approaches from the explicit and implicit perspectives are also introduced as different countries usually have tendencies to adopt different models because of institutional structures, societal expectations and corporate cultures.

Business Ethics also varies across the world and this is evident in three main areas: Culture, Law and Accountability. As such, relevant differences in mainstream Business Ethics debate in Europe, North America and Asia needs to be highlighted in terms of ethical theories development, implementation and management in practice.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group narrative coursework assignment developing a Code of Ethics, 2,000 words (30%).
Individual Report, a reflective assignment, 3,000 words (70%)

Re-assessment methods

Indicative reading

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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