Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Management - CB9085

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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7 15 (7.5) DR AA Acquaye







A synopsis of the curriculum

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.

The module will provide students with an in-depth and critical understanding of CSR and will cover the follow topics:

* the evolution of CSR within the broader context of sustainability and global development and where it sits with corporate strategy discourse the manner in which social and environmental issues are incorporated into corporate strategy to fulfil sustainable development goals

* the theoretical concepts and models and the design of CSR and Sustainability Management analytical frameworks for the critical analysis of the integration of responsible business into core strategy and implementation in practice by organisations

* how sustainability in business activities can be evaluated using different tools and then communicated to stakeholders in the form of integrated reporting

* a critical understanding of wider issues of Business Ethics


Contact hours

Lectures & Seminars 36
Preparation 60
Independent Study 54
Total hours 150

Method of assessment

This module is Coursework 100% which comprises of:

Group Presentation and Essay 20%

Multiple Choice Test 20%

Individual Report – 3000 words 60%

Preliminary reading

11. Reading List (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

* 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. 2nd Edition

* 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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand and critically analyse the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability Management and its role in contemporary Corporate Strategic Management

2 Display an enhanced understanding of CSR and key elements of its characteristics to be able to design an analytical CSR framework for an organisation

3 Apply a range of tools and frameworks to assess the implementation of CSR in organisations

4 Understand how theories of leadership, change management and other models of critical factors influence CSR implementation in organisations

5 Use CSR and sustainability models to evaluate and report on CSR and on sustainability across the value chain: process, product, organisational and supply chain level

6 Explain the wider issues of Business Ethics and to develop the capacity to understand and engage with complex sustainability related business issues that affect key stakeholders

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Exhibit content analysis skills to aid decision making processes

2 Display critical thinking and problem solving skills

3 Work effectively within a group

4 Learn through reflection on practice and experience

5 Communicate (verbal and written) strategic issues effectively to both technical experts and non-specialist managers.

6 Work and study independently and utilize resources effectively

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