Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability course explores organization social practices, and strategies used to sustain resources to enhance shareholders value over the long-term period.  Will also explore CSR models that will demonstrate the nature and extent of organization involvement in social practices and the relationship with stakeholders and the public. The emphasis will be how the CSR can influence society in the area of economic, social, and environmental and thereby assisting in improving brand name of the organization.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the importance of the firm’s participation in developing or sponsoring social programs for the society’s benefit and sustainable development, as part of performance expected by stakeholders, investors, and the public. Develop ethical and leadership skills in designing or participating in social programs and improving the firm’s value.

  • What is CSR?
  • The Driving Forces of CSR
  • Stakeholder Theory
  • Corporate Stakeholder Responsibility
  • Corporate Rights and Responsibilities
  • The Pursuit of Profit
  • Incentives and Compliance
  • Accountability
  • Strategy + CSR
  • Strategic CSR
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Value Creation

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the master's level that provides a basis for developing and/or applying new ideas, often within a research context.
  • apply knowledge, critical understanding, and problem-solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study (Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability)
  • assimilate knowledge and formulate opinions with incomplete or limited information, but that include a reflection on social and ethical responsibilities.
  • communicate their assumptions, and knowledge regarding Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability and the rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously.
  • use the acquired skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed and autonomous.
  • integrate knowledge from other courses of the master program and practical business and formulate critical judgments with incomplete data.

The course is offered as self-study in e-learning. The learning material is provided in the form of lectures, literature, and lecture notes. Independent learning is required. In the case of paper submissions, further research is expected in compliance with the given scientific standard. LIVE course sessions are offered to support the students with questions regarding the content. Students are supported in their scientific work by corresponding online seminars.

All lectures and learning materials are made available in the online campus GHU Campus. All lectures are recorded and are available for download 24/7. The lecture notes, as well as additional material provided by the lecturer, can also be accessed in the GHU Campus.

Documents for exam preparation consisting of lectures and lecture notes. Additional material provided by the lecturer serves as independent files and can be used to work on the exams. The examination comprises theory questions, reflection, and case study and is intended to confirm all learning objectives.

The assessment consists of a 5000-word Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability essay and assesses all learning outcomes. As a master-level assignment, the essay requires a command of a complex and specialized area of knowledge and skills. This implies that, in addition to demonstrating a sound grasp of the ideas and concepts relevant to the topic of theessay, students will show that they can evaluate aspects such as conventions of approaches, their internal consistency, relevance, and applicability, as well as strengths and weaknesses.

To reach an assessment, students will consider competing approaches and draw on critiques put forward in scholarly literature. The position adopted in the assignment and any claims made must be based on a careful, coherent, and logical arguments, need to be appropriately supported with evidence from relevant scholarly sources, and should be presented in a coherent piece of writing. Sources must be referenced appropriately in-text and in a quote/reference list as set out in the GHU Referencing Guidelines.

Yusuf Mohammed Nulla

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