Corporate Social Responsibility: the Quest for Business Sustainability - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Case Study - Individual and Group (30-40%) , Group Project - (20-30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,050.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,300.00
International continuing 2,762.00

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The unit aims to help students understand global debates and policies concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR) by contextualising contemporary developments in this broader environment. The role of stakeholder expectations together with organisational and governance aspects are strongly represented throughout the unit as integral components of CSR strategies. The unit explores the global environment in which organisations and management now operate and are accountable. To help students respond to this environment they are presented with case studies and tools for gauging environmental impact of organisational activity.

A the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse corporate social responsibility from the perspectives of a range of stakeholder interests at an international and national level
  2. Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, and profession practices in a global and sustainable context
  3. Apply advanced knowledge of CSR issues for commercial activity within the CSR agenda such as corporate codes of conduct, monitoring and compliance; supply chain management; training and capacity building; stakeholder engagement processes
  4. Apply problem solving and decision making methodology to provide innovative solutions to legal versus voluntary compliance from stakeholder perspectives
  5. Research industry and organisational perspectives on CSR, identifying implications for an organisation
  • Case Study — Individual and Group (30-40%)
  • Group Project — (20-30%)
  • Project — (30-50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LMC701 — Corporate Social Responsibility: the Quest for Business Sustainability

Should you wish to undertake this unit as part of a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Commerce you must apply directly to the Program Coordinator.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is CSR?
2CSR and the Triple Bottom Line
3CSR and economic sustainability
4CSR and social responsibility
5CSR and environmental responsibility
6CSR: Global initiatives
7CSR: The business case
8The diversity in corporate community support for CSR: case studies
9Regulatory initiatives and government controls
10CSR and Public Private Partnerships
11CSR: The case for voluntary or regulatory control
12CSR: Tools for quality and accountability
13CSR: Your industry and your organisation
14CSR: Organisation and Culture
15CSR: Corporate citizenship and community engagement
16CSR: The way forward

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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