Corporate Social Responsibility: the Quest for Business Sustainability - 2018

To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into a course from the provider. Read before you start

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Case Study - Individual & Group (30-40%) , Project - Group (20-30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 3,490.00
Domestic continuing 2,822.00
International 3,740.00
International continuing 3,072.00

Tuition fees are reduced for continuing registered SWI students.
Please login to view the applicable amount.

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.

Students who successfully complete this unit 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
  6. Communicate proficiently and in a professional manner, as a member of a diverse team.
  • Case Study — Individual & Group (30-40%)
  • Project — Group (20-30%)
  • Report — Individual (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.

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

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

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

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

Enquire online

Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
Make an online enquiry.

Enquire now

Ready to enrol?

Start studying this unit now.


Got a question?

Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.