Business & Society - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Reflective Journal 2500 words (45%) , Invigilated Exam - Examination-2 hours (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,575.00

The aim of this unit is to develop students' understanding of the relationship between society, business, government, and the not-for-profit sector. It also aims to enable students to identify a range of professional capabilities necessary for participation in a sustainable society.

Business and Society provides an introduction to the relationship between society, business, government and the not-for-profit sector. It considers the historical and cultural influences on that relationship and the responsibilities of professionals as managers, practitioners, employees and customers. It provides the foundation for future study in the Accounting Course.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the relationship between the elements which make up societies and how these relationships affect the nature of work
  2. analyse how the development of these relationships is affected by time and place, including the relationships between Indigenous cultures and business
  3. identify ethical issues in business, government, not-for-profits and society
  4. identify the features of the intended profession and professional life in the community
  5. relate the importance and relevant features of student graduate qualities in preparing students for professional life in the community.
  • Assessment — Reflective Journal 2500 words (45%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Examination-2 hours (30%)
  • Presentation — Online Presentation (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1History of Business
2Meaning of Work
3Work and leisure (Work Life Balance)
4Recognising Ethical Issues
5Ethical Decision Making
6Introduction to Sustainability
7Environmental Sustainability
8Social Sustainability
9What it Means to be Professional
10Developing Professionals
11Professionals Around the World

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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.

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