Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law
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16 weeks weeks
Online and other materials
Subjects may require attendance
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the issues driving corporate social responsibility in the Australian and global business environment;
- demonstrate an understanding of the role played by business, non-governmental organisations, standards organisations, home countries of foreign investors, and others in corporate social responsibility;
- demonstrate an ability to critically assess corporate codes of conduct in comparison to legislative regulatory frameworks, and identify the features that make either of them an effective policy tool; and
- communicate clearly an understanding of the issues covered in the unit.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
UNE-LAW102-Legal Professional Skills and UNE-LAW131-Torts Law, or UNE-LAW162-Criminal Law, or UNE-LAW172-Contract Law, or UNE-LSU100-Introduction to Legal Studies and UNE-LAW100-Foundations of Law and UNE-LAW101-Law in Context ;
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Candidature in Bachelor of Laws (4 Years) or Bachelor of Legal Studies. To enrol in this subject you will need to pass the Prerequisite/s. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not pass the prerequisite subject/s.
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
- OtherDetails -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
This subject examines the interplay of hard law, soft law, self-regulation, and ethical norms and initiatives that aim to make business more responsible towards stakeholders like communities, employees, and consumers. One important issue is whether corporations should be regulated through legislative frameworks or voluntary codes of conduct. The subject covers corporate social responsibility in the Australian and international context.
Assessment 1 Essay: 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 2 Final Examination: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will be offered online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Final Examination - 2 hrs 15 mins (60%)