Postgraduate Course: Corporate Responsibility & Governance in a Global Context (CMSE11161)
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to explore the different views of Corporate Responsibility & Governance that are currently being researched and discussed as well as implemented in practice. It will consider the role of Corporate Responsibility as a Market Governance Mechanism and how it is embedded in other management practices such as marketing, finance and accounting, human resources management, strategy and international business.
There are different views of Corporate Responsibility & Governance out there. The dominant view is the understanding of Corporate Responsibility as corporate philanthropy and charity. In this regard, the course will
- Evaluate and challenge the different conceptions of Corporate Responsibility & Governance in different institutional contexts
- Explore the role of Corporate Responsibility as a Market Governance Mechanism and its influence on corporate strategy
- Examine how Corporate Responsibility is embedded in other management practices such as marketing, finance and accounting, human resources management, strategy and international business
- Give students a coherent and broad view of Corporate Responsibility and Governance in a systematic manner
- Examine the relationship between globalisation and the emphasis on Corporate Responsibility to fill the global governance void
By the end of the course students will be in a position to answer questions such as: What is corporate sustainability and responsibility? What is the purpose of business in the global world order? What are the possible roles of businesses in different cultures and societies? How are businesses responding to some of the world's challenges? What internal and external environments are required to enable businesses tackle some of the contemporary global challenges?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 70,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Preparatory Reading in advance of lecture
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Key assessment criteria are:
The assessment of the presentations, essays and personal reflections will be based on the University's grading scheme.
Other assessment criteria include:
The group presentations will be given credit for:
1. Coherence of argument
2. Reflects case data
3. Use of international business concepts
4. Response to questioning
5. Overall persuasiveness, creativity and evidence of team work
Group papers and personal reflections will be marked on the basis of the following criteria:
i. Presentation of an effective answer
ii. Effective employment of concepts from the course
iii. Effective use of data from the group presentations and case studies used in lectures
iv. Integration of concepts with case data
Students will be divided into groups on the first day of the course, and assigned their different presentation/project topics. The group presentations/projects will constitute 40% of the overall course grade. Peer assessment will count for 5% of the overall group presentation grade.
In addition to the presentations/projects, each student will be required to submit a 3000 word limit essay on their assigned topics, and submit a 100 word limit personal reflections on each of the 10 sessions of the course. These personal reflections will be submitted with the individual essays.
||Feedback on formative assessed work will be provided within 15 working days of submission, or in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course, whichever is sooner. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which has been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.
Students will gain feedback on their understanding of the material when they discuss their answers to the tutorial questions in the tutorials. Students may also ask questions in Lectures to assess their knowledge.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and have a critical overview of Corporate Responsibility & Governance and have a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles. Further, demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues and manners of practical implementation of CSR.
- Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of a wide range of principal professional skills, techniques and practices and ensure that use of these skills are advanced and at the forefront of CSR.
- Apply generic cognitive skills including a constant and integrated approach to critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, information and issues. Further, develop original and creative responses to complex problems and issues.
- Demonstrate substantial authority and exercise a high level of autonomy and initiative in a professional manner. Students will take full responsibility for own work and show leadership as well as contribute to group activities in a respectable manner. Finally, through the reflection essay students will demonstrate an ability to be self-critical and manage complex ethical issues.
|- Crane, Matten and Spence (2013). Corporate Social Responsibility: Readings and cases in a global context. Oxford: Routledge 978-0-415-68325-8|
- Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Kenneth Amaeshi, Paul Nnodim, Osuji Onyeka
- Business and Sustainability, 2012 Michael Blowfield 978-0-19-964298-4
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will develop their general knowledge and understanding of the topic and other relevant general matters within the domain. Further, subject specific knowledge and skills as well as an ability to imagine businesses from alternative and new paradigms will be developed. Finally, cognitive abilities and non-subject specific skills will be progressed such as evaluating the strategies and management of businesses against management models and frameworks, evaluating practical management problems and developing viable solutions, developing powerful, persuasive arguments and group working and presentation skills.
||Course secretary||Ms Rhiannon Pilkington
Tel: (0131 6)50 8072