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Postgraduate Course: Corporate Responsibility & Governance in a Global Context (CMSE11161)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 127 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group presentations/projects 50% (assess learning outcomes: 1,2,4 )
Individual Essay 40% (assess learning outcomes; 1,3)
Short Quiz (assess learning outcomes: 1)

Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Reading List
Required Text (for pre-reading)
- Crane, Matten and Spence (2013). Corporate Social Responsibility: Readings and cases in a global context. Oxford: Routledge 978-0-415-68325-8
Complementary text
-Crane, Andrew; McWilliams, Abagail; Matten, Dirk; Moon, Jeremy; Siegel, Donald S (2008). The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford University Press.

Additional Information
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 organiserDr Xiaobai Shen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3819
Course secretaryMiss Fionna Ogilvie
Tel: (0131 6)51 3028
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