Corporate Social Responsibility

Module code: CORP 5060

Module description

Blowfield and Murray (2011:12) describe Corporate Social Responsibility as an "umbrella term", covering the definition, management and acting upon of business' relationship to society. Many views of CSR also have either an explicit or implicit ethical dimension to them. Much current discussion of the relationship and role that business plays in society is characterized by expectations of how firms manage the responsibilities beyond the financial; that businesses must address their broader impact on the environment and society. There are a number of debates about what the scope of such responsibility should encompass, and a burgeoning academic literature that attempts to address such debates. This directs, in many ways, the applied or managerial responses to CSR issues. The module addresses both the academic literature on CSR and explores its application - and managerial impact - through case studies and contemporary examples of specific firms, industries or issues. The lecture sessions map the theory and concepts of CSR whilst the seminars seek to develop students' understanding of applying CSR concepts and prompt discussion through group activities.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 24 hours
  • Tutorials: 12 hours


  • Coursework 1: 50%
  • Coursework 2: 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

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