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Unit information: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in 2021/22

Unit name Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Unit code EFIM30012
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Gaya
Open unit status Not open

EFIM10015 Introduction to Management; or
ACCG20011 Management Accounting; or
EFIM10022 Accounting and Finance in Context



School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability focuses on the economic, social and environmental impacts of business and the resulting challenges faced by organisations and their managers. This is particularly important in the face of climate change, rapidly depleting resources and a growing demand from the public that business attends to its role both in causing and resolving such issues. This unit seeks to deepen students' understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) by taking a critical look at its origins, theoretical approaches to CSR, specific areas such as supply chain issues, ethical consumerism, market relations, the business case and other emerging issues. The unit will then go on to consider how an ethos around sustainability might offer a more radical approach to CSR, looking critically at the theoretical work of (for example) Gregory Bateson, the ecofeminist movement and deep ecology. The unit will also provide opportunities for students to develop their transferable skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe a range of issues relevant to CSR and sustainability
  • Explain and discuss theoretical approaches to CSR and sustainability
  • Analyze and appraise practice through the application of relevant theory
  • Critically evaluate the theory and practice of CSR and sustainability
  • Working in a team, oral communication and visual presentation skills, advocacy and negotiation.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information


1 x 1500 word essay to assess and give feedback on:

* ability to identify and describe relevant issues

  • ability to explain and discuss relevant theory
  • ability to apply theory to practice
  • essay writing skills

1 x team presentation to assess and give feedback on:

  • Transferable skills (team working, oral communication, visual presentation, advocacy, negotiation)


1 x 3500 word individual written assignment to assess:

  • ability to identify and describe relevant issues
  • ability to explain and discuss relevant theory
  • ability to apply theory to practice
  • essay writing skills


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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