BUSINESS IN SOCIETY

BUA5BIS

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the evolving role of business in society introducing concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Stakeholders. It is based on the view of organisations as open systems and explores the interdependencies between the environment and the organisation. It introduces various perspectives on CSR, including instrumental, normative/ethical, stakeholder and political theories of CSR. Empirically it explores CSR as it relates to the workplace, marketplace, community and ecological environment, and provides an overview of how CSR can be managed with respect to strategy, reporting and auditing, and partnerships.  

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKate Grosser

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in LMMBA or HZMBHA or LMMBAH or LMMBAA or LZFABA to do this subject.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCorporate Social Responsibility: Readings and Cases in a Global Context (2nd ed). London.PrescribedCrane, A., Matten, D., & Spence, L. J. (2013).Routledge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Debate the strengths and weaknesses of a range of arguments used to both describe and prescribe the relationship between business and society.

Activities:
Discussion, case studies, readings, assessments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Develop a range of academic outputs including an annotated bibliography, a literature review, a conference paper and a peer review of conference paper.

Activities:
Assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Differentiate between corporate social responsibility/accountability, triple bottom line, corporate citizenship, social entrepreneurship, business ethics and sustainability.

Activities:
Lectures, discussion, case studies, assessments readings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

04. Identify and critically discuss the most serious and urgent social, environmental and ethical challenges facing the world and business.

Activities:
Lectures, Readings, Class discussions, Case studies and assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Identify and critique the range of corporate responses to these global challenges, including various sustainability and responsibility models, codes and practices.

Activities:
Guest speakers, Readings, assessments, Case studies and Organisational analysis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Week 29-30, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKate Grosser

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 29 - 30
Four 1.0 days seminar per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 29 to week 30 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Regional Block Delivery dates 17 - 20 July 2015"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 short individual presentations3 minutes per presentation10 01, 04
10-15 minute group presentation(3-4 students per group), (5 minutes per student)10 01, 02, 03, 04
one 4,500-word group research paper(3-4 student per group) (1,500-word per student)40 02, 04
2,000-word individual written assignments40 04, 05

City Campus, 2015, Week 11-20, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Spoor

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 11 - 20
Six 8.0 hours seminar per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will attend 6 seminars, 14 & 15 March; 11&12 April; 16 & 17 May 9-5pm."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 short individual presentations3 minutes per presentation10 01, 04
10-15 minute group presentation(3-4 students per group), (5 minutes per student)10 01, 02, 03, 04
one 4,500-word group research paper(3-4 student per group) (1,500-word per student)40 02, 04
2,000-word individual written assignments40 04, 05

Vietnam, 2015, Week 19-25, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size60

Enrolment information Hanoi University agreement stipulates a maximum of 60 students Cohort recruitment is capped at 60

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAmalia Di Iorio

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 19 - 25
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 25 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 short individual presentations3 minutes per presentation10 01, 04
10-15 minute group presentation(3-4 students per group), (5 minutes per student)10 01, 02, 03, 04
one 4,500-word group research paper(3-4 student per group) (1,500-word per student)40 02, 04
2,000-word individual written assignments40 04, 05