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Corporate Responsibility

The aim of the course is to develop students’ reflective knowledge and critical understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an emerging management concept and practice whereby companies and other forms of organisations integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and interactions with their stakeholders.

The course covers the following areas:

  • Theories about corporate social responsibility derived from management, environmental management, accounting and other fields within the social sciences.
  • The emergence and development of corporate social responsibility.
  • Methods for critically and reflectively analysing conceptual foundations and practices of corporate social responsibility in contemporary businesses and organisations.
  • Course structure

    The course workload (model: 40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS) is allocated as follows:

    Teacher-led lectures: 14 hours
    Teacher-led seminars: 10 hours
    Debate: 10 hours
    Self-studies: 110 hours
    Assessment: 50 hours
    Total workload: 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS.
    The language of instruction is English.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.


    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:

    • Individual final exam: assesses intended learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; constitutes 50% of total course points.
    • Individual memos: assesses intended learning outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5; constitute 40% of total course points.
    • Class participation and attendance; constitutes 10% of total course points.
  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Obligatorisk läsning:

    Blowfield, Michael & Alan Murray (2019), Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Fourth Edition).

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course Coordinator: