SSST Subjects

EC475 Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Behaviour


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Economics with International Business
  • BA Political Science and International Relations with Management
  • BSc Computer Science with Management
  • BSc Information Systems with Management

Status (core, option, free choice)



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Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code



Module coordinator

Zana Prutina


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • Corporate responsibility is concerned with the obligations corporations have to social and non-social stakeholders and the extent of those obligations.
  • The aim of this module is analyse how businesses fulfil the economic, legal, ethical and discretionary responsibilities and at the same time address the conflicting interests of the stakeholders.
  • The concept of social responsibility is highly relevant to today’s complex business environment where companies must plan, allocate and use resources to satisfy not only shareholders, but various stakeholders, including customers, employees, the community, government, and others.
  • Students will focus on each group of primary stakeholders to understand their role, but also examine what it takes to strategically manage relationships between them.
  • By understanding new expectations that businesses face and analysing various responses to such demands, students will be better prepared to tackle them in different situations and organizations, but also to further their education in business and management.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Introduction: historical background and definitions of corporate social responsibility

  • Social responsibility framework.

  • Strategic management of stakeholder relationships

  • Corporate governance

  • Legal, regulatory, and political issues

  • Business ethics and ethical decision making

  • Strategic approaches to improving ethical behaviour

  • Employee relations

  • Consumer relations

  • Community relations and strategic philanthropy

  • Technology issues

  • Sustainability issues

  • Social responsibility in a global environment

  • Giving back to society


Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time


15 1.5 22.5


5 1.5 7.5


5 1.5 7.5
Tutorials 5 1.5 7.5

Total Contact Hours


Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours

Total Engagement Hours 150.0

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline

Final exam


3 hours


Week 17

Mid-term exam


2 hours


Week 8

Project (Field work/ data collection and analysis)


3000 words


End of week 12


Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the concept of corporate (social) responsibility

  • Understanding the conflicting expectations of various stakeholders

  • Developed awareness of the constantly changing global environment

  • Awareness of local and global responsibility initiatives and practices

  • Evaluating the impact of the strategic corporate responsibility

  • Understanding the impact of the changing business context

  • Demonstrate ability to use already defined methods to undertake field research and critically analyse results.


Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures on module material (ILO: 1-6)

  • Research/investigation assignments for self-study engagement and practical application of the knowledge (ILO: 7)

  • In-class discussions will encourage active participation (ILO: 1-5)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Midterm exam (ILO: 1-6)

  • Final exam (in addition to questions related to testing knowledge, this exam will include question related to the field research project) (ILO: 1-7)

  • Course project (ILO:7)

  • Continuous class participation (ILO: 1-6)

Practical Skills:

  • Being able to recognize the relevant stakeholders depending on both the type of business and the circumstances and addressing their needs

  • Being able to discuss current events in business with regard to social responsibility issues

  • Being able to write academic report related to Corporate Responsibility

  • Being able to interpret and discuss the results of the research on CR of Bosnian companies

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures and class discussions (PS 1-2, 4)

  • Role-plays (PS: 1,2)

  • Participating in field research project (PS: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written Exam (PS: 1,2)

  • Project (PS: 2-4)

Transferable Skills:

  • Analytical skills

  • Oral and written communication skills

  • Presentation skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Research skills

  • Meet deadlines

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures and class discussions (TS 1-4)

  • Role plays (TS: 1-4)

  • Class participation (TS: 1,2)

  • Field research project (TS: 1-6)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written examinations (TS: 1-2)


Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Ferrel, O.C., Thorne, D.M. Ferrell, L. (2016). Business and Society: A Strategic Approach to Social Responsibility and Ethics. Chicago Business Press.
  • Lazslo, C and Zhexembayeva, C. (2011) Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage. Stanford University Press

Supplementary Materials

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

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Date of Production : April 2017

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee

Date approved by School Board of Study

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