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Social Responsibility and Ethics (BUSA90481)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBUSA90481
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Summer Term
April
April
June
September
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject, students learn about the societal context in which business operates, together with the skills for reasoning about ethical problems that arise in this context. The course examines the various stakeholders of business and discusses the obligations of corporations to those stakeholders. It considers strategies for achieving corporate social responsibility goals – such as environmental sustainability and social outcomes ‐‐ taking into account both the ethical case and the business case for such strategies. The course also examines a range of alternative approaches to moral reasoning as well as the applications of those approaches to the complex and dynamic ethical problems that confront leaders of modern organizations, both in Australia and in other cultures.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Apply the different approaches to moral reasoning and appreciate the limitations of these different approaches;
  • Apply various ethical frameworks in the analysis and resolution of ethical problems
  • Recognise some of the potential pitfalls of individual moral judgment;
  • Describe the different forms that corporate social responsibility can take;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the business case for corporate social responsibility;
  • Appreciate the ethical dilemmas that arise in persuasion and communication with stakeholders, including customers, workers, and shareholders;
  • Respond to the ways in which consumers’ purchase decisions are influenced by their ethical frameworks.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Additional details

January, June and September (Full time and Part Time):

  • Contribution to class learning (equivalent to 250 words), ongoing throughout subject (10%)
  • Syndicate presentation (equivalent to 500 words per individual), due in the teaching period (20%)
  • Individual research assignment (1500 words), due two weeks after teaching period (60%)
  • Case preparation and discussion (equivalent to 250 words), ongoing throughout subject (10%)

Hurdle requirement: to pass this subject, students are required to pass the individual research assignment.

March (EMBA):

  • Syndicate assignment (equivalent to 500 words per individual), due at the end of the subject (20%)
  • Final examination (2 hours), held at the end of the subject (80%)

Hurdle requirement: to pass this subject, students are required to pass the final examination.

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours15 hours
    Total time commitment70 hours
    Pre teaching start date 8 January 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents are required to complete approximately 10 hours of reading to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period.
    Teaching period10 January 2019 to 12 January 2019
    Last self-enrol date 8 January 2019
    Census date10 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 January 2019
    Assessment period ends19 January 2019

    Summer Term contact information

    Melbourne Business School

    Degree Program Services

    Email: programservices@mbs.edu

  • April
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours15 hours
    Total time commitment70 hours
    Pre teaching start date 2 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents are required to complete approximately 10 hours of reading to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period.
    Teaching period 4 April 2019 to 6 April 2019
    Last self-enrol date 2 April 2019
    Census date 4 April 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 9 April 2019
    Assessment period ends13 April 2019
  • April
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours15 hours
    Total time commitment70 hours
    Pre teaching start date28 February 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsstudents are required to complete approximately 10 hours of reading to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period
    Teaching period25 April 2019 to 28 April 2019
    Last self-enrol date11 March 2019
    Census date26 April 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail26 April 2019
    Assessment period ends28 April 2019
  • June
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours15 hours
    Total time commitment70 hours
    Pre teaching start date25 June 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents are required to complete approximately 10 hours of reading to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period.
    Teaching period27 June 2019 to 29 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date25 June 2019
    Census date27 June 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 2 July 2019
    Assessment period ends 6 July 2019

    June contact information

    Melbourne Business School

    Degree Program Services

    Email: programservices@mbs.edu

  • September
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours15 hours
    Total time commitment70 hours
    Pre teaching start date17 September 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents are required to complete approximately 10 hours of reading to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period.
    Teaching period19 September 2019 to 21 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date17 September 2019
    Census date19 September 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail24 September 2019
    Assessment period ends28 September 2019

    September contact information

    Melbourne Business School

    Degree Program Services

    Email: programservices@mbs.edu

Time commitment details

70 hours

Additional delivery details

PLEASE NOTE: this subject is not being run in April or July, please ignore any references to April or July teaching availabilities above.

This subject is only available to students admitted to GD-BA, GD-MKTG, MC-BAPT, MC-BAPTME, or students with permission of the MBA Course coordinator.

In some offerings, this subject will have a pre-teaching period:

  • Check availability information (above) to see which offerings have pre-teaching periods.
  • Students are required to complete readings and preparation tasks as specified by the lecturer in the pre-teaching period.

Further information

Last updated: 4 September 2019