The course is designed to equip the student with a well-rounded basic understanding of what is corporate responsibility, how it manifests in organisations and what are the key tasks to be considered in successful corporate sustainability initiatives.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student understands the notion of doing well by doing good and can skillfully assess the appropriateness of CSR activities to the company.
The course will cover diverse topics, such as
Understanding corporate responsibility management
Understanding benefit corporations
Understanding and appreciating stakeholder dialogue as part of CSR initiatives
Exploring responsibility in the supply chain of corporations
Exploring how sustainability is used as a sales argument and in advertising
Evaluating responsible consumption
Virtual or Work & Study
The course is divided into 6 sections; each designed for a specific topic. Each section has 1-2 tasks and is evaluated separately. Optimal timing is to complete the course within one semester; i.e. roughly 16 weeks. All tasks can be done either in English or Finnish.
Independent work on-line: 140 hours
Accreditation of prior learning is observed on the course according to separate instructions
All materials are available online and recommended reading and other reference materials are available online.
Please note that the language of instruction is English and students have to submit all assignments in English.
Starting level and linkage with other courses
Assessment criteria - grade 1
You know the key concepts within the course’s scope, but are yet to develop the general view and the big picture of the subject matter.
You can complete given tasks and assignments with assistance. You need to develop how to apply knowledge.
You demonstrate some ability to perform skills and have basic knowledge, but you have difficulty to manage without assistance.
Assessment criteria - grade 3
You know the key concepts well and can explain how the theories and models function and the tools are used. You have a general view of the subject matter.
You complete given tasks and assignments independently. You apply knowledge in hands-on business related situations. You can critique your own practice and identify ways to improve.
You demonstrate sufficient ability to perform skills and have basic to good knowledge. You can perform independently, but you have some challenges in passing on your skills and knowledge to others. You have an interest in professional development.
Assessment criteria - grade 5
You have a strong command of the key and related concepts. You can critically evaluate theories, models and tools. You can demonstrate explicit knowledge of the subject matter, and how it relates to other disciplines.
You apply knowledge in demanding business related situations. You can prioritize and critically select tools and methods for solving complex problems in the subject matter.
You execute skills with natural proficiency and you have detailed and explicit knowledge. You can perform independently and you are also able and actively willing to help others develop and pass on your skills. You have an attitude of continuous professional development.
Evaluation criteria, approved/failed
Students' performance is graded on the following scale: Excellent (5), Very good (4), Good (3), Satisfactory (2), Fair (1), Fail (0).
Each section and exam is worth 14% of the final grade.
Assessments can be followed in Moodle.
All tasks must be completed with at least grade 1.