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BUS3017 : Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Iain Munro
  • Demonstrator: Dr Susan Addison
  • Lecturer: Dr Laurence Vigneau
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The overall objective of this module is to provide an in-depth ethical reflection on the relationship between business and society as well as an analysis of the management of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices within corporations. The module explores the main theoretical perspectives on business ethics and CSR. It also addresses the debates around the changing role of corporations in relation to sustainability challenges (such as climate change and human rights).

Outline Of Syllabus

The topics covered in this module include:
-       Introduction to Business Ethics and CSR
-       Theoretical perspectives on Ethics and CSR
-       Actors, pressures and issues in Ethics and CSR
-       CSR management & communication
-       The ethics of branding
-       CSR and globalisation
-       Whistleblowing and business ethics
-       Critics of CSR
-       Future perspectives on Ethics and CSR

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PIP teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials72:0014:00online lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PiP seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:0054:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS3020Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics for Erasmus and SA S2 students (NUBS only)
BUS3023Business Ethics for Erasmus and SA S1 students (NUBS only)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will introduce the theories and approaches related to the relationship between business and society as well as the management of CSR practices. Case studies will be discussed in seminars to develop insight on current issues involved in CSR management. Drop-in sessions will be used to discuss the exam and essay preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination992A5024 hr take home exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS3020Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics for Erasmus and SA S2 students (NUBS only)2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50Individual assignment of 2000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MN/A
Written Examination2MMock exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will enable an in-depth investigation of one aspect of CSR and assess the students’ ability to relate theoretical concepts to a practical example. The examination will assess the students’ overall understanding of the module content and their ability to critically analyse key issues in CSR.

Reading Lists