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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MANM252
Level: Module Co-ordinator: MILLER G Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern


Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Research Project (4000 words)




Theory Paper (1500 words)




Qualifying Condition(s) 


Must obtain 50% overall to pass module.




Module Overview

Module Overview


The rationale for studying this module is the fundamental changes to the way business will be managed in the future.  Examples such as Enron and Parmelat illustrate poor corporate governance, Rail Track’s management has led to tightening of corporate manslaughter laws, the behaviour of the banking industry has led to calls for additional taxes, regulatory change and reform to the structure of the industry and countless industries face significant change as a result of previous inaction on climate change.  Understanding CSR will be central to managing businesses in the future.


Module Aims

This module questions the extent to which Corporate Social Responsibility can benefit an organisation. The module aims to present arguments for and against developing CSR and how CSR can be implemented and integrated into an organisation. The module will critique CSR and so consider whether there is a future for CSR.




Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this module students will be able to:


  • Identify ethical issues facing an organization


  • Critically evaluate ethical theory and its significance to business practice


  • Apply ethical theory to help address business dilemma


  • Describe the value of managing the organization in a responsible manner


  • Develop and integrate CSR strategies within an organization


Module Content


Understanding CSR

 Why is CSR important? 
Theories of CSR  




The Business Case for CSR 


The power of the consumer to force change 
Greening the supply chain 
Civil Society’s ability to exert pressure on organizations 
The role of the finance and insurance industries in promoting CSR
The media’s ability to demand CSR 
The importance of internal values in encouraging CSR 


Future of CSR 
Critique of CSR 
Social entrepreneurship 
Sustainable consumption 
Changing role of business in society 


Methods of Teaching/Learning




The module will use a combination of delivery methods to promote learning. These will include conventional and more inter-active lectures, web-enabled support, and guest speakers. The growth of high-profile examples of poor business practice ensures there are a plethora of case studies to illustrate points. Best practice can also be demonstrated through cases and guest speakers.

 The teaching and learning methods include: 



  • Lectures  
  • Guest Speakers  
  • Case analysis  
  • Discussion groups  
  • Presentations  
  • Self-directed learning through: 

1.      Reading 


2.      ULearn 

Assessment Strategy


The assessment contains two elements. The theory paper requires the student to demonstrate understanding of the concepts and ideas that underpin business ethics and CSR. The Research Project requires the student to identify a company and examine their CSR strategy. This research project should employ the theory learned from the module, question the motives for the CSR strategy and consider how the CSR strategy should develop for the future.

Selected Texts/Journals

Selected Texts/Journals


Essential Reading


Crane, A., Matten, D. & Spence, L. (2007) (eds) Corporate Social Responsibility. London , Routledge.


Recommended Reading


Crane, A. and Matten, D. (2007) Business Ethics, Oxford, Oxford University Press.


Supporting Reading


Bakan, J. (2004) The Corporation, London , Constable.


Chryssides, G.D. and Kaler, J.H. (1993) An Introduction to Business Ethics, London , etc, International Thompson Business Press.


Fisher, C. and Lovell A. (2006) Business Ethics and Values, Harlow , FT/Prentice Hall.


Hartman, L.P.  (2005) Perspectives in Business Ethics, Boston , McGraw-Hill Irwin.


McEwan, T. (2001) Managing Values and Beliefs in Organisations, Harlow , Financial Times/Prentice Hall.


Nicholls, A. (2006) Social Entrepreneurship: New Paradigms in Sustainable Social Change, Oxford, Oxford University Press.


Other Indicative Readings




Age of Stupid (2009)


Blood Diamond (2006)


Blue Collar (1978)


Day after Tomorrow (2004)


End of the Line (2009)


Inconvenient Truth (2006)




Accountability Quarterly


Business and Society Review


Business Ethics: A European Review


Business Ethics Quarterly


Journal of Applied Philosophy


Journal of Business Ethics


Journal of Corporate Citizenship




Amnesty International                     


Business for Social Responsibility     


Business in the Community              


Corporate Watch                             


Ethical Consumer                             


Ethical Corporation                          


Ethical Investment Research Services


Ethical Trading Initiative                   


Fair Trade Foundation                      


Global Compact                               


Global Reporting Initiative                




Institute of Business Ethics                




A complete list of reading specific to the topics covered will be provided ahead of each lecture


Last Updated

9th September 2010