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Corporate Responsibility

Corporate Responsibility

Code: BUS8LH101
Extent: 5 ECTS
Timing: Semester  **
Language: English with possibility to complete assignments in Finnish for Finnish speaking students.
Level: Elective studies
Type: Optional




Learning outcomes

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.

Course contents

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



Cooperation with the business community

The course is implemented totally on-line. The required tasks can always be applied to a company, if the student has such company available. Otherwise, there is no practical cooperation with the business community.   


Learning and teaching methods

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 (APL, in Finnish AHOT)

Accreditation of prior learning is observed on the course according to separate instructions


Teachers with main responsibility for the course

Minna-Maari Harmaala, Pasila


Course materials

All materials are available on-line and recommended reading and other reference materials are available on-line.


Assessment criteria

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.