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CTU3070 Corporate Social Responsibility

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Geoff Slaughter
Moderator: Marie Kavanagh

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course introduces sustainability frameworks that businesses can use to make business decisions that strike a careful balance between corporate profits, environmental stewardship, and social justice. Emphasis is placed on strategies to resolve ethical conflicts using values-based strategies that respect the needs of all stakeholders. Students will analyse business practices to identify ethical conflicts that are a result of an overemphasis on corporate efficiency and profits and will have the opportunity to suggest alternative corporate strategies that are beneficial and responsible to all parties.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. distinguish between personal ethics and corporate responsibility
  2. assess business practices to minimise the risk of corruption and educate employees in anti-corruption policies and procedures
  3. identify the responsibilities that businesses have to customers, to shareholders, to society, and to the environment; plan values-based business strategies and actions that respect the welfare of all three areas
  4. evaluate an organisationís business practices to determine what current economic, social, and/or environmental risks may exist and for which stakeholders; identify external influences that may pose or influence possible risks for the organisation
  5. conduct a critical analysis of business practices to determine the extent to which they are both responsible and sustainable in the long term
  6. recommend methods for the internationalisation of business practices in ways that are respectful of cultural and social needs.


Description Weighting(%)
1. All topics carry equal weighting.
1. Why is sustainability important?
2. Leadership
3. Organising for sustainability/mental models
4. Developing a sustainability strategy
5. Managing the change to a sustainable enterprise
6. Metrics and measurement systems
7. Employee engagement
8. Sustainable globalisation
9. The benefits of sustainability for corporations and society

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Epstein, MJ 2008, Making sustainability work: best practices in managing and measuring corporate social, environmental and economic impacts, Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, California.
  • Wirtenberg, J, Russell, WG & Lipsky, D 2009, The sustainable enterprise fieldbook: when it all comes together, AMACOM/American Management Association, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 39.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 87.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 20 20 28 Feb 2012
CSR STATEMENT REVIEW 10 10 16 Mar 2012
ARTICLE REVIEW 10 10 27 Apr 2012
GROUP PROJECT: PAPER 15 15 08 Jun 2012
PARTICIPATION 10 10 08 Jun 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. WEB: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This will be an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at