Module Title:Corporate Social Responsibility
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 5 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises and workshops- student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials.
Module Aim: The aim of this course is to give students a thorough appreciation of the business's social and ethical responsibilities to external and internal stakeholder groups.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Identify, analyse and critically evaluate power of the various internal and external groups of stakeholders
LO2 Assess and critically evaluate the spheres and levels of Corporate Power
LO3 Outline, analyse and critically evaluate the four components of Corporate Social Responsibility
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Corporate Social Responsiblity
Corporate Social Responsibility; Corporate Governance: Concepts and Definitions
Corporate Governance and Strategic Management Issues
Corporate Governance: its role within business organisation, Understand the relationship between stakeholder Management and corporate performance; Unique Role of Stockholders; Profitability, Profit Growth and Stakeholders claims
Agency Theory
Agency Theory and the Corporate Structure; The Information Assymetry; Challenges for Principals
Governance Mechanism
Internal and External Governance Mechanism; External: Board of Directors, Stock Based Compensation, Financial Statements, Takeover Constraint; Internal: Strategic Control System, Employee Incentives
Business and Society
Characteristics of Business and Society and their interrelationships ; The Pluralistic Society: definition, characteristic: Pluralistic Society as a special interest -society
Social Environment, Business Criticsm and Corporate Response
Factors in Social Environment;The Social Problem; Iron Law of Responsibility, Business Power; Levels and Spheres of Corporate Power .
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Citizenship: Social Responsibility, Responsiveness and Performance; Historical Perspective on CSR; The Four Components of CSR; The Pyramid of CSR The CSR Equation
Business Responses to call for CSR
Defensive approach Cost-benefit approach Strategic apprach Innovation and learning approach
Corporate Social Performance
Corporate Social Performance: Carroll's Model Corporate Social Performance: Wartick & Cochran's Model
Corporate Citizenship
Stages of Corporate Citizenship: A Developmental Framework
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies Two case studies on Corporate Social Responsibility issues will be used to assess students' critical thinking and analytical skills. One of these will be based on group work and the final case study will be an individual case study assessment. 1,2,3 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BHCPR_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Public Relations and Media 6 Group Elective 3
CW_BHCPR_D Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Media 6 Group Elective 3
CW_BBLAW_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business with Law 6 Group Elective 1
CW_HHIBU_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business 8 Elective
CW_BBBBM_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Management 8 Elective