Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michelle Greenwood


This unit analyses corporate social responsibility (CSR) from a range of different perspectives. The course is designed within a framework of understanding, applying and managing corporate social responsibility in business; CSR is considered in the context of the marketplace, the workplace, in the community and the natural environment. Through the use of case studies of Australian and international companies, students will examine CSR challenges across a range of industry settings and develop strategies for responsible management.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. compare and contrast the strengths and limitations of a range of models of corporate social responsibility
  2. examine the range of external and internal factors that impact on an organisation's corporate social responsibility
  3. analyse the major corporate social responsibilities of business, in particular within the marketplace, the workplace, in the community and the natural environment in the context of globalisation
  4. identify the tensions between conflicting business and social responsibilities
  5. critique different managerial approaches to working with stakeholders to address issues of corporate social responsibility.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michelle Greenwood

Contact hours

3 hours per week